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This episode Derek interviews Laura Miller, one of the original co-founders of the popular online site about her first book, 'The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia.'. A personal story about her experience re-reading her favorite series of books, 'The Chronicles of Narnia', uncovering the meanings embedded into them by C.S. Lewis, then realized how one can still find immense joy in books, even when one does not agree with some of the messages contained within.
Show Notes

– Date – April 7th, 2015
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Interview: Laura Miller [23:30]
– Was employee number 5 at
– We should still call sites like Salon ‘web magazines‘.
– Laura has left behind her Salon ‘What to Read’ column to focus on more cultural themed articles and stories.
– Her most recent article was an interview she did with past Skepticality guest, Jon Ronson.
– His recent book is all about public shaming, especially on the Internet.
– Her article focused on things like the Lindsey Stone internet shaming event.
– These days, especially, it is important for you to support your local, independent, book seller.
– ‘The Magician’s Book‘ is her first book.
– She did NOT write the ‘Walt Disney World for Dummies‘ book.
– Laura felt sort of ‘tricked’ when she found out about the secret, Biblical, meaning to the Narnia books.
– Derek had a similar feeling of ‘betrayal’ after learning about Sir Author Conan’s fascination with all things unbelievable.
– Sadly, Doyle did not love Sherlock Holmes as much as his fans did.
– C.S. Lewis wrote a little known book called ‘Experiment in Criticism‘.
– C.S. Lewis was good friends with J.R.R. Tolkien, they were both part of a group at Oxford, ‘The Inklings’.
– They would meet at a pub in Oxford, ‘The Eagle and Child‘.
– It might be possible that we would not have Lord of the Rings without the prompting of C.S. Lewis, convincing Tolkien to write it.
– Grab yourself a copy of ‘The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia‘ now!

Outro Music [1:05:20]
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