Reading List:January

The month of January has come and gone so quickly that I can only marvel and weep at such a passage of time that flitted with the ease of a sparrow`s dance from limb to limb.

My time has been greedily hoarded between my occupation and my family, leaving my private moments few and far between; though still quite ample, for I am one who desires to make the most of his time in whatever that might be worth in itself.

Over the last thirty-odd days, my mind has consumed many pages of books and I would like to chronicle the month`s ingestion herewith:

Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie recounts his life and experiences traveling on the American highways and byways during the Great Depression in a wry and wistful voice.

As a “lonely teenage broncin` buck” this book spoke to me in a far deeper way than even Kerouac`s On The Road did, though now I can appreciate its deeper nuances being on the other side of experience and maturity.

Guthrie has a surprisingly astute ideological bent for someone that is only known for being a seminal musician, and nowhere is it as apparent as in this written work.

Guns, Germs, & Steel by Dr. Jared Diamond

While I do not agree with many of his philosophical assumptions (Climatic Determinism, Darwinism, etc.) his work concerning the development of civilization (that is, Western Civilization) over the span of recorded history is fascinating – though unabashedly Eurocentric.

Many of his ideas are profound and insightful while other are dubious and contradictory – I nevertheless enjoyed examining his research and tussling with his conclusions.

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Submerged `neath the mire of popular media and relegated to the realm of a cultural clichs, the play yet shines forth its art whenever I read it and let its genius wash over me.

Sure, some of the teenage melodrama can be eyeroll-inducing when considered within the modern (or worse, post-modern) context of our present “jaded & enlightened” Age. However, the Bard`s power with language and brilliant narrative craft cannot be denied.

The Courting of Marcus Dupree by Willie Morris

This was the topping on a comparatively good month of reading for me. While I expected a scathing and scandalous indictment of the South, and the madness of schoolboy athletic stardom, I was pleasantly surprised to discover an elegant saga of Southern Gothic literary-journalism.

Morris weaves in the specters of the past with the startlements of the present-day`s culture and creates a winding tapestry of poetic beauty and sadness – all rooted within the warm black earth of the Mississippi Valley, under the high Friday night lights.

Though Marcus Dupree`s life became one of “what might have been” the innocent beginning of his wandering odyssey can be found within these pages.

The Book of Genesis

The Book of the Beginning, the Book of the Origin – given to Moses from the lips of GOD Almighty.

Adam and the Fall. Noah and the Flood. The Tower of Babel. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph. GOD setting aside, preserving, and upholding a people for Himself.

In the midst of it all… Christ.

I had something of a surplus of reading time this month (as evidenced by the ambitious tackling of one of the thicker volumes of the Old Testament) which was due in no small part to the amount of missed school days brought on by the Wintry weather.

However, for the coming month I imagine my reading time will be significantly less due the expectations of work as well as some oncoming projects and, if nothing else, there are fewer days in February.

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