This is a fun little link. I have talked about Diana Glyer’s important work on creativity and collaboration. The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community is a twenty-year wonder book, one of the most important books in Inklings studies as it explores the intimate connections between Lewis, Tolkien, and their friends as they worked to get their life-changing writing out into the world. Diana has also written Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings, a popular version for artists, writers, and readers of the Inklings. I was also able to join Diana on William O’Flaherty’s show to talk about the Tolkien biopic a couple of years ago, as well as an open class on Narnia and Friendship, and I really appreciate her voice.
As a careful scholar and public intellectual, I was a little surprised to see her name come across my Twitter feed connected to Christian satire collective, The Babylon Bee. Not that she isn’t funny, of course, but satire is a particular kind of chimeric beast. The guys at Babylon Bee are clearly fans of the Inklings, though–particularly C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and folks like G.K. Chesterton. So they brought Inklings expert Diana Glyer into the studio for their podcast/video show
I like The Babylon Bee. I wish they were just as funny at making fun of conservatives as progressives and liberals. We see that limitation on late-night shows on the other side, these days, so there is room for growth. I also wish they were better at making fun of Canadians, but you can’t have everything you want. “Fake News You Can Trust” is a pretty good slogan, though. In any case, I like this interview and hope you enjoy it.
There is a further, subscriber version somewhere, but I’m not a subscriber. Here’s the free bit, though, a half-hour of informative and funny conversation with Diana on the Inklings and creativity.