Friday, March 03, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

I finished 1984 the other day, one of the best and scariest books I've read so far this year. It's one of those books that is so well-known that you already know the basic plot, but then to read it for yourself and see how exactly we get from beginning to end is still needed. Winston works for the Party, the government and propaganda machine of Oceania. It's a fascist state that removes 'heretics' from society and breaks them down until they love the Party. The scenes during which the Party's tactics are revealed are particularly disturbing. They govern through fear and the perpetuation of hatred for dissenters and non-Oceanites. It could be considered satire if it were funny. Perhaps a better word is prophecy.

Lately I've been listening to Matisyahu and Phish. There are similarities...somehow...maybe. They both feel good, they're both upbeat. They both have long hair. They both talk about love.

We finished Buffy Season 5, which was pretty much a downer from beginning to end. I was told that this was originally supposed to be the last season until thousands of fans wrote angry Buffy withdrawal letters and the show got put back on. So it worked for her, but no bowing to angry Angel withdrawal letters? On a more exciting TV note, The Sopranos returns March 12 for its last season. It looks like Johnny Sack being in jail doesn't mean the end of Tony's problems. This should be good.

Around the web, LutheranChik reflects on the practice of examen, which I find helpful as I seek a Lenten practice.