Detective Story

Detective Story

Everyone loves a good whodunit, but why does the figure of the fictional detective tower so staggeringly over the modern world? He or she is a seeker of truth, a resolver of conflict, a subcultural liaison and perhaps even a shaman for an increasingly secular world. Join Robert and Christian for dive through the history, science and cultural resonance of the detective story.

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"Unholy Mystery: Detectives are the New Shamans and Priests" by Jason Webster (Aeon)

"Why Do People Read Detective Stories?" By Edmund Wilson (New Yorker)

Topics in this Podcast: science, Literature, True Detective, christian sager, history, religion