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 WRITTEN WORD

  • The Bible
  • Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
  • Craig Thompson, Blankets; Habibi
  • Henry Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Life of the Beloved
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
  • Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle; Between the World and Me
  • Angie Thompson, The Hate U Give
  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
  • Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, Lord, Teach Us; 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; The World According to Garp
  • Robert Benson, Living Prayer; The Body Broken
  • Seth Godin, Linchpin
  • Stephen Pressfield, The War of Art
  • Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  • A.S. Byatt, Possession
  • David Jasper, The Sacred Body
  • Louis-Marie Chauvet, Symbol and Sacrament
  • Neil Postman, Technopoly; Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • 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; A Tale of Two Cities
  • Paul Auster, Moon Palace; The New York Trilogy; The Invention of Solitude
  • Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
  • Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints
  • Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
  • Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba, Daytripper
  • 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
  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Chiam Potok, My Name is Asher Lev
  • Schuy Weishaar, Dark of the Center Line
  • Craig Keen, After Crucifixion
  • Cormac McCarthy, The Road, No Country for Old Men
  • Shusaku Endo, Silence
  • Stanley Hauerwas, The Work of Theology; Hannah’s Child
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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 Martin McDonagh – In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 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, The Royal TennenbaumsThe Grand Budapest Hotel, and Moonrise Kingdom
  • 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, Inception
  • the films of Danny Boyle, esp. Millions, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours
  • any movie featuring Tom Hardy, esp. BronsonLocke, Lawless, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dunkirk
  • 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 trilogy(dir. Wachowski Bros.)
  • 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 Leftovers (HBO series)
  • Silence (2016, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Calvary (2014, dir. John Michael McDonagh)

THE SOUNDS (musical artists and/or albums)

  • Björk
  • Steve Earle (& the Dukes)
  • Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly, Damn.
  • Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Foo Fighters
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • most anything produced by Dave Cobb, e.g. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, etc.
  • Beck
  • The Beatles
  • Tom Waits
  • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops / Rhiannon Giddens
  • 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
  • Ryan Adams
  • Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
  • most albums produced by T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Joe Henry or Buddy Miller
  • Buddy Miller, United Universal House of Prayer
  • Buddy & Julie Miller, (self-titled), Written in Chalk
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball, Red Dirt Girl, Angel Band
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Counting Crows, August & Everything After, Recovering the Satellites 
  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam, Ten, Vs., and Vitaolgy
  • Radiohead, The Bends; OK Computer; Kid A; In Rainbows
  • Steve Taylor, I Predict 1990; Squint
  • Sixpence None the Richer
  • Jars of Clay, Jars of Clay
  • Indigo Girls, Swamp Ophelia
  • Joe Henry, Tiny Voices, 
  • Bob Dylan
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever, Amen
  • Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin
  • Duncan Sheik, all his albums, esp. Humming
  • The Black Keys, Brothers; El Camino; Attack & Release
  • D. C. Talk, Jesus Freak
  • Over The Rhine, all their albums, esp. Good Dog Bad Dog; Ohio; The Long Surrender; and Meet Me at the Edge of the World
  • 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)
  • All of Jack White’s projects (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, solo work, 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
  • Gram Parsons
  • Afghan Whigs / The Twilight Singers / Greg Dulli
  • Nick Drake
  • Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • Patty Griffin
  • Wilco
  • most any album featuring the guitar playing of Nels Cline. Bill Frisell, or Marc Ribot
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