Friday, September 12, 2008

Pop Culture Roundup

I've finished the second Sandman. I'm not sure what to really say about the last few chapters. He tracks down all the escaped dreams, and there's a bit of a complicated resolution that requires knowing things from the first book that I'm just not up for explaining.

At this point, I have two books that I basically need to read for Association-related things. The first is Hearing God's Call, a book on discerning call that a colleague recommended as background for an event I'm leading next month. The second is Recreating the Church, a copy of which is being sent to every Association church to prepare for the program and discussion at our fall gathering. The author, Dick Hamm, is going to be there to run us through some of the basic concepts in the book. I really need to start these.

This past Sunday, we watched the premiere of a new show on HBO called True Blood. If you haven't heard of it, it takes place in a small southern town and in a universe where vampires are looking for equal rights alongside humans. Humans exhibit a lot of fear and prejudice about the idea, vampires try to move beyond stereotypes. But, of course, there are bad apples that re-affirm people's fears. Think X-Men, only with vampires. Neither Coffeewife nor I are sold on it yet. Some of the acting is sketchy, and some of the dramatic moments just came off as silly. In the show's defense, I think that it's aware of its own campiness factor. We're committed to watching a few more episodes before completely judging it.

And, of course, Entourage is back. When we meet up with the crew, Vince has exiled himself to a 24/7 party on a beach in Mexico while the reviews for Medellin start to come in (hint: they're really bad). It's even disclosed that the film has been sent straight to DVD. So things aren't good for Vince. The guys eventually convince him to come back to California to jump-start his career. I think it'd have been more fun for Vince to refuse a little more; maybe take part of another episode to convince him that this is what he should do. Unfortunately, the show tends toward the quick and clean, so I'm sure that by the end of the season, he'll be back in the spotlight.

Around the web, A Church for Starving Artists reflects on seminary field education. I just thought that the Eden types who read this might find it interesting.