Listen: Sing the Delta
Sing the Delta
Iris DeMent (Flariella Records, 2012)
Read: Christianity After Religion
Christianity After Religion
By Diana Butler Bass (HarperOne, 2012)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Paramount, 2012)
Read: Gandhi and the Unspeakable
Ghandi and the Unspeakable
By James W. Douglass (Orbis, 2012)
USC Book Club: A Private History of Happiness
A Private History of Happiness: Ninety-Nine Moments of Joy from Around the World
By George Myerson
It’s no secret that happiness is meant to be shared, and that is exactly what George Myerson has done in a big way in A Private History of Happiness. By sharing pieces of letters and diary entries spanning thousands of years and several continents, Myerson helps us glimpse small moments where people in other times and places found a bit of bliss.
Read: The price of inequality
By Joseph Stiglitz (W.W. Norton & Co., 2012)
Pope Paul VI argued that excessive economic inequalities were a “danger to peace” and that political power must be used to serve the common good rather than the special interests of the privileged. Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz echoes both of Pope Paul’s claims in his book The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future.
Watch: Robot & Frank
Directed by Jake Schreier (Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2012)
Christopher Ford and Jake Schreier’s film is a quirky, amusing, and occasionally honest caper comedy about an aging burglar who mistakenly breaks into his own home. Frank (Frank Langella) is a former second-story man no longer capable of keeping his own house in order. The milk in the fridge is sour, the rooms are littered with junk, and Frank keeps forgetting that all his favorite eateries have long since closed.
By Elaine Pagels (Viking Press, 2012)
Seven-headed dragons, locusts with human faces, and armies of monsters could all be elements in popular fantasy novels. Instead, they have a much older origin: the Book of Revelation. In Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, Elaine Pagels explains how these battle scenes and beasts developed from John’s vision into a book of the Bible.
Listen: Grab a root and growl
The Citizens Band (Press Hear Records, 2012)
Pop music and musicians have long been an integral part of our presidential election circus. The non-partisan “Rock the Vote” campaign has rolled along in the mainstream for two decades now, but Grab a Root and Growl is the most unlikely presidential election year pop music project you could possibly imagine.