Saturday, February 26, 2005

On Saturdays I do my best to shine light in some corners of the pop culture world that perhaps you haven't seen before. Or maybe you have and they deserve a second look. I'll leave that up to you.

I saw The Terminal this week. Tom Hanks comes over on a plane from a fictional East European country (according to his accent) and finds out he can't leave the airport because during his flight a coup erupted back home. So he passes the time by playing matchmaker between employees, learning English from travel guides, and getting on the nerves of the airport commissioner. Not a bad film.

In the CD player is a disc I just picked up this week called Passion: Hymns Ancient & Modern. The Passion praise group has put out numerous live CDs featuring modern praise songs, and this one features arrangements of familiar hymns. It was recommended by a friend a while back and I happened upon it the other day. If you don't get too freaked out at the thought of 'How Great Thou Art' and the Doxology arranged to guitar and drums, you might like this.

I've started The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley, and it's a challenging and thought-provoking read. I'm mostly reading it for information as I'm not as boned up on genetics and biology as I should be, but it's pretty easy to engage the material, too. So far Ridley's main point is that in the human and animal world, while the individual has aspirations which may on occasion be deemed selfish, the 'greater good' (I'm disheartened that he keeps saying 'greater' as opposed to 'common') is meant to prevail and that selfishness is kept in check by what is best for the society, partially by one's dependence on it. He notes that what is called 'virtuous' is usually selfless. Good stuff.

No television recommendation. Don't be shocked.

Everybody is somebody else's heretic. That's the tagline of this blog. Updated irregularly, but still a decent read.

That's it. Have a good week.