Nine For Now- February Newsletter

  1. Podcast Jane and Jesus is a podcast hosted by Karen Swallow Prior, an author and professor. Each episode she talks to a guest about one particular character or theme from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s like being back at college in my British Novel class; I can’t really put words to how delightful that feels. 
  2. Podcast My sister’s boyfriend introduced me to select episodes from the podcast Behind the Bastards in which the hosts read and discuss the book True Allegiance Authored by professional blowhard, Ben Shapiro, this book is a disaster. In addition to presenting a world view based on fear and racism, it is atrociously written. Basic story structure and rudimentary grammar seem beyond Shapiro’s grasp. I admit to taking a perverse delight in listening to the hosts eviscerate the awful, awful prose of someone I don’t really like.  
  3. Reading  I’ve been reading Coretta Scott King’s memoir My Life, My Loves, My Legacy. In addition to the significant influence she had on the life of her husband Martin Luther King Jr., she was a remarkably talented woman in her own right. I am being encouraged by her deep faith and Christian example. 
  4. TV I’ve been watching Luther on Hulu. I finished the first season, but I’m not sure I’ll finish the remaining seasons. It’s a standard police procedural with Idris Elba playing a loose cannon detective who is given a long leash because he is brilliant. In watching this iteration of the genre, I realized I’ve grown weary with its main trope–the death of innocents, particularly women, as the catalyst for the protagonist’s personal growth. 

In these types of shows, women exist to be murdered. They often aren’t given any characterization before or after their deaths. They are simply bodies laid out like puzzle pieces to be arranged and solved. Their individuality is irrelevant; they matter only as part of the whole. Their deaths drive the protagonist either down into his own dark night of the soul or upward on the road to personal redemption. I’ve personally had enough of this. We are more than corpses.

  1. Movies If Beale Street Could Talk has been on my list for a few years, but I never got around to it until this month. Kiki Lane and Stephan James play young lovers, who’s love and hope are tested by tragedy and injustice. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) creates a gorgeous movie and captures the beauty of ordinary love. 
  2. Movies Uncharted is an adventure tale starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Sophia Ali. It really wants to be Indiana Jones, but veers a little more towards National Treasure. Movies like this do demonstrate how special Indiana Jones is.
  3. Audio Book I listened to A Mercy by Toni Morrison read by the author. It’s a story of slavery in the 1600s in North America. Told from multiple view points, the story explores ideas of family and power and gender. It presents the unintended damage of good intentions. 
  4. Kitchen Renovation My kitchen renovation finished up the end of January! I was able to host a Super Bowl party. I’ll have some before and after pictures up on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for those.
  5. App Recommendation If you are like me you probably have more shows and movies that you want to watch than you have free time. You may also struggle to keep track of what you want to watch next. ReelGood is an app that lets you make lists of the shows and movies that you want to watch and mark off the episodes as you see them. 

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