One Fast Move Or I'm Gone

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Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard (F-Stop/Atlantic Record/2009)

Since his death in 1969, beat novelist Jack Kerouac has become a pop-culture perennial. Each generation of young rebels lays claim to his restless spirit, while a few sad cases also imitate his drinking to no good end. This album represents yet another change of the beatnik guard as Ben Gibbard of indie rock groups such as Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie and Jay Farrar of the alt-country bands Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt set to music passages from Kerouac's novel Big Sur (Penguin).


Up in the Air

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Up in the Air directed by Jason Reitman (Paramount Pictures, 2009)

Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

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Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits By Linda Gordon (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009)

In the 1930s President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Farm Security Administration wanted to show America the faces of millions of farmworkers devastated by the Great Depression. This New Deal agency hired a small band of photographers to take pictures of Mexican migrant workers, African American sharecroppers, and Dust Bowl refugees.


Fighting the blues: The sad tale of Avatar

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In 1929 Al Jolson told audiences of The Jazz Singer that they hadn't heard (or seen) nothin' yet, and he was right. They hadn't seen Judy Garland croon and dance down that dazzling yellow brick road to find The Wizard of Oz. They hadn't shuddered as the earth and sky trembled and quaked when God (or Cecil B. DeMille) gave Charlton Heston The Ten Commandments.


Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie

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Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie Edited by Susan Perry (Orbis Books, 2009)

Early disciples never said how Jesus looked, so the image of Christ that leaps to mind does not derive from gospel or creed, pope or theologian. Artists gave us Jesus as we know him. Guessing, they gave us the fish and other symbols, then the Good Shepherd. Their guesses in time became a glory of earth.


While We Wait

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While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt By Heidi Schlumpf (ACTA, 2009)

Wherever you are in your process of waiting to adopt a child-the paperwork stage, the home study stage, or "the unexpected delay" stage-Heidi Schlumpf's book, subtitled Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt, has something to offer.


Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Brothers, 2009)

Almost 45 years after Maurice Sendak's dark little fairy tale first saw the light of day director Spike Jonze has brought this magical children's story to the screen, and the result is equally unsettling and satisfying.


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