Monday, October 26, 2009

The Medicine Cabinet Recommends

1. Read the poem 'Fireman' over at Thieves Jargon. It's by a guy named Stephen Williams, and it's one of the better poems that I've accepted in my role as TJ's poetry editor.

2. Terry Gross's most recent interview with Nick Hornby was thoroughly enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the part where Hornby talked about explaining religion to his children.

3. "Little People- A Tiny Street Art Project" is pretty cool, and worth checking out. My dad used to be into model trains, and I was always captivated by the tiny citizens of his train table. I fantasized about having my own train table, not because I cared too much about trains, but because I thought it would be really cool to create strange and surreal worlds for those tiny people to inhabit. This 'little people' project really excites the part of me that is still in touch with the little boy I used to be, but in a fun way that the man I have become can identify with too.

4.Away We Go. My wife and I just watched this movie the other night. It's sweet and thoughtful, with some really poignant and funny moments.

5. Is Epicurus Right About Sex?. I found this link over at Russell Blackford's blog. I spent some time a couple of months ago reading through the literature of Laveyan Satanism, and, in the end, it was really only the thread of epicurean thought that runs through the religion that appealed to me. Objectivism leaves me cold, and I get bored with Nietzsche fairly quickly. Epicurus resonates, and questions about sex are always fun.

6. Logicomix is a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell that I've been enjoying lately. It's perfect bathroom reading. I keep my copy on the bookshelf next to our bathroom, so keep that in mind if I ever offer to loan it to you. Really, the bathroom is my favorite place to read. In the tub or on the pot, you want to have quick access to a lot of good books. Logicomix made the cut for the bathroom bookshelf. That is the highest honor I can bestow upon a book.

7. I discovered The Killer Tortoise via Jerry Coyne's blog, and have't been the same since. You just get a certain sad picture of the predicament of turtles. Eagles drop them on rocks. Cars run them over. They End up in soup. Eagles use their cars to run them over so they can put them in their's a dire situation. It's good to see a tortoise taking such an agitative & empowered track. Good for the tortoise, and good for America.

8. Get down with the Dicty. What is a dicty? Check it out.

9. And in the spirit of number 8 on the recommends list, here's a song that my kids and I both like:


GbiZ said...

why'd you delete my comments ?

Spencer Troxell said...

I didn't delete your comments, I reposted this post. I wanted to give 'Fireman' top billing, and I screwed up one of the links. I'm not sure how to bring along the old comments when you repost something, or if you even can.

For the record, here was our original exchange

GbiZ: they might be giants!

Spencer Troxell: I agree.

I hope you feel better now.

GbiZ said...

they might be giants!

Spencer Troxell said...

I agree.

jvn said...

fireman was pretty good. i guess it's poetry. those lines are getting fairly well skewed with internet publishing. reminded me or a line in thus spoke zarathrustra when he's rejoicing in the street 'you're free, god is dead'.

Spencer Troxell said...

The Zarathustra analogy is interesting. Could you expand on that?

Willie Y said...

My wife and I just watched Away We Go and we both thought it was one of the best movies we have seen this year.

Spencer Troxell said...

Yeah, that was a really good movie. Parents-to-be to look up to.