Friday, September 07, 2007

The Glory That Is the Library

A simple enough meme taken from About Last Night - what's out on your library card right now?

Books
The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard
All three plays. Read an Act of the first and lost interest. I suspect it plays better than it reads.

Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, Francisco Jose Ayala
Read two chapters of this spirited defense of evolution, which posits evolution as being in complete harmony with religion and not in opposition to it. It's good stuff, but a bit dry and mannered. May not continue.

The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II, Louise Borden
My three-year old got this because it had a boat on the cover. I didn't realize what it was about until we got it home.

The Book of Boys (for Girls) and the Book of Girls (for Boys), David Greenberg
A pleasant enough humorous verse look at the rivalry and differences between boys and girls. I think my other three-year old picked this one because of the pink on the cover. Kid is obsessed with pink.

CDs
Neon Bible, Arcade Fire
As I've discussed before, my new obsession - listening to it right now, actually!

Reasons Why, Nickel Creek
Terry Teachout raved about this modern bluegrass group on his blog, so I figured I'd give 'em a try. Haven't really listened to this yet.

Einstein on the Beach, Philip Glass
Inspired by an article on the best of minimalism in the Times. Haven't listened much yet, but so far it makes Glass' later work sound positively traditional!

The Wiggles Live! Hot Potatoes
A CD for the kids.

Live at Massey Hall, 1971, Neil Young
Gorgeous, solo Neil on guitar and piano.

Until Whenever

2 comments:

Roger Green said...

Can't imagine READING The Coast of Utopia - watching it, yes. Not so incidentally, my wife started watching the Tonys YESTERDAY.

Tosy And Cosh said...

I usually like to read plays, and had gotten a few past Pulitzer winners (Proof, Rabbit Hole) out of the library and liked them. But Utopis was too much for me on the page.

Hey, unlike the Oscars, the value of a Tony's broadcast is evergreen - the musical numbers can be enjoyed whenever!