The Taser's Edge

Tuesday Reading Roundup 9: Spring Break Edition

1. Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership by Stacy T. Rinehart–Not only do I have to read this book (and it’s a decent critique of so much corporatespeak in church leadership), but I have to preach this Friday.  Yes, of course I need your prayers.  The one thing that irks me about Rinehart is his sometimes inaccurate read of church history.  For instance, the period between 325 CE and the Reformation is referred to as “The 1,200 Year Gridlock,” and it seems like not even the apostles got church right.  What hope do I have?

2. Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann–The 133 page book that never ends.  It’s even good, and I can’t get through it.

3. All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists by Terry Gross–This is a collection of 35+ interviews which Terry Gross has done on NPR’s Fresh Air, including a ton of interesting people.  My favorite, I think because he talks about innovation and music technology, is Grandmaster Flash.  Zack or Ben, you would be interested in the interview.  It’s fascinating, although I don’t know how much of his telling is actually true, and how much is akin to Jelly Roll Morton’s claim to have invented jazz.  (Admittedly, Grandmaster Flash’s claims are much more modest.)  Another cool thing I just found in hunting down some links.  NPR has compiled a bunch of interviews into The History of Hip-Hop.  I’m going to have to spend some time there.

4. The Crow by J. O’Barr–Possibly the only person my age who has now read the book but who has not (yet) seen the movie.  Fascinating.  Violent.  Lean.  Not an extra panel in here.  Also, it really makes me wonder how, according to imdb, there have been now been four movies of The Crow which followed the original.  And according to Wikipedia, a remake of the original is on the way.  Fascinating how fascinating this brief material continues to be.

5. The Education of Hopey Glass (Love & Rockets Book 24) by Jaime Hernandez–This is my first experience with the Love & Rockets world.  Pleasant although somewhat inconsistent, I would say.  I do like comics about normal life and experience, and this fits that bill (mostly).