Paul writes – The blogger who has put me onto more interesting books, films and music than any other blogger over the course of 2010 is Barry Taylor. Not sure why, but there you go. I’ve really been engaged by a good number of the books, music and films he’s reviewed or commented on. Interestingly too, they haven’t always been well reviewed by Amazon.com reviewers. But as I’ve said, they’ve engaged me and I’ve enjoyed the experiences, and interesting and transformative ‘places’ they’ve taken me to. Perhaps it's that they're not mainstream, and that to many 'Christians' they'd be called "outsiders".They are voices from the 'edge', and often controversial and provocative as a result. For example, one Christian blogger writes of Regis Debray: "...He’s a staunch atheist so I really shouldn’t be enjoying this book..."
Here’s a few examples from 2010:
God: An Itinerary by Regis Debray (here). The cover picture alone would have grabbed my attention!
Notes from the Edge Times by Daniel Pinchbeck (here)
Just Kids by Patti Smith (here)
Soul Mining by Daniel Lanois
Le Noise (CD) by Neil Young (here)
I Am Love (Film) starring Tilda Swinton (here) [incidentally, my number three movie of 2010]
Below is an excerpt from a post by Barry which featured God: An Itinerary.
“…"Upon his emergence from the typographical ‘cradle’, in 1500, our God, speaking Latin, formerly polychromatic and couched in calligraphy, cloistered and chained to His shelf, would soon be sprinting through the city in the vernacular. The printing press made the Word 'practical and useful to all'. That new ease caused the Church to lose its monopoly on reproduction and circulation. It would soon oblige it, after the Council of Trent, to unsettle its certitudes and reinvigorate its sources of allure. There was thus propagated, in the wake of the Reformation, an Eternal in black and white, difficult to control, patriotic and erudite, polyglot, and with a certain wanderlust. With the possibility of home delivery. Bad news for the princes of the Church, but excellent for educated fathers of their families. And when the Pilgrim Fathers, in 1620, took it upon themselves to cross the Ocean with the Scriptures in English under their arms, the result was a second Promised Land, North America, an auspicious transplanting of the God of Gutenberg to the Far West."
The God of Gutenberg, a god shaped and formed by technology, I think we underestimate the role that technologies play in our understanding of the divine and the sacred. "The powers that be have always welcomed, somewhat absentmindedly, the medium that would result in their demise." Intense words, those. So are these, "When the arts of memory undergo transformation, it is the soul of God that is transformed."…”
You can read the whole post here.