Recommended Reading

The blogosphere is smokin' with good reads today (despite claims that bloggers are running out of things to say). (via Goodbye Mr. Chops)

Terry Teachout points us to this little jewel about bloggers, blogging, and how, when we have nothing to blog about, we blog to say that they have nothing to blog about. Go figure.

But some bloggers do have stuff to blog about.

  • Mental Multivitamin posts an essay on "arts phobia," by "R.T."
    Here's a snippet:
    If I had only one wish for people, people whose own fears or feelings of inadequacy still keep them away from artistic endeavors or attendance at arts performances or venues as adults, it would be for them to just do it. Pick up a violin, take an adult ballet class, enroll in a pottery class, blow away on that saxophone that is gathering dust in the attic, and learn for themselves what lies deep within. Give themselves the opportunity to experience the beauty of unleashing a primal, innate chord of expression that music or dance or acting or drawing or building can reveal at any age, and that is different than other kinds of academic pursuits.
    Go there. Read the whole thing.

  • Over at In the Wings, Heather shares her insights, written after turning pages for a pianist in a chamber music concert, on page-turning, Romantic chamber music, and contemporary ensemble music. She finishes her essay with the astute statement that, "So much modern music makes me (gasp!) want to hear with my eyes--with the page turner's magnifying glass--and not with my ears." I've thought the same thing, but not as eloquently.

    Read the whole thing (and that statement in greater context) here.

  • Lars at Brandywine Books writes about how his profession as a writer gives him greater insight into the subject of Predestination. It's a short piece, and even though he admits that his analogies aren't perfect, I'd still like to see him expand on them a bit more. Very interesting take.

  • Catez at Allthings2all gives us Part 1 of her review of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy Pearcey. Sounds like an interesting book. Here's just one snippet from the review:
    [Catez writes that] We are in many ways entangled with our own versions of gnosticism - a fact reflected in the postmodernist movement which separates spirituality and reason into mysticism and tradition and then embraces the former.
    I dunno, that just really makes me want to read more.

  • Finally, Songbird blogs about hiking with an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and a Y2K southbounder at that. Does it get more interesting than that, people?

    Don't answer that ... I just think that the AT southbounders of Y2K are the coolest people on earth. (Yes, I am biased.)
Yup. Seriously. Lots of good stuff out there.

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