Thursday, June 07, 2007

Pop Culture Roundup

Yeah, it's a little early. I didn't think anyone would mind.

I recently started The Angry Christian by Andrew Lester. I'd heard nothing but good things about this book from a couple seminary buddies and figured I'd check it out for myself. So far, Lester has explored how anger is a neutral emotion that can be helpful or hurtful depending on the context. For instance, abuse as a result of anger would be hurtful, whereas anger at injustice and subsequent action is helpful. He spends a lot of time exploring the history of Christian thought that has decried emotion as misleading, arguing instead that emotion complements reason by adding passion to what one concludes. It's a good read.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, The Sopranos was a sad one. We see some major attacks on Tony's crew, including the loss of Bobby and Sil. As I said, it kind of sucks to see such longtime characters go down, especially in the fashion that they did. I felt kind of helpless watching it...they really got picked apart with Phil nowhere to be found. So now we're down to one last episode ever, and the preview seems to indicate that Phil resurfaces, so maybe Tony gets retribution. I've said from the get-go that Tony dying would be too cliche of an ending, and I still think that they kind of got that out of the way with him getting shot at the beginning of the season.

Soon all I'll have left on HBO is Entourage. It's far from a suitable replacement, but I still mostly enjoy it. Sometimes, especially lately, there just doesn't seem to be any friction. Everything eventually and predictably comes out perfectly for Vince: he always has a girl to sleep with, his career never seems to be in serious jeopardy, there was no way he was ever really going to part ways with Ari, the four friends are never truly at odds with each other, and they all have plenty of free time to fret about what they'll spend their money on. Still, the previews for the new episodes beginning on June 17th (not sure whether they'll count as Season 3 or 4) suggest some big problems with Medellian, and even though I'm sure it'll all work out fine and Vince might end up going to the Oscars for it, maybe it'll be a more tense ride.

Lately I've been listening to some old Dave Matthews Band. Summer puts me in that mood.

Around the web, this compilation of cartoon openings from the 80s is pretty much the best thing ever.