Friday, May 05, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

I've been reading Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott this past week. It's my first encounter with her, and I've been pleasantly surprised. For some reason, I expected her book to be sort of a fluffy pie-in-the-sky devotional book. I don't know what cultivated this expectation within me, but it is the exact opposite in the very strongest possible sense. Lamott details her struggles with alcoholism, bulemia, and single motherhood, and how in the midst of it all she discovered faith. The prayer that she prays the night she 'gives in' is better than any pre-packaged 'sinner's prayer' I've ever read. Truly a great book.

We continue to trudge through Buffy Season 7. I honestly don't like it. I can't wait to start watching the next season of Angel. The big bad guy is interesting enough, but the subplots are getting a little tedious: the Potential Slayers being whiny and scared, Spike and whether we can trust him or not, Dawn pouting. It's just not as enjoyable, but then again, I haven't really enjoyed the show since Season 5.

This week I've been listening to Mike Doughty, KT Tunstall, and some old school Dave Matthews Band.

Around the web, Greg critiques a piece of church advertising.