November Edition: What Faculty are Reading & Watching

Written by Hannah Crivello
November 20, 2013

"When 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. Gloria Burgess

I?m reading:

  • God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, by Victoria Sweet.?
  • God Knows Your Job gets Old: 12 Ways to Enliven It, by Marianne LaBarre
  • As a constant companion to re-read, I keep close by: The Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity.?

Christie Eppler, PhDDr. Christie Eppler
I read We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I can't recommend this book highly enough, and I encourage you to get the hardback (there is too much information about the plot on the softcover) and don't look up any reviews; you don't want to see spoilers! The novel combines psychology and family development with themes inclusion/exclusion and issues of having/losing a voice. it is a story that stays with you. My running partner loaned it to me and we spent the next run pulling the story apart, thinking about the characters, wondering about motivation, and questioning what is "the truth".

I'm going to see Thor at the drive in this weekend.

?Dr. Andrew Davis
I just began re-reading Flannery O'Connor's Mystery and Manners, which is a collection of some of her essays. As a fellow Southern Catholic, I have always been drawn to her work, and so much of what she writes about fiction rings true for biblical interpretation. Just one example:
"When you can state the theme of a story, when you can separate it from the story itself, then you can be sure the story is not a very good one. The meaning of the story has to be embodied in it, has to be made concrete in it. A story is a way to say something that cant be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is. You tell a story because a statement wouldn't be adequate. When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him [or her] to read the story."?

I'm enjoying the calm before the storm. In a few short weeks, we'll be in full holiday movie swing: White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife, Love Actually, Elf, etc.