A few cultural odds and ends for your week . . .
I watched a movie recently titled – The Lunchbox. It’s set in India. I loved it. It’s a reminder that life (and love) consists of a thousand small human gestures and overtures. It’s a lovely film.
I watched a documentary titled – Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy. So many thoughts came flooding back to me, as I used to know Robert and I’m still a fan of his poetry. It reminded me that art pushes us more deeply into the world. Art is not escape. Art is engagement.
I’ve started the Ken Burns’ series on the Vietnam War. So far, so powerful. Burns always brings a fresh and intelligent look at the world. I’m an unabashed PBS / NPR fan!
I finished reading A Passage to India by E.M. Forrester. It’s old school, to be sure, but I love his writing. I also love the Merchant / Ivory film versions!
I finished reading Hillary Clinton’s new book — What Happened. It was like sitting in on someone else’s therapy session. What happened? I don’t think anyone knows yet, including Hillary.
And for fun, I read a book by Andrew Sean Greer titled — Less. And also a book by Alexander McCall Smith titled My Italian Bulldozer. If reading about a journalist who drives a bulldozer around Tuscany tickles your fancy, then this book is for you!
In terms of music, I’ve been listening to the new Bruce Cockburn CD — Bone on Bone. I like it. Plus — A Social Call — by Jazzmeia Horn.
And since I’m on a cultural bent, to all my friends in NYC, please go see Scott Carter’s play — The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. It opens at the Cherry Lane Theater this week in New York. You’ll love it!
Take a Breath today. Do something this week that stimulates your mind, stretches your heart, and / or that something that is good for your body. This is the day the Lord has made . . . rejoice and be glad in it!