it comes to discerning what to read, watch or listen to in the
precious time we have, it is always helpful to have the suggestions of
people who read and experience new information as part of their living.
Some of our faculty share here monthly the books they are reading, as
well as the electronic media they are listening to or viewing. Most of
us have a stack of books at our bedside, while some of us have stacks
near our reading chair, our cocktail table and any other horizontal
surface capable of supporting weight. Most of us also have long lists
of films we want to see or music groups we hope to experience. When it
is possible, some of the faculty will give you a few words of evaluation
of what is occupying their leisure time. In a world with too
many options for reading and watching, we hope faculty suggestions will
help you in your discernment process about what to read on your journey." ~ Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD
Dr. Michael Reid TriceI’m reading:
Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz
"A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining
Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts" by Hal Taussig
Dr. Dick Cunningham
Two books have captured my interest in the past month. They are very different and great reads
because each challenges basic assumptions – one about US global involvement and
the other about the nature and purpose of religion.
Television Viewing: Television has become a enormous and costly wasteland, as programs
play to mind numbing interactions and reinforce a world of violence and
fear. Two PBS programs run counter to
mainstream television. These hopeful
alternatives are Doc Martin and Last Tango in Halifax. Each program offers comedic drama, without a
laugh track, while developing strong characters, challenging dialogue, and
provocative social issues. Both of these
programs can be viewed on the internet, thus eliminating the need for costly
Dr. Christie Eppler My favorite book I've read recently is Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (the same author who wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret): http://www.wonderstruckthebook.com. It is a story filled with (mis)connections, search for family, quests for missing objects, and puzzles. One story set in the late 1970's is told in words; a parallel story set 50 years earlier is told though pictures. It is visually stunning, and a fun read.I went to see the film "Gravity". I've heard so many reviews speak of isolation, but I think it is a story of zest, grit, and healing. I've also watched the first few episodes of the television show "The S.H.I.E.L.D." since I'm a Joss Whelon/Avengers/Super Hero fan. I also just bought Mary Oliver's book "Dog Songs".Recently, I joined "I Run4" an organization that connects runners and kids with special needs. I was assigned a buddy, and I dedicated a 10K-benefit to fight childhood cancer that I ran with Dr. Andrew Davis' wife to my new little friend. Dr. Andrew DavisThis summer I read two longish novels: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Now that we're in the school year I'm back to reading short fiction, esp. Alice Munro and William Trevor. My wife and I turned my three year old on to "Fiddler on the Roof", and now we often watch YouTube clips on the music numbers. Otherwise, "Modern Family" and football on Sunday are our only must-see TV.
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