Monday, January 30, 2006

Hey, Bush gets one.

I'll admit it: I'm in a bit of a blogging funk.

Call it laziness, but for today I have to revert to that most awful form of blogging - updating you on the mundane details of my life.

Consider this the State of my Union... with, uhh... myself.


As evidenced by my Netflix queue, I'm trying to wade my way through a few classics. Most recently, I watched "A Face in the Crowd." Totally, totally outstanding. I am really digging Elia Kazan as of late, plus Andy Griffith puts on an unforgettable performance as Lonesome Rhodes. I've had "Metropolis" on top of my DVD player for about 3 weeks now and have started it no less than 4 times, but as much as I hate to admit it, I just can't get into it.

Next three headed this way - "Citizen Kane," "Gentleman's Agreement," and "Angels With Dirty Faces." Score.


What's in the ol' Ipod these days, you ask? I already told you about the Haggard album, Chicago Wind. Other albums in heavy rotation are Old Crow Medicine Show - OCMS, Reckless Kelly - Wicked, Twisted Road, Neil Young - Greatest Hits (holla), and Shooter Jennings - Put the O Back in Country. Giz will probably throw up a little at the sound of all those.

I'm also addicted to the Vatican Radio podcast of 105Live. It reminds me of NPR, which I also enjoy, but it is about ten times better. Maybe fifteen. Also, once a week, they have a segment called "The Latin Lover," during which the hostess chats with the pope's personal Latinist about Roman and modern culture, and everything in between. The guy is an absolute joy to listen to with his gruff old voice, and since I am studying Latin right now, I find value in the things he has to say.


Currently, it's St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics. This is not a light read by any stretch of the imagination, but the payoff is unbelievable. It is basically selected readings from the Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae, and De Regimine Principum targetted towards - you guessed it - politics and ethics. Also included are sections with "Backgrounds and Sources," "Interpretations," and "Contemporary Problems In Thomistic Ethics." Each are worth their weight in gold. Aquinas was such a fucking giant - I love him.

These are the other books I'm working my way through right now:

It remains to be seen what sort of God-awful accent this self-taught student has developed up to this point, but hopefully I'll meet someone with whom to converse pretty soon. Besides, I gotta get some guidance on the abstract ablative. What the hell is that all about?!?

Anyway, other than raising a kid, watching sports, and staying in a constant state of drunk, that's my life in a nutshell at this point in time. Tune in next year for the update.


At 9:57 AM, January 30, 2006, Anonymous frankiefirefox said...

I can not thank you enough for introducing me to OCMS. It is truly fantastic. I also recently viewed Angels with Dirty Faces, and enjoyed it.
Just a stab in the dark, but I predict that raising a kid, watching sports, and drinking will nutshell it for you next year too. I only wish I had time to watch sports and drink beer. I envy you sir! Sadly, my life currently consists of reading all day and all the misery that would logically accompany it.

At 10:08 AM, January 30, 2006, Blogger angel, jr. said...

I am as we speak uploading Neil Young into my iPod as I'm typing this!

At 1:14 PM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Vince said...

Old Crow Medicine Show is the poop. Giz needs to put them on video of the week. And Neil Young? Yeah, he's el hombre.

At 3:27 PM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Richard said...

Ack. I want to punch myself in the nuts as punishment for my superficiality. I've got Nip/Tuck in my queue. But, in my (and my nuts') defense, I am reading 1776 by David McCullough.

At 4:46 PM, January 30, 2006, Blogger mrshife said...

I think I have this funk as well. I wrote about frickin' Tootie Ramsey today.

At 9:48 PM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Matt Kellogg said...

Metropolis is kind of a bitch to watch, but it's worth staying with it to the end.


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