Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Things Which Have Made Me Ponder, Think and Otherwise Mull Over

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
Winnie the Pooh
The House at Pooh Corner

With that in mind, here are a few things that have made me think over the past month or so:

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris.
I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. Initially I found the author to be abrasive and significantly off putting. After really considering it though, I'm wondering if it's less an issue of personality than an issue of the author stating very bluntly opposing viewpoints on several issues (religious tolerance, pacifism, and Israel to name a few) that I've felt strongly about for years. Even though I am distinctly non-religious, this book challenged me on several levels.

Trident Cool Colada Chewing Gum: Why, when I was so horrified by my experience of chewing said gum that I felt compelled to offer a public service announcement, did I find myself chewing the gum all week?

NPR (National Public Radio): Yes, I realize this is a bit cliche, but I really appreciate the depth with which topics are covered. Far, far different from the 30 second sound bites I've seen on network television. We gave up 'regular' television over 15 years ago and it absolutely amazes me what passes for "news" on the network channels. Not to mention the scare tactic methods used to "cover" stories that are designed simply to boost ratings. If I've had one call from my mother warning me about killer meningitis, flesh eating bacteria, or dastardly terrorist plots, I've had a million. For this reason alone I give thanks to NPR.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Showtime's The Tudors: How is it possible that short, dark, Irish JRM gets picked to play the very tall, ruddy and red-gold haired Henry VIII? I watched the first two episodes (offered as streaming video on Netflix as a special promo) and he was completely distracting. Then again, it's not like anyone is watching this hoping for an hour of unparalleled historical accuracy. Still . . . couldn't they have at least found a Sean Bean type?

And finally . . . will Billy Ray Cyrus make it through another round of Dancing With the Stars?


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Kristin said...

These Things are very Thingish. I am always inspired by your 'currently reading' list. I'm intimidated, but inspired : )

Mrs. Staggs said...

Well, I haven't read the book, but I think it's always good to be challenged to think about more than one point of view, regardless of the subject.
I saw the commercials and have to admit that I immediately thought, "No way is that Henry VIII!"
I think Leeza Gibbons may go first. I don't think her fan base is as large as Billy Ray's or Clyde Drexler's. She sure is trying hard though...I may be wrong!

Mary said...

I'm glad I'm not alone in the "why on earth is JRM playing Henry VIII???" club.

Good point about Leeza Gibbons. Since this is the first time I've watched the show, I don't think I realized how much input the fans have. I'll keep my fingers crossed for Billy Ray.

Q said...

Thank you for your Book reviews!
I enjoy reading your responces to what you have on your reading table.
I do like seeing the world from different perspectives.