Tuesday, August 14

For Lack of Something (Anything) Better to Do

Since the middle of last week, I have completely lost my ties to the real world. The three hour block of time for class that I had depended on for so long was sadly taken from me and now space and time exists is some weird dimension where I have absolutely nothing to do. No job, no class, no responsibilities. It sucks. Reverting back to a High School level of responsibility isn't nearly as romantic as you'd think.

To make up for the time I've found against my will, I've been doing a lot of reading and watching a lot of movies. Right now I'm in the middle of A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren. (Subtitled: Why I am a missional + evangelical + post/protestant + liberal/conservative + mystical/poetic + biblical + charismatic/contemplative + fundamentalist/calvinist + anabaptist/anglican + methodist + catholic +green + incarnational +depressed-yet-hopeful + emergent + unfinished Christian) It's definitely a good read if nothing else, there is a lot to think about. The edition I have even has discussion questions after each chapter. At first I thought this would would be a little dangerous for me because I am usually inclined to believe anything I see on TV or read in a book, but while reading this one I was surprised to find that McLaren is describing things that I have already been feeling for quite a while now, and just formulating them into coherent well-written ideas. And also into some somewhat practical applications. Which is a LOT more that I can say about many of the "christian" books I have been going through lately. It's refreshing to have someone put forth ideas and not tell me what I need to think, while neglecting to tell me WHY or WHAT I should do about it!! If I read another that gives me the precise outline of how to be a "great leader" or to find my "purpose" I am going to flip. I'm all for getting some help, but not so much breaking down my life into a formula like some sort of equation. If anyone hasn't noticed the emergent bandwagon around town, I think maybe you should take a look. It's a different way of doing things. Not that it is right and everything else is wrong, just a new perspective of sorts.

As for movies, I watched an unhealthy amount recently. Surprisingly most of them were pretty good. Let's see if I can go though a quick list here and spare you the specific reviews. (You're Welcome).
Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?-good, Junebug-ok/good, Ushpizin-good, An Inconvenient Truth-surprisingly good, Bobby-really good, Rebel Without a Cause-old but still really good, Bottle Rocket-Wes Anderson goodness, Down by Law-not so good, Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt-good, 300-good, Zodiac-not great, Breach-really good, The Fountain-weirdly good, Blake Snake Moan-liked it a lot, Harry Potter 4-still not a fan of the movies, but not bad, Brokeback Mountain-again surprisingly good (not as good as Crash, but maybe deserved a strong second place academy award), Memoirs of a Geisha-good/really good, Babel-good, but I don't see the hype, Hot Fuzz-hilarious... and that is mostly within a couple weeks. Not to mention I have to make room for every Stros game, Top Chef, and now Mad Men, which is a pretty good show. (My rating scale is based on level of goodness, there are not greats or what not, because what does great mean other than really really good??)

P.S. You should know that just because I watch or like a movie does not mean it is completely devoid of gratuitous violence, nudity, language, or drugs. Actually, though not a requirement, in my experience those things seem to be in most of the really good movies I've seen. Huh. If you are concerned to the point where you are willing to ruin the movie experience and possibly spoil the ending you can check out this site, that breaks down movies scene by scene so there are no surprises. Which is both a good and a bad thing, because they usually give away major plot points. Jerks.

1 comment:

the photoSmith said...

hahahahahahahahahaha, this was a classic paul post! fantastic! enjoy the high school responsibility while you can (wow i sound like my parents) man you should really move to Houston so we can hang out...