stuff i like

I am a pop culture junkie…no way around it.  These are, in no particular order, some of the media I have found to be particularly beautiful, moving, provocative, formative, disturbing, challenging, and generally worthwhile.


  • The Bible
  • N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
  • Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, Lord, Teach Us
  • Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, Resident Aliens
  • Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
  • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
  • Albert Camus, The Stranger
  • Mark C. Taylor, Erring: A Postmodern A/Theology
  • John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • John Irving, The World According to Garp
  • John Irving, The Cider House Rules
  • Robert Benson, Living Prayer
  • Robert Benson, The Body Broken
  • Seth Godin, Linchpin
  • Stephen Pressfield, The War of Art
  • Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  • David Jasper, The Sacred Body
  • Louis-Marie Chauvet, Symbol and Sacrament
  • Jean-Luc Marion, God Without Being
  • Thomas J. J. Altizer, Living the Death of God
  • Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World
  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  • Paul Auster, Moon Palace
  • Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude
  • Italo Calvino, If On a Winters’ Night a Traveler
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
  • Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
  • Robert Cormier, I Am The Cheese
  • Daniel Quinn, Ishmael
  • Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way
  • Catherine Pickstock, After Writing
  • The Book of Common Prayer
  • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • the poetry of Sylvia Plath
  • the poetry of Emily Dickinson
  • the poetry of e. e. cummings
  • the poetry of Dylan Thomas
  • the poetry of George Herbert
  • the poetry of R. S. Thomas
  • the poetry of William Blake

THE SCREEN (directors and/or films/television)

  • the films of Lars Von Trier, esp. Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves and Dogville
  • the films of Cameron Crowe, esp. Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky
  • the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, esp. The Decalogue and Three Colours Trilogy
  • the films of Wes Anderson, esp. Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums
  • the films of Alejandro Iñárritu, esp. 21 Grams, Amores Perros and Babel
  • the films of Pedro Almodóvar, esp. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver, Bad Education and Talk to Her
  • the films of P. T. Anderson, esp. Punch-Drunk Love and Magnolia
  • the films of Federico Fellini, esp. La Dolce Vita, La Strada, 8 1/2 and Amarcord
  • the films of Alfred Hitchcock, esp. Rear Window, Rope and Lifeboat
  • the films of Christopher Nolan, esp. Memento, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
  • Singin’ in the Rain (dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen)
  • The Godfather Trilogy (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Hell House (dir. George Ratliff)
  • High Fidelity (dir. Stephen Frears)
  • Fight Club (dir. David Fincher)
  • Cache / “Hidden” (dir. M. Haneke)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (dir. Michel Gondry)
  • The Matrix (dir. Wachowski Bros.)
  • Millions (dir. Danny Boyle)
  • In Bruges (dir. Martin McDonagh)
  • Once (dir. John Carney)
  • Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz)
  • The Devil & Daniel Johnston (dir. Jeff Feuerzeig)
  • Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (dir. Andrew Douglas)
  • The Proposition (dir. John Hillcoat)
  • The Usual Suspects (dir. Brian Singer)
  • Bloody Sunday (dir. Paul Greengrass)
  • U2: Rattle & Hum (dir. Phil Joanou)
  • American Beauty (dir. Sam Mendes)
  • Away We Go (dir. Sam Mendes)
  • The Corporation (dir. Mark Achbar)
  • Silence of the Lambs (dir. Jonathan Demme)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (dir. Frank Darabont)
  • The Wire (television series)
  • Six Feet Under (television series)
  • Carnivale (television series)
  • The Sopranos (television series)
  • Alias (television series)
  • Lost (television series)
  • Arrested Development (television series)
  • Parenthood (television series)
  • The West Wing (television series)

THE SOUNDS (musical artists and/or albums)

  • Beck, Sea Change
  • The Beatles, Revolver
  • Tom Waits, Mule Variations and Heart Attack and Vine
  • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • sigur rós / jónsi
  • U2
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Glasvegas
  • The Swell Season
  • The Civil Wars
  • The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska
  • Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker
  • Gillian Welch
  • Marc Ribot
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
  • most albums produced by T-Bone Burnett
  • Buddy Miller, United Universal House of Prayer
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball
  • Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  • Counting Crows
  • Nirvana, Bleach and Nevermind
  • Pearl Jam, Ten, Vs., and Vitaolgy
  • Radiohead
  • Steve Taylor, Squint
  • Sixpence None the Richer
  • Jars of Clay, Jars of Clay
  • Indigo Girls, Swamp Ophelia
  • Bob Dylan
  • Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever, Amen
  • Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin
  • Duncan Sheik
  • The Black Keys, Brothers
  • D. C. Talk, Jesus Freak
  • Over The Rhine
  • Out of the Grey, See Inside
  • Keaggy, King and Dente, Invention
  • Phil Keaggy, Beyond Nature
  • Arcade Fire, Funeral
  • Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism
  • Phish
  • John Coltrane
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Mike Crawford & His Secret Sibling
  • Nick Cave (& the Bad Seeds)
  • most all of Jack White’s projects (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, etc)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Airplane, Over the Sea
  • Iron & Wine
  • Jose Gonzalez, Veneer
  • Red House Painters / Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon
  • Anonymous 4
  • Arvo Pärt
  • Eric Whitacre
  • Bill Evans
  • Daniel Johnston, 1990
  • Cat Power, Moon Pix
  • Chagall Guevara
  • Chris Whitley, Dirt Floor
  • Jimmy Eat World, Clarity and Bleed American
  • Gram Parsons
  • Afghan Whigs / The Twilight Singers / Greg Dulli

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