Movies I Hope to Get to See

Culling these from Paste Magazine’s articles on upcoming films at Sundance and elsewhere, I’m wanting to document the ones that sound interesting to me. I usually dump this sort of thing in my Netflix queue, but I’m far enough ahead of the curve on these that they’re not listed in Netflix. Pete Smalls Is Dead:…

14 Favorite 2010 Albums

I’m finding that I’m enjoying R&B more as I grow older. I continue to enjoy alternative country, americana, folk, roots, or whatever you want to call it. There continues to be a wealth of world music out there that I need to take pains to explore – the same goes for jazz. Great music continues…

The History of Western Philosophy – Pythagoras

(click for bigger picture) Who thought reading a history of Philosophy would be funny? Regarding Pythagoras, credited with first developing deductive reasoning, Russell offers this: Pythagoras is one of the most interesting and puzzling men in history. Not only are the traditions concerning him an almost inextricable mixture of truth and falsehood, but even in…

The History of Western Philosophy

I started “The History of Western Philosophy” by Bertrand Russell today. He is a skilled, direct writer. I am encouraged by this as a broad and deep topic does not need to be hampered by imprecise and/or pretentious prose. From the “introductory:” Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and…

12 Books to Read During 2011

I’m going to participate in Roof Beam Reader’s 2011 TBR Pile Challenge. Here are my 12 books from my tbr (to be read) pile: The Darkness That Comes Before – R. Scott Bakker*Let the Right One In – John Ajvide LindqvistConsent to Kill – Vince FlynnThe Boxer Rebellion – Diana PrestonA History of Western Philosophy…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I feel like starting off the New Year with a blog post to get my brain’s RPMs up a little this morning. I’m trying to catch up on all the music releases in 2010 that I missed and there’s quite a few. This was inspired by my friend’s “Best of 2010” list.…

Standard Operating Procedure

I watched the Errol Morris documentary “Standard Operating Procedure” this afternoon. The film’s subject are the infamous incidents and accompanying photographs that took place at Abu Ghraib prison in the fall and winter of 2003. It was disgusting to see the pictures that weren’t published before. It was also interesting to hear from those involved,…

Byrne/Eno, George R.R. Martin

I listened to David Byrne and Brian Eno’s latest album, “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” I’ve listened to it once, and I like it. After listening to too much falsetto, breathy and otherwise affected voices that the critics laud today (Bon Iver, TV on the Radio, etc.), it’s nice to hear Byrne, well, sing.…