Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2013

game

This list is not my favorite new releases of the year; instead, it is the best of the DVDs I’ve watched from Netflix since this time last year. Although I mostly stream Netflix Instant these days, we've kept the 1-DVD-at-a-time plan to supplement films not yet streaming. This list is also in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take out all the fun.1. Game Change (2012): Based on the best-selling nonfiction book, this political drama follows the historic 2008 p … [Read more...]

Top 10 “Netflix Instant” Streamed in 2013

Aziz

This list is not my favorite new releases of the year; instead, it is the best of the content I watched since this time last year. It also does not include films that I saw in the theater. In addition, this list is in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take out all the fun:1. Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive: My wife Magin and I both enjoy stand-up comedy, and Aziz has inspired us to watch more stand-up comics in the new year: Red-hot comic Aziz Ansari ("Parks and … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games, the Zombie Apocalypse, and the Meaning of Myths, Old and New

Greeks

The Greek’s accepted their myths as true in the sense that they were not doubted, but they were not accepted in the way that everyday reality is….  A Greek conventionally put the gods “in heaven,” but he would have been astounded to actually see them in the sky.  He would have been no less astounded if someone using time in its literal sense, told him that Hephaestus had just remarried or that Athena had aged a great deal lately.  Then he would have realized that in his own eyes mythic time had o … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2013

Transcendental_Youth

This list is not my favorite new releases; instead, it is the best of the albums I listened to since this time last year. This list is also in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take all the fun out of remembering these albums:Alt-J, An Awesome Wave: Named after the keystroke for making a delta (i.e., triangle) sign on a Mac by holding down the Alt and J keys, the Leeds, England–based trio Alt-J is inspired by the symbol’s mathematical definition of cha … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Books Read in 2013

NJC

The following are the top ten best books I’ve read since this time last year. The list is in alphabetical order by the author’s last name because agonizing over a precise order would take all the fun out of remembering these books:1. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness: Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association selects a “Common Read” for all UUs to study, discuss, and act upon. The 2012-2013 selection was Alexander's powerful call … [Read more...]

Living the Questions

BYOT

One of my professors used to say that his favorite time of the year was the last week of each semester. He called it “A Time of Great Synthesis.” He said he could almost feel it in the air: the energy of students preparing for final papers and exams, striving to weave all the disparate strands of knowledge learned during the term into a coherent tapestry. At the time, I used to sometimes roll my eyes when he would say things like that because I was wearily in the midst of studying. At the same ti … [Read more...]


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