Archive for September 20th, 2006

The Religious Left? That’s Unpossible!

September 20, 2006

Here’s another article someone called my attention to. I don’t have much to say about it, but I thought I’d post it to give others a chance to comment if they wanted.

The Quarterly Book Report

September 20, 2006

Wulp, I still haven’t formulated my thoughts on migrant farm workers, I’m sorry to say. I’ll do my bestest to get to that before next Wednesday. I have been grading a wheel-barrel full of essays. Most teachers usually complain about their students’ writing (I’ve been known to gripe ’bout this), but I’m very encouraged by my students. Their essays so far — since you’re itching to know — are intelligent, and the students have something unique to say in them. AND, even though we’ve only had about three weeks of classes, I seem to have taught them that it’s okay to be funny in their essays.

When I’m not reading student essays, I’m reading: Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. It’s funny and good for those of us who struggle with Christianity. Even if it is a bit touchy-feely for my taste. Enemy Combatant, by Moazzem Begg. I know I’m spelling his name wrong. Almost finished with it. He was arrested and interrogated by Pakistani and British and U.S. intelligence officers. Other than having sympathies for the Taliban, he had done no crime. He was imprisoned for 2 or 3 years. Occassional physical torture. And then the even worse torture of not knowing what had happened to his wife and three young children when he was arrested. The subject of the book is disturbing and interesting, but he really isn’t the best writer in the world. Plus he’s a little full of himself. So along with his getting beaten and whatnot, you get to hear about how he’s the smartest person in the world. NeoConservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, by Kristol. I wanted to know what NeoConservatism was, so I decided to read the “Godfather” of the movement’s book about the movement. I still don’t know what NeoConservatism is. They should drop the “Neo.” Credit where credit is due: he’s a good writer, even if I disagree with a lot of what he says. Only Revolutions, by Mark Danielewski. I loved his first book, House of Leaves, so I bought this one without really looking at it too much in the bookstore. I’m loyal that way. Ummm…I’m trying to reserve judgement until I’m farther into it. It’d better get better soon, though, else judgements will be made early. Oh, and I almost forgot: Memories of my Meloncholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not a bad sentence in the book. Very good. It’s short and you should pick it up at the library.