Saturday, March 12, 2005

Scatter-Shot in the Scatter Brain

I’ve absorbed a lot of works of art in the past couple of months or so, some good, some not so good. Here's a scatter-shot sum up:

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard,

George MacDonald speaks of two kinds of books; the kind you can’t wait to get to the end of (like a mystery story) and the kind (like something by Dickens) that you wish would never end. Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim At Tinker Creek is a book of this second kind. A rich and full examination of nature (which could be described as God's back), each visit will leave you radiant (and terrified), like Moses after his "face to back" encounter with God.

Napoleon Dynamite and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Chalk these up as prime viewings for a Sunday school lesson on God's grace as expressed in Hebrews chapter two, title it, "God Made Them a Little Lower Than Angels?"

Saint Maybe, Anne Tyler

Watership Down, Richard Adams

Hands down the best adventure/dystopian/pilgrim's-progress/folk-story/parable starring rabbits ever written!


Ikiru or To Live, is the story of a man who, after learning that he is fatally ill, begins searching for life's meaning. Call it a cross between Japanese existentialism and It's a Wonderful Life.

Divine Discontent, Sixpence None The Richer

Chariots of Fire,


Frankenstine, Mary Shelley

It by this book that I discovered my strong dislike for the typical writing style of the Romantic period.

Million Dollar Baby,


eucharisto said...

Wow, I've got some catching up to do. I think I'll take a try at watership down, to start. Sounds like a great book to read, especially as I'm interested in adventure/dystopian/pilgrim's-progress/folk-story/parables starring rabbits. hahaha.

Queen Mum said...

How do you find the time to do ALL that reading and viewing? I am thankful you make time for these important things.

eucharisto said...

I just finished reading the first 30 pages of Watership Down. It's shaping up to be a great book. I'm guessing this is where Brian Jacques got a lot of his inspiration for the Redwall series.

midnitcafe said...

What did you think of Ikiru? I watched about half of it, thoroughly enjoying it, but had to leave it for one reason or another and never got back to it.

Kurasawa is one of my favorite directors.

Foolish Knight said...

Wow Joel, you're a fast reader! Yeah, strong relations between the two books there but in my opinion, Redwall is to Watership Down, canned peaches are to fruit from the Garden of Eden. That's just my opinion, though.

Queen Mum, congratulations! Welcome to the family! (As if you weren't part already.) And as for how I find time do absorb so much art, you might as well drunk how he finds time for booze: we find time for what we love, creating and thinking about art is how I show my love for God, I almost can't help it.

My goodness, that sounds bad!

Midnitcafe, you should try to get a hold of Ikiru, being the Kurasawa fan that you are. I might have liked it better than that Seven Samurai, though I'd have to watch it again to be sure.

Queen Mum said...

I understand are absolutely right, we do make time for the things we love. I guess that is why I have not done taxes yet!

As for your addiction, I know a phone number for a good support group called AA.
No, silly, not Alcohol Anonymous. It's Arts Anonymous, I know the director.

Queen Mum said...

I just wanted to be sure that you know I meant "addiction" in a positive way. One definition is: the compulsive need for something.A definition I found for "addict" is: to devote or surrender oneself to something habitually.

In this light I truly hope you will always be a God addict. As for seeking help for it, please don't.