links up first ::
– Prufrock is my newest daily read. What is it?
Prufrock is a daily newsletter on books, art and ideas, edited by Micah Mattix. It contains links to the best reviews and most worthy literary news items, a daily essay with relevant responses, and a little bit of literary smack. Best of all, it’s free!
And here is a link to a sample for you to enjoy. I read about Mattix in Rod Dreher’s article Story Lines, Not Party Lines: Why Conservatives Must Master the Narrative Art, also a great read.
– This video is spot-on. It would’ve been even more spot-on had they worked in a way to have the restaurant only serve small plates, but you can’t win ’em all.
– And then there is this – From Pony to Person: the Disturbing Evolution of My Little Pony, in Photos. AAAHHHH! this stuff kills me.
and the reads ::
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Sci-fi books about young boys training to fight the next alien invasion aren’t usually at the top of my to-read list, but this one kept popping up on various book lists. I really enjoyed it, but when I cracked open the next book in the series my eyes started to glaze after the first two pages. I think one sci-fi book per year (or decade) is enough for me.
Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry by Kathy Keller. This is perhaps the best, most concise defense for gender roles in the church. I appreciate her tone and approach. The only downside is that it’s only available in ebook format. I’d love to have a stack of these to hand out.
Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education by Stratford Caldecott. Here is a book on the educational model of the Trivium. Caldecott approaches the Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric stages as stages of Remembering, Thinking, and Communicating. I connect with his way of approaching and fleshing out the Trivium using these terms.
Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline. Our clothes are cheaply made. Changes in styles and fashion happen shockingly fast thus pushing many to purchase more cheap clothes at an alarming rate. Sweatshops are horrendous. These are things we know, and most of what Cline discusses is nothing very new or shocking. But to have all the stories and data gathered together in book form drives her points home a bit more. It’s a good and quick read, and on her website she has a shopping directory of brands/designers that strive to combat much of what she discusses in her book.