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Announcement: Narration Podcasts & Typeset PDFs

I have often received complaints, or let’s call it feedback, that people would like to read more of The Worthy House, but really, who can be expected to have time to read long-form writings, especially those as long-form as here? I have some sympathy (though not enough to change the format, or break up pieces from paragraphs to easily digestible sentences, as you often see on the Internet). In fact, I have enough sympathy that I have made two additions to the site, in order to enable easier consumption of our uniformly stellar writings.

First, for all writings from May 1, 2019, we now integrate an audio version into each post, in the form of embedded narration podcasts. At the bottom of each post is an audio player, from which the post can be played directly from any browser, or downloaded. All narrations are available for subscription on Apple Podcasts (thus accessible from iPhones, for example) and any podcast syndication can be fed from our podcast RSS feed (http://podcast.theworthyhouse.com/feed.xml). To see all narrations in one place, go here.

Second, also for all writings from May 1, 2019, you can now download a PDF version, which is not a printed version of the screen, but rather a typeset, book-style PDF, designed to be easy to read and easy to print. (We don’t care about killing trees; go right ahead and print hundreds of copies, and distribute them to your friends.) This PDF is accessible with the green button at the bottom of the post (right after the audio player).

We may also add narrated podcasts and PDFs for selected posts earlier than May 1, though that remains to be seen. We also hope to expand the podcast format to include live discussions and debates, but that also remains to be seen.

12 Comments

  1. Curt says

    Great work Charles! Perhaps in addition to the PDF file, you could have an epub or mobi file so that folks could read it on their ereaders? I think there is also some feature that allows wifi enabled ereaders to auto-download such ‘subscriptions’.

  2. Jared says

    Good grief, Charles. Not only do you find the time to write your reviews, but now you also record them! You really know how to stick it to a fellow who’s been threatening to write a review of a single book by René Girard for what feels like a year now.. 😉

    Incredible work, as always!

    • Charles says

      Thank you. I still want the Girard review! I went out and invested in an entire Joe Rogan-type set of podcast hardware, so in theory we can do more with it, such as discussions/debates. (Still a bit of work on the reverb in the audio setup, with noise dampening panels, and so on, but the goal is to be as professional as possible.)

    • Edward Freeman says

      A truly virtuous man would finish the Girard review by the end of the week. You can do it, just blow off work for an hour or two each day 🙂

  3. I like your usage of the royal “we” (and “our”) in this announcement (unless TWH has an editorial board that I am not aware of). Very fitting for a Maximum Leader.

    • Charles says

      Yeah, I shifted back and forth, deliberately. Makes Us look better.

  4. Ha! You’re a funny bastard Charles

    I also want to say “well done”, and I really look forward to hearing you engage in discussions/debates with others.

    • Charles says

      Thank you. I’ve said this elsewhere, but I am very interested in debates, written or verbal, since it helps one be more clear, and gain understanding. It’s just that most “debates” are nothing of the sort, since the quality of discourse today is so low.

  5. Edward Freeman says

    Some friends of mine are at letter.wiki, trying to make a place for civil debates. They’re pretty liberal though (enlightenment meaning, not progressive) so you might not like the current ones, but you could probably find a good interlocutor. I’d also love to see you have a chat with pastor Paul VanderKlay who is very interesting and open-minded.

    • Charles says

      Now that’s very interesting. Letter.wiki both seems to provide something badly needed, and to be a potential place for me to cross-post Colloquies from. I’m not going to use my real name (yet), though, and I’m not sure that I have the time to add another line of writing! As I think about it, my primary additional interest is in verbal debates, since those are a very different thing. Not to denigrate the written debates, since those are very useful for sharpening and seeing (or being shown) holes in one’s argument, but the verbal platform is something I’d like to see. Aware of any equivalent there?

      I just listened to a podcast (a cross-posted YouTube video) from Jonathan Pageau, of a conversation with Vander Klay. Quite interesting, though Pageau was a bit rambling.

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