To get the introduction to what this break from our regularly scheduled programming is all about, check out my first ‘What I’m Into’ post, just last month.
I really enjoy doing this, and am thankful to Leigh Kramer to getting this started. It’s been a great way for me to slow down and really relish the things I’ve been enjoying and learning and experiencing lately – and disciplines me to step out of my workaholism and soak up some life.
Books I’ve Read
What a strange, strange, but so deeply intriguing, book. It was also very funny. I’m still trying to figure out what it was about – but a major chunk of it is dealing with the sense that the universe is meaningless, and what human life can and should be in a meaningless universe (or, that is, in a universe in which God is ‘entirely indifferent’ and all of human life is only an absurd part in some larger galactic story). It reminds me a tiny bit of several other favorite pieces of contemporary literature (Arcadia by Tom Stoppard) that play with similar themes – making me think that a form of cynical existentialism seems to be very present in relatively recent literature.
“The creatures thereupon began slaying each other, because they hated purposeless things above all else.”
Talk about provocative. And to think that this was required reading in a seminary course. This was for a course in ethnic reconciliation. In the conservative circles of my upbringing, Malcolm X is not given much time of day. And he certainly was ‘edgy,’ for lack of a better term. But it is so important to read people like him, who are so easily turned into icons of politics (one way or the other) and find that their lives and thought were so much more complicated than caricatured. There is a lot to learn and think about here.
- Been finally making my way through season 3 of New Girl! So much happiness.
“In a world in which hot dogs can be hats, anything is possible.”
I know it’s the school year but the sudden lack of movies to report on. I’m really working hard to remember if I’ve seen anything this month… I re-watched The Bourne Identity for the first time in a while. That was fun.
- Great Albums
‘The Edge of the Earth’ by Switchfoot (some unreleased tunes from their documentary project. Some nice gems here).
- Songs on Repeat
‘Shake It Off’ by T-Swift (no shame. No shame at all).
‘The Girl’ by City and Colour
‘Boom Clap’ by Charlie XCX
‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith
‘A Little Lost’ by Sufjan Stevens
‘Boldly I Approach’ by Rend Collective
‘Your Love is Strong’ by Robbie Seay Band
- I also got to see Rend Collective in concert, and bought tickets to see The Head & The Heart (can’t wait!!!!!)
Second Nature (Moments with nature)
Questions I Don’t Have Answers For (But maybe you do?)
–(Coming from my Ethnic Identity & Reconciliation course, and watching race concerns in the news recently): Why is it that one’s race is, sociologically (not causally) speaking, the main determinant in your belief about the nature of a particular news event? What is the relationship between race and perception in this country? I’m reading Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, which I think will address this some.
-Why am I so bad at ironing my shirt?
-Why does the new iOS on my iTouch drain the battery like nobody’s business and make it take like 15 hours to reach a full charge?
All ancient and modern skeptics, pessimists, scoffers and atheists are innocuous and well-meaning folk compared to this man Job. -Karl Barth
(Thanks for reading along!)