Volume 89 of the Mars Hill Audio Journal is now available! The primary issues discussed this month revolve around two themes: Psychiatry and Normal Life, and Philosophies in Film – very relevant themes, to say the least.
In case you are unfamiliar with it, the MHAJ is “a bi-monthly audio magazine of contemporary culture and Christian conviction.” Think of it as Christian NPR.
Download a free edition here. Download free bonus tracks here. They also offer a great podcast called Audition. The host is Ken Myers, who is also the author of All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes, which you should read.
This is what is on this new edition:
- Jerome C. Wakefield, on how psychiatry began ignoring symptoms of mental suffering and so defined sadness as a disease
- Christopher Lane, on the complex characteristics of anxiety and the tendency to treat the absence of ease with drugs
- Dan G. Blazer, on why psychiatric disorders require attention to the story of patients’ lives
- Fred Turner, on 1960s dreams of countercultural change and the rise of the Whole Earth Catalog
- Barrett Fisher, on the films of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, etc.)
- Thomas Hibbs, on the theme of the possibility of redemption in film noir, “neo-noir,” and similar films
- Jerome Wakefield (bonus track), on the role of drug companies in promoting new views of human well-being
As I’ve said before, this is an absolutely indispensable subscription for me. I never fail to be stretched in my thinking and understanding of the issues discussed. The fact is, I could write paragraph after paragraph of how much Mars Hill has enriched my life. It has been sheer pleasure to listen in on the conversations Ken has with his guests and be drawn in to a world of thoughts, ideas, and issues that I would otherwise have never thought about, much less though about well or Christianly, all for only $30 a year. I hope you’ll check them out. (This is a non-paid advertisement!)