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This week marks the birthday of novelist Ursula Le Guin.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)   Rocannon’s World

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October 13 marks the Birthday of Lauren Winner, noted author, and seminary professor at Duke Divinity School.

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce her work…

*** Books by Lauren Winner

Being Clothed in Christ:

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Today (October 5th) marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most important social critics of the past 50 years, Neil Postman.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)  Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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September 10 marks the Birthday of Jean Vanier, the French philosopher, theologian, and founder of the L’Arche communities

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce Vanier’s life and work…

*** Books by Jean Vanier

God’s Dream for Humanity:

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Today (September 7th) is the birthday of architect and New Urbanist Andres Duany.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work, which is essential reading for reflecting on the future of cities.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

Jane Jacobs 101 – 5 Short Videos

 

1)  The Smart Growth Manual

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Inspired by this great public radio interview with Bruce Handy, author of the new book, Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, I asked my Facebook friends for their favorite kids books that they have re-read as adults.

“Images from children’s books — a great green room and a red balloon, the white witch’s Turkish Delight, a lean and wicked cat in a red top hat — act as madeleines (or portkeys, or time turners, or rabbit holes, or wardrobes) calling up sleepiness, childhood rooms, grilled cheeses, long parental legs coming in and out of rooms, and that particular, pleasant ache of nostalgia. [Bruce Handy] … puts extraordinary care into replicating and preserving those feelings.” – NPR

Here are twenty of the most frequently-named
children’s books that are enjoyed by adults.

(In alphabetical order by author’s last name)

 

*** What other kids books
have you enjoyed as an adult?

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Introductory Guide to the Poems of
Mary Oliver
With Sample Poems

Compiled by Madeline Cramer

 

American Primitive: Poems

While she published her first book of poetry at 28 in 1963 while living in the former home of the late poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (a primary influence on her work), it was her fourth book, American Primitive that received the Pultizer Prize for poetry in 1983.
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Bob Dylan’s Best Albums

Compiled by Madeline Cramer

 

“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.
 

*** For a limited time, the ebook 
   The Gospel according to Bob Dylan
   by Michael Gilmour is only $1.99 for Kindle!

 
(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )
 

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 
(1963)

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Tomorrow (August 5th) is the birthday of theologian James Cone.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)  A Black Theology of Liberation

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This week marked the 70th birthday of poet and memoirist.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
 
 

1)  The Cloister Walk

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