Reading & Watching & Listening & Playing: August 3, 2023

I have loved reading Ben Crowder’s Booknotes and Links posts for a long time. I thought I’d give it a go.

Book Research

  • The Shining Path, by Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna.1 Good intro to the time period and overview of the major personalities and events.
  • Shining and Other Paths, edited by Steve J. Stern. Academic articles, essential for diving deeper and understanding societal dynamics.
  • Archival materials

Gospel Stuff

I’m reading quite a bit on Sundays in order to feel more prepared for when seminary starts again.

For Fun

  • Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert. Can’t tell how I feel about this one yet. Finally read the first one in anticipation of the first Denis Villenueve movie and really dug it. Dune Messiah was different and this one is more-so.
  • Ghosts, the British TV series (I found it on HBO Max). I love everything about it. Avoid the (much) lesser American version.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtle Mayhem Soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This movie has come out of nowhere for me and I really want to see it. The trailer does not clue you in to what the soundtrack will be like, and the soundtrack leads me to believe the movie will be something special. Good working music.
  • Hogwarts Legacy on Steam Deck. Not very far into it. I just learned Expelliarmus, but it’s fun!


  • These write ups of the design process behind Archer, Surveyor, and Whitney from interviews with Tobias Frere-Jones are just great!
  • Laws and Manners, a transcribed speech by Lord Moulton. It’s good and seems pretty timeless to me.
  • Transcript of meeting between Chairman Mao and Henry Kissinger. Don’t know what to say about this, other than nobody comes out of this exchange looking great. At the same time, it’s fascinating to find an artifact like this. How much of today’s geopolitical fault lines were reinforced or built in this moment?

  1. All the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. 

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