The Rookie's Library March 23, 2006

What I'm Reading:

"Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood" by Koren Zailckas, (C) 2005 Viking Penguin ISBN 0670033766 (This is a lyrical, eerily well-written story of a young woman's alcohol abuse, what made it possible, and how she was finally able to bring her life back under control.)

"Generation Debt: Why Now is a Terrible Time to be Young" by Anya Kamenetz (C) 2006 Riverhead Books ISBN 1594489076 (reviewed here by the Rookie)

"Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism" by John Shelby Spong, (C) 1991 HarperSanFrancisco ISBN 0060675098 (I disagree with this guy on many counts, but as I wrote here, it takes serious challenges to our faith and honest debates about it to clarify what we believe and how we defend it.)

"Thud" by Terry Pratchett, (C) 2005 HarperCollins ISBN 0060815221 (This is as close as Pratchett comes to including current technology by name. The book deals with war, specifically racially-motivated war, with his accustomed acidly light humor. Probably the most profound point is the discussion of the game called Thud, seemingly based on a Nordic game called hnefa-tafl "King's Table," in which to be a truly expert player you must learn to play both sides.)

What I'm Watching:

"Hello, Dolly" produced by the Wydown Theatre Company

"Kiss Me, Kate" by Ladue HS

"Jesus Christ, Superstar" by MICDS Upper School

What I'm Hearing:

Insyderz "Skalleluia" album

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" soundtrack

"All Star Smash Hits" album by SmashMouth

"The Green Sweater Collection" mix by L.W.

3 Things that have been in my refrigerator the longest:

Jar of Pesto-- since November
Applesauce-- since Christmas
Chopped Romaine lettuce-- going on 3rd week

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