Friday, March 10, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

I started Seeds by Thomas Merton this week, but I didn't get very far. It's a collection of paragraphs from all his other books. I'd rather read one of those other books and get the full context and original intent of the work, rather than soundbites compiled under categories. What really attracted me to the book to begin with was the cover: it shows Merton in his full monk's garb with the sleeves rolled up and a baseball cap. Cool.

We saw
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the other week. A friend suggested that you really shouldn't compare it to the original, but I am, and I don't really like Johnny Depp's Wonka. He doesn't have the edge that Gene Wilder's Wonka had. I understand that they tried to give more of a backstory to why Wonka started the factory, but the original was more about the greed of the families and children. Wonka weeded them out because of that, not because he didn't want his successor to have a family to weigh him down.

I've still been digging Matisyahu.

So we've been watching
Buffy Season 6. Buffy died at the end of season 5, so the first thing they had to do was find a way to bring her back. The whole series has taken on a shark-jumping quality this season: Buffy making out with Spike, Giles leaving, the recurring enemies being three techno-nerds. With the exception of the musical episode, the whole thing seems like it's lost something. Or maybe it's just a bad season. There's one more to go after this, after all.

Around the web, check out Pandora. It's a really cool music service.