recently: reviews

As You Like It: Hilarious but I’m not sure what the point is; everyone did end up married to the right person, though, so I guess we’ve got something positive going on. I still wouldn’t recommend pretending to be a guy and getting your crush to flirt with you while you’re pretending. (Or writing poetry for your crush and pinning it to trees. But hey, it worked for Orlando.)

O Brother, Where Art Thou?: I still really like this one. It was interesting watching it with friends and seeing their faces at certain points. It’s… out there, and you probably wouldn’t expect me to love it, but I do.

term papers: I did, in fact, pay money for professors to tell me to write papers for them. So I oughtn’t to be complaining. However, I do not want to write term papers.

The Hobbit: Still trying to figure out why exactly I don’t like this one as much as I think I ought to. It’s good, though. I relate strongly to Bilbo. Some really wonderful quotes.

“Record Player” by Daisy the Great & AJR: Catchy & not as shallow as I thought it would be.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Neat connections to the Bible and Shakespeare, and I think it’ll be fun to write a paper on, but I am incredibly annoyed about the ending. Why did I just spend fifty pages reading about a failed rescue attempt that was ridiculously convoluted and actually completely unnecessary?

Russell Kirk center: Truly the last homely house. 10/10 would recommend a visit before you die.

Euthyphro: Man, I just love reading Platonic dialogues.

“Memory Lane” by Haley Joelle & “Apple Pie” by Lizzy McAlpine: These ones are echoingly sad and memorable. Good indie music is always nice.

Apology: Just Socrates saying “I’m basically perfect, guys, but don’t worry, I’m actually super humble and don’t know anything so it’s okay.” (There is actually more depth to this and I do recommend it. But I don’t really believe that Socrates is as humble as he says he is. Sorry.)

A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm: “And thus religion is also panic” is a pretty wonderful line.

1917: If you haven’t seen this movie, you should. I didn’t know that people still made such good and true stories. With poetry recitations! And folk music! And a very Tolkienian message! One of the best movies I’ve yet seen.

Henry VI, Part II: You should probably read part I first, but I’m not sure it would actually help with your comprehension level.

turning twenty: I’m not sure yet. I don’t feel any different, in case you were wondering.

Hannah Coulter: This book hurts me, in a good way. (You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.)

college: Hard. Worth it.

God: Always good.

> – – – until we meet again – – – >


5 thoughts on “recently: reviews”

    1. That’s interesting! It’s good to know I’m not the only person who thinks I should like it more than I do. And I’m really not sure why I don’t like it, because in retrospect I can’t really articulate which particular parts I don’t like (except the elves, which I nevertheless admit work all right in the context of the individual novel, just not when compared to the overall legendarium).

      Have you read any other Wendell Berry? I’m trying to decide what I should read next. I’m thinking Jayber Crow?


      1. Exactly–there’s no one part that’s bad, it just…doesn’t fall quite right, I guess? Mysterious.

        Jayber Crow is the only other one I’ve ever read, and I REALLY enjoyed it, but I’ve also read reviews by people who really disliked it, pointing out issues which are valid. I think overall the book is beautiful enough that one can appreciate its beauty on one hand and examine and consider the issues on the other hand, and have it be worth it. But that’s just me. 😉

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