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Sad Stories Told for Laughs: Jessica Hooten Wilson

As a companion piece to Helena Sorensen’s reflection on the process of world-building in storytelling, here is another conversation about stories of a different kind: the sixth installment of “Sad Stories Told for Laughs,” a special summer series of Jonathan Rogers’s Habit Podcast in which writers speak of their public humiliations for your edification and entertainment.

This week, Jonathan is joined by author and professor Jessica Hooten Wilson.

Jessica Hooten Wilson is Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas. She’s a much sought-after speaker and the author of books about Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Walker Percy, and Flannery O’Connor. Spring of 2022 will see the release of her new book, The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints. The academic world is a rich source of Sad Stories Told for Laughs. In this episode, Jessica Hooten Wilson tells some of hers.

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