Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

#259: Jim Becomes One of Them, Part 2

Aired Monday, June 14, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim's time with the "three dirty owls" on the lifeboat removed from the Patna.

#258: Jim Becomes One of Them, Part 1

Aired Monday, June 7, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s mental state and the events that led him to jump ship.

#257: ‘Enough to Make Angels’ Weep’

Aired Monday, May 31, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s recollection of his fight with the skipper and three engineers as they prepared to abandon the Patna and 800 pilgrims.

#256: Marlow Invites Jim to Dinner, Part 3

Aired Monday, May 24, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap continue to discuss Marlow’s dinner conversation with Jim. Outside of the restaurant dining area, Jim fully opens up to Marlow about the unfairness of the inquiry. He works hard to defend his damaged reputation. Jim also reveals the cowardly actions of the skipper, the chief engineer and his assistant at the onset of the Patna crisis.

#255: Marlow Invites Jim to Dinner, Part 2

Aired Monday, May 17, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap continues to discuss Marlow’s dinner conversation with Jim. As the two seamen move from the restaurant to an outside veranda, Jim opens up and reveals his actions and inaction during the Patna emergency.

#254: Marlow Invites Jim to Dinner

Aired Monday, May 10, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap finish Chapter 6 and begin Chapter 7 of Joseph Conrad’s complex novel Lord Jim. After a near street brawl, Marlow convinces Jim to meet him for dinner. As promised, the revelation of what happened on the Patna is about to begin.

#253: Marlow Takes Charge of Jim’s Story, Part 2

Aired Monday, May 3, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap delve into chapter 6 of Joseph Conrad’s complex novel Lord Jim. The two discuss Marlow’s stories of Captain Brierly and his chief mate, Jones. Brierly assumes himself to be a perfect skipper, though Jones would disagree. Brierly’s story should lead us to examine our own weaknesses.

#252: Marlow Takes Charge of Jim’s Story, Part 1

Aired Monday, April 26, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap continue discussing Chapter 4 of Joseph Conrad’s complex novel Lord Jim. The two discuss Jim’s awareness of Marlow’s attendance at his inquiry and reveal Jim's first impressions of Marlow. Moving into Chapter 5, the literature team shows how Marlow assumes control of Jim’s story.

#251: Jim’s First Encounter With Marlow, Part 2

Aired Monday, April 19, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap continue discussing the first four chapters of Joseph Conrad’s complex novel Lord Jim. In Chapter 3, Conrad gives us deeper insights into Jim’s romantic and adventurous imagination and his self-assured security of living a successful life. In Chapter 4 we suddenly find ourselves in a courtroom where Jim is on the witness stand answering questions about the wrecking of the Patna.

#250: Jim’s First Encounter With Marlow, Part 1

Aired Monday, April 12, 2021   ·   08:30 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap begins discussing the first four chapters of Joseph Conrad’s complex novel Lord Jim. The key to understanding these chapters is that they cover three different points in time leading us to Marlow.