Anyone who travels along the path of digital Narnian pilgrimage is bound to bump into William O’Flaherty‘s work. He is the voice behind the C.S. Lewis Minute, which offers a daily soundbite of Lewis trivia and biography. These catchy, quick “did you know?” moments delivered to your inbox are a great daily ritual of thoughtful background to some of your favourite C.S. Lewis works.
William O’Flahery is also the brainchild of “All About Jack,” a prolific podcast of expert interviews with Lewis scholars and biographers. These meatier interviews give voice to people that aren’t normally invited into the popular media conversation. For example, Dr. Michael Ward’s work (Planet Narnia, The Narnia Code) is given new depth with his clear and simple interview. And this week, William has interviewed Terry Glaspey about his book, Not a Tame Lion, which I reviewed quite positively last winter. In these interviews, we also get to hear about the writer’s personal story, and how he or she became a pilgrim in Narnia to begin with.
One of my favourite series in the All About Jack podcast is the Essay Chat. C.S. Lewis wrote more than a hundred essays, many of which are scattered throughout obscure book collections and largely unavailable to us. Other essays are still in print, but largely unknown to the wider public. These 10-12 minute interviews with Lewisian thinkers allow us to get to know some of “Jack” Lewis’ most succinct and poignant work.
I’ll have the opportunity to meet William in person at month’s end. We are both presenting at the C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Colloquium at Taylor University in Upland, IN. Meanwhile, check out this engaging podcast series to broaden your understanding of Jack Lewis and tickle your brain with some of his critical essays.