The4thDave’s Official 2016 ETL List!!!

Here we go!

  1. I love dad-jokes. The dad-jokier, the better. Especially puns. If I somehow had to stop making puns, I’d pretty much have to quit Twitter.
  2. Speaking of which: most of my tweets are embarrassingly silly. Whenever a legit-serious person (e.g. a seminary prof or pastor I respect) follows me on Twitter, I cringe a little. Not because there’s anything inappropriate or untoward on there. No, it’s the 17 hashtag jokes in a row, followed by the series of random GIFs I send to people. (I’m an actual adult, I promise…  Oh wait–is everyone making cow puns? I’m IN!)
  3. You want to see my eyes light up, and set me off on an endless stream of geeking out? It just takes 7 words: “So, why do you like Doctor Who?”
  4. Karaoke. I will karaoke like’a nobody’s business. I even have a typical “set list.”
  5. Still blogging after all these years. And while the tone of my blog writing has matured, I still geek out like I used to. (Evidence for the prosecution: that 2000-word piece I wrote on Batman v. Superman.)
  6. I am becoming a board game geek. I’m nowhere close to being a super-hardcore gamer yet (some of those guys frighten me), but all you have to say is “Euro-style strategy game” and I’m pulling a chair up to the table. (Our current favorite games: Catan [of course], Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic.) Let’s put it this way: one of my favorite Youtube channels is Wil Wheaton’s “Tabletop,” which features 90-minute videos of various entertainment and web personalities playing through board games. I find it fascinating.
  7. I love telling people about the 2016 Challies Reading Challenge, and my progress so far. (15/52 so far, so I’m falling a little behind at the moment. Currently working on a few, though.)
  8. Last year, I started writing book reviews for my blog, for the sole purpose of getting free books to review. Unfortunately, my habits of obtaining books faster than I can read them are catching up to me (I’m 5-6 reviews behind!).
  9. The only TV shows on broadcast television that I have watched consistently over the last 2 years have been Doctor Who and The Flash. And right now, I have to say I enjoyed The Flash a little bit more.
  10. For “date night” this week, my wife agreed to accompany me to see a children’s play about superheroes–which was hilarious. And then let me talk her into getting ice cream afterwards. She loves me.
  11. I am terrible at celebrity impressions, but I can’t help attempting them. My coworkers have sometimes made a game of seeing who can get me to do a “voice” first, without my realizing it.
  12. I’m a podcast junkie. I download more podcasts than I can feasibly listen to, but I keep finding interesting things I want  to try. That said, my favorite podcasts aren’t about theology or politics; they’re the ones about geek culture and Star Wars and comics.
  13. I overthink things like hashtags. Yesterday, I came up with not one but TWO official hashtags for ETL this year. #ETL2016 and #LameOn  And then realized that both of them are associated with other things. Then again, so is #EmbraceTheLame, but at least it’s more self-evident. So that’s what we’re going with. For now.

That’s all for now–but there may be updates throughout the day, so check back later. And if you posted your own list, let me know in the comments below!


The 2016 “Hall of Lame”!!!!

Lindsey!

…and that’s about it, at the moment.

“Embrace The Lame” Day: 2016!

Let’s take a little trip in the way-back machine to 2005. Your humble author, a fresh-faced 25-year-old, was still figuring out this “online community” thing, when he caught himself trying to be cooler than he was.

As I wrote back then, I was “cautiously posturing” on people’s websites, keeping up that “cool front of detachment” that was all the rage in my high-school days. Once I realized what I was doing, I decided to pull a 180 by creating my own Fake Internet Holiday (before it was cool!) to celebrate the fact that I was really still a huge dork.

And thus, “Embrace the Lame” Day was born. Every April 28th, I would post a list of things that I enjoyed that others may have found quirky, weird, or downright dorky. I would stand up and say it loud: I’m a geek, and I’m proud!

I celebrated ETL Day for a few years, made playlists for it, claimed it was an INTERnational fake internet holiday in its second year, and over the years convinced over 20 people to participate with me. Each year, I would honor all participants in the ETL “Hall of Lame”! ETL Day had an official greeting (“Lame On!”) and briefly had its own website that is now defunct (unless someone else took over the URL–I haven’t checked).

And then I just…stopped. Either because I had stopped blogging for a while, or just didn’t think about it.  Last year would have been the 10-year anniversary, but I didn’t realize that until late May.

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Looking back over these old posts, it’s funny to me that, in some ways, I haven’t changed much. I love a lot of the same stuff (including “Boy Meets World” and Huey Lewis!). But I have changed in other small ways. For example, I stopped wearing sweaters with shorts (and stopped wearing jean shorts altogether). That’s progress, right? Also, my language has definitely cleaned up a bit (so I apologize for any junk-words in the linked posts; just blame that on vestigial attempts at edginess). Thank the Lord for progressive sanctification.

In some ways, I wonder if  “the world has moved on” from Embrace the Lame Day. This is a much different world than it was in 2005. The very reason I started ETL Day (an opportunity to share all the weird and wonderful hobbies and interests we have) is pretty much what the internet is FOR, these days.

On the other hand, I think 2016 might be the PERFECT time to bring back ETL. Why?

  • I want to bring back Embrace the Lame because it’s fun. 2016 has been a heavy year so far, both in the wider world, in our nation, and just for me personally. It’s time to have a little fun on the internet, for once. So I’m asking that we put down our political pitchforks and our discernment crossbows, and take a day off. Just one day.
  • I want to bring back Embrace the Lame because I have new people with which to share it. While I look forward to some of the original ETL participants returning, I also look forward to my new online community joining in–especially the #Incredibros. Don’t let me down, fellas.
  • I want to bring back Embrace the Lame because I’ve grown up a bit more. Eleven years, man. I’m curious to see what this new list will look like.

Maybe, like me, it’s been a while since you’ve owned up to the silly and uncool things you enjoy. If that’s the case, then we are overdue.

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So here’s the challenge, 4thDaveBlog Readers: Start working on your list and post it online sometime today. I’ll post my official 2016 list at around noon today, both here and on Facebook. I challenge you to do the same. If you do, be sure to tag me and/or link to this post. I will be setting up a new “Hall of Lame” to honor all participants!

The official hashtags for Embrace the Lame 2016 are #ETL2016 and #LameOn. Feel free to use them frequently!  
UPDATE:
Why make this more complicated than it needs to be? Trevor suggested on Facebook that it should simply be #EmbraceTheLame. I agree!  So that’s the NEW official hashtag!

Everybody, look at your hands…

[This week: three posts taken from a Sunday School lesson I taught recently on Ecclesiastes 4.]

In Ecclesiastes 4, the Teacher gives a bit of an object lesson of 3 postures we can have when it comes to work and wealth:

The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. (Eccles. 4:5-6 ESV)

The first approach to work and wealth is symbolized with clasped hands.  The writer here isn’t talking about the gift of rest and sleep at the end of a hard day’s labors. These are the hands of the fool or the sluggard, who decides that it’s not worth it to work hard, because “the little man can’t get ahead.” Instead, these foolish folks do little or nothing to take care of themselves, and then expect others to care for them. Elsewhere in the Scriptures, they are described as turning on their beds like doors on their hinges. The sluggard’s house is in disrepair because he doesn’t bother to take care of what has been entrusted to him.

And sluggards can even spiritualize their laziness, as some did in the church at Thessalonika. They argued that Jesus’ imminent return was a good reason to stop working and wait for heaven. (The Apostle Paul strongly disagreed.)

What is the result of this folding of the hands? The text says that the lazy fool devours his own flesh. Some commentators describe this condition in this way: This person not only devours all of his physical possessions or resources, but then starts to lose himself in the process. He loses his ability to care for himself and others. He loses self-respect. He loses perspective. A person who is consumed with laziness becomes a shell of the person they were meant to be.

The second posture we see portrayed is that of contented hands. The word “quietness” in verse 6 can also be described as “peace of mind.” The idea here is a person who recognizes that God has provided everything that they need, and they find contentment with what they have. These are the people who know that it is better to have “a little” and walk in peace and righteousness, than to have great wealth and encounter great trouble with it. (Or, in the words of the great sages of the age, Biggie and Puffy, “mo’ money, mo’ problems.”)  Those with contented hands recognize that godliness with contentment is truly great gain, and that the craving for more and more wealth ultimately produces heartache.

And the thing about having “one handful with quietness” is that you have another hand free. You can use that free hand to worship, to give, to serve, to comfort. Your hands are not tied up in your possessions.

Contrast that with the third posture: clutching hands. These two hands are full of toil and striving, a desire for more and more. This is the person who spends all their energy gaining and preserving their possessions. The story is told (and it may be apocryphal) of John D. Rockefeller, oil baron of the early 20th century. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in the country, was reportedly asked how much money would be enough for him. His response? “Just a little bit more.” This is the idea of a man with clutching hands: hands full of striving and toil for things that ultimately won’t satisfy him. As the verse from Ecclesiastes says, the man with clutching hands is ultimately grabbing at smoke. He will never find satisfaction in his pursuit of wealth, and will spend his time anxiously toiling to protect the very thing he thinks will protect him.

One might argue, “Sure, I work all the time, but I’m not doing it for me–I’m doing it for my family. I’m supposed to take care of them.” That’s true: if you have a family, you have a responsibility to take care of them. It is wise to store up for the futureBut the question is: where is your security, really–in God, or in what you own? Do you find your ultimate peace of mind in a big emergency fund and investment portfolio? Are you putting your trust in your wealth? Be careful that you aren’t clutching at smoke.

Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing sinful about having wealth. Indeed, the Bible says that when the Lord gives wealth, it’s a blessing. But those who are wealthy are commanded to put their trust in God, rather than their possessions. If you find satisfaction in Him, rather than in your wealth, you can find true contentment.

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So here’s my challenge to you today: take a moment to consider the posture of your hands, when it comes to your work and wealth.

  • Are you tempted toward laziness, when there is work to be done?
  • Are your hands endlessly, anxiously toiling to build more wealth?
  • Or are you seeking to be content with “one handful,” knowing that your security is not in what you are able to hold, but rather in Who is holding you?

One last encouragement for you: 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5 ESV)

Note this, Christian: the reason we can be content with what we have, and not be driving to pile up wealth endlessly, is that we have the One Thing that lasts, when all else fades away. We have Jesus.

He will never leave us or forsake us. And if that’s true, we have all we need.

I read the news today, oh boy.

I’m looking out my office window at a sky of perfect, pale blue. I’m aware of and thankful for the blue of the sky in a way I haven’t been in a while.

For those concerned, my household has escaped the recent flooding with no damage whatsoever. By the providence of God, our neighborhood did not flood.

Others, including friends and family, have endured significant property damage and great loss.

If you would, please pray for the Houston area.

Pray that the waters would finally recede from swollen creeks and waterways that are still rising and shifting and causing damage.

Pray for the financial and emotional needs of those who have lost property.

Pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones.

Pray for the continuing clean-up efforts, and for the strength of those working to love and serve their neighbors.

Pray for the Church to love their neighbors well, so that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in Heaven.

Pray for restoration.

 

 

Squealer’s paintbrush.

Here are two interesting literary anecdotes that I recently heard:

One: When George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, he had great difficulty getting it published in the UK in the early 40’s. Why? Because Animal Farm was a pretty scathing satire of Soviet Russia, and Russia was Britain’s ally at the moment against the Axis forces.

This so incensed Orwell (who himself was, ironically, sympathetic to socialist ideas) that he wrote an embittered preface to the book decrying the squashing of free speech in Britain. (The fact that the link above points to a Russian web address makes me happy.)

This is a 20th-century example of how censorship of ideas that are considered “inappropriate” is not always done at the state level. The gatekeepers of society will do the black-lining themselves.

Two: And now, a 21st-century example: when science fiction author Nick Cole used the concept of abortion as the motivation for a group of sentient robots to turn against humanity in his novel, the editor at HarperVoyager (a division of Harper Collins) was so shocked and “deeply offended” that they removed the novel from production. Cole was told that, if he did not change the motivation for the villains of his novel so that it did not involve the concept of abortion, his novel essentially wouldn’t be published. Cole responded by taking his novel to Amazon and self-publishing there. Yay freedom of the press! (And this isn’t an endorsement of the novel–I haven’t read it, or anything else by Cole. I’m just telling the story.)

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Here’s where I’m struggling with this: as a conservative Christian, I don’t like the idea of publishers trying to silence ideas that are politically or culturally taboo…when they’re ideas I might endorse. However, if we change the content under discussion to something I personally find morally offensive or profane, I have to confess I would be more amenable to the “responsibility of publishers to protect the public good.”

And one could rightly ask the question: Do I think a private business should be allowed to make decisions about those with whom it will or will not do business, based on the deeply-held beliefs of the company culture? Can I be consistent in holding such a position?

Maybe what I’m getting at is this: in all these issues of moral conscience and public policy, we need to consider if we’re being consistent, or if we’re just supporting the position that benefits us the most, no matter how it contradicts our other “strongly-held beliefs.” (If you want, you can hash all that out in the comments, with the usual conditions in place.)

I wonder if the truth is that we all like the rules of the farm as long as we’re the pig on the ladder with the paintbrush. 

Mourning-song.

[For Toni.]

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we exiles walk head-bowed
through the valley of shadows
as the darkness stalks around the edges
(ancient serpents with Latin names)
and our tears fall like spring rains.
we mourn our losses and keep marching
at the command of life and duty,
wiping eyes with shirt sleeves and sighing.

how long, oh Lord, will we bear the scars of
the bitter fruit’s destruction, planting loved ones
in the earth like seeds, awaiting
Your eternal spring?

we are the people of the royal priesthood
we hold our calling and election sure
we know we are held by He who calls us
and none pluck us from His hand.
but lo, we feel the scratching claws
of despair, scraping against our backs,
digging into our weary chests.
we are hard-pressed on every side.
we are not crushed–but some days
we strain for breath.

hold us, merciful Father, when
we have no strength to hold onto You.
be merciful, Almighty, carry us,
for we Your children are stumbling around
the blind corners of this valley deep,
and on days of bitter sadness we forget
when we first beheld the sun.

and yet.
rising from Your wounded children,
a song borne on trembling voices:

our King is coming, bloody, triumphant
and He will vanquish His foes
and He will raise up His people from their beds
and He will restore all things.
His faithfulness is everlasting
He will not abandon His people
He will restore what has been stolen
He will redeem what has been broken
for He is good, and His goodness is everlasting.

we will wait for the Lord.
we will be strong,
our hearts will take courage,
and we will wait for the Lord.

“Tip like Jesus.”

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

(I Timothy 6:17-19)

“Remember, y’all–tip like Jesus.”

When I go out to dinner with a group of fellow believers, I often say something like that, which will elicit a chuckle or two from my friends. But when I say that, I’m totally serious.

Christians have a TERRIBLE reputation with folks in the “service industry,” especially restaurant waitstaff. It has long been a stereotype that servers hate working Sunday lunch shift because the “church” crowd is often entitled, impatient, and stingy.

My brothers, this should not be.

This is my exhortation to you, whether you are away at a conference or work trip, or you’re just taking the family out to dinner: if you are “bold” enough to bow your head to pray, be bold enough to act like a Christian during the rest of your meal–including when you leave a tip.

Sure, you can argue that there isn’t a clear Biblical command to tip your waiter or waitress well. I admit, there’s no chapter and verse on leaving a certain amount or percentage as gratuity.

But what the Bible does say is that Christians are to be generous with their resources, particularly with the church and with those in need. Well, the person refilling your Dr. Pepper is probably making a pretty low hourly wage and depends on tips to help pay the bills. It is not a stretch to consider that hard-working man or woman as being “in need” of your extra dollar or two.

But even if the server is not “in need,” I would encourage you to leave a generous tip. Why? Because we serve a generous God. We serve a God who gives good gifts to all, and even bestows his common graces on rebellious people who don’t deserve or appreciate it. God gives the replenishing rain to the just and unjust, the joys of family and food and health to the righteous and unrighteous. It is His good pleasure to allow us to enjoy pleasure.

If we are the people of God, the representatives of His Kingdom in the world, should we not reflect His generous nature? 

“What about lousy service?” some may ask. “Are you saying I should reward lazy or incompetent people?”

I would offer 3 responses: 2 practical and 1 theological.

  • First, from a practical standpoint, if you have a thoughtless, incompetent, flat-out lousy server at a restaurant, and you leave a small tip or no tip at all as a punitive measure, ask yourself: Is this server going to “get the message” and straighten up and fly right? Or are they going to assume all manner of evil about you? After all, they don’t actually answer to you, so any attempt by you to punish or correct will likely be seen as pettiness at best. Withholding a tip will not accomplish what you think it does.
  • Second, what you see as inattentiveness, laziness, or a bad attitude may in fact be something else altogether. Turns out, the guy bringing you chips and salsa–he’s a real person, who may be going through some real hardship. He’s not simply a member of the chorus in the grand production of your life, whose only purpose for existing is to bring you chips. (Was that a little harsh? Sorry. But not really. Get over yourself, bro.)
  • Third, if you have a server who truly does not deserve a tip, this gives you the opportunity to do something crazy and countercultural: show kindness to the undeserving. When you do that, you are imitating a God who does the same thing.

In the real world, here’s how it could play out:

  • When you get a server who is inattentive or unprofessional, give the standard tip amount (usually 15%) as a courtesy. Then, you might consider informing the manager (in a gentle, Christlike way!) what was going on. This way, they can address the issue with their employee directly in a way that may actually make a difference.
  • On the flip side, if you get really great service, not only could you tip well, but you could also let the manager know, so that the server can be rewarded or acknowledged.

I’m not creating a new law here. I’m not trying to guilt-trip you. I’m just saying that we are missing a huge opportunity to reflect the generosity of God in a practical way.

Believer, our attitudes toward the restaurant staff is in danger of drowning out the sound of our mealtime prayers. Something to consider, the next time you and your family sit down at Cracker Barrel.

[And for goodness sakes, if you’re going to leave a Gospel tract, DO NOT LEAVE A BAD TIP. Seriously. Don’t make me smack you.]

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Your Turn: Do you ever leave tips for bad service? Do you think Tipping is just a city in China? Have you ever left one of those “fake-money” tracts instead of a tip? …Actually, don’t answer that last one, because I DON’T want to know.

“How can you READ this? There’s no PICTURES!”

Apparently, I don’t feel busy enough with my current Reading Challenge efforts. Today I registered for a summer course with Southern Seminary Online (Biblical Hermeneutics! Wheee!).  That’s an 8-week intensive, with a full slate of lectures and assignments.

The prospect of adding summertime graduate studies to my already-full plate had me scrambling for advice on how to make it all work. Recently, I’ve noticed a few blog posts floating around that suggest ways to read non-fiction books more quickly. The common element of all such articles seems to be that you have to read as little as possible of the page in order to grok the information. It treats books as mere text files. Open book, absorb essential content, discard book.

As a reader and as a writer, this doesn’t quite sit well with me.

I mean, I get it. There are trade-offs. Reading is sometimes time-consuming. People are busy these days. And some books frankly don’t deserve the time it takes to read them.

But if we reduce reading to mere information absorption, we distill the soul right out of the experience. Frankly, that would be a shame. (And if I sound like a goofy English major, well, guilty as charged.)

I just finished reading Greg McKeown’s critically-acclaimed book Essentialism–a study in how a philosophy of “less but better” can make us more productive and happier. The book is pretty short (fewer than 300 pages), but it took me a while to finish, mainly because the ideas McKeown proposed were worth chewing on for a bit. I even went back and wrote a sort of “executive summary” or outline of the book’s contents,chapter by chapter (something I’ve never done before), for my own records and review.

Now, if I had simply searched for such a summary online and read that, would I have saved time? Sure I would have. It would have taken me less than a half-hour, versus the several days of 30-60 minute stretches that it took to finally read the book cover-to-cover. However, if I had only read a summary of the content, I don’t think I would have remembered it quite as well or begun to absorb its lessons.*** The gradual nature of deep engagement with this type of book gave me opportunity to consider, critique, and apply what I found to be most helpful.

So I say: choose good books, and read them carefully. I don’t have any studies or surveys to back up my position–just the anecdotal data of one reader’s experience. But what I have learned over the years is that, when you’ve taken the time to choose your books wisely, reading deeply and thoughtfully is worth the time you invest in it.

Your Turn: Are you a book skimmer, or a book soaker? Do you try to hit the highlights when you read, or do you stew over books like I do? Do you have any suggestions for me, when it comes to reading faster or more effectively? Please share those in the comments!

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***The irony of all this being, one of the lessons of Essentialism is that you can’t do it all. Because our time and resources are limited, we have to make trade-offs. On the surface, it may appear that I’m acting like a Non-essentialist by adding yet another obligation to my plate. But the truth is, I’m taking these lessons to heart, choosing what is most important to my purpose and goals, and making the appropriate adjustments. For example, my Reading Challenge progress in those two months will likely stop altogether while I’m in class, and my blogging output will be likewise affected. But more on that next month.

2016 Reading Challenge: March Update!

Time to give you an update on my Challies 2016 Reading Challenge progress!

This month, I was able to keep pace on the reading challenge (along with some extracurricular comic-book reading–I’m excited for the new Captain America movie, so I’ve been catching up on that title!).  I also finished the month with a handful of books “in progress” (including one that I almost got in under the wire for March), so I’m hoping April will be another good reading month.

Here’s what I was able to finish in March:

A Classic Novel: Animal Farm, by George Orwell. When I told people that I had never read Animal Farm, they were incredulous. How can I not have read a staple of high-school English class? My answer: private Christian school. We read a different set of novels, and I missed out on a lot of the standards that my public-school contemporaries read (or at least, skimmed the Cliffs Notes). So I finally got around to reading Animal Farm, Orwell’s scathing satire of Soviet Marxism. It was a fun read, and I’m glad to finally fill in this egregious gap in my education. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s certainly worth your time and attention. And remember, kids: four legs good, two legs…better?

A Novel Set in A Country Other Than Your Own: Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield. This novel, set in ancient Greece, tells the story of the 300 Spartans (and hundreds of various other Greeks) who defended Thermopylae (the “Hot Gates” of the title) against the invading Persians. The frame of the story is the account of a Spartan squire named Xeones, who survived the battle with grave injuries only to be questioned by Xerxes, the Persian emperor, who wishes to know more about the brave warriors who withstood his advance for days. Through the narrative detailing Xeo’s early life and journey to Sparta and his experience as an outsider living within Spartan culture, the reader gets a fascinating picture of a past culture, as the author explores the themes of the nature of courage and the bonds forged in battle. While I quite enjoyed the story, the consistent presence of “barracks-language” and crude dialogue prevent me from recommending it broadly.

A Book Based on a True Story: The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long. This NYT-bestselling graphic novel depicts two families, one black and one white, living in Houston, Texas, during the Civil Rights era. The story, which is semi-fictionalized but based on the author’s experiences, depicts the tensions in Houston surrounding the trial of 5 TSU students accused of shooting a police officer during a protest/riot. The author’s father was a TV news reporter who tried (despite pressures at the station) to present the story objectively. While the book doesn’t present this complicated issue with any sort of depth, it does provide a snapshot of childhood during a turbulent time. I also learned a bit of local history that I had never heard before, which is a good thing.

A Book of Poetry: Jelly Roll, by Kevin Young. Rather than go with something safe or familiar, I tried to stretch a little, so I picked up this book of poems by Kevin Young, an African-American poet and professor of English and creative writing. Jelly Roll, a National Book Award finalist, is a collection of poems inspired by love, loss, and jazz. The jazz element is particularly strong, which meant I had to work a little bit to “get” several of the pieces, but a few of them elicited an audible reaction of “whoo, that’s good” from me. If nothing else, reading this book made me want to write poetry again. Like Young, I love the sound of language, and poetry is a perfect medium for reveling in its music. This collection may not be for everyone, but it was an interesting experience for me.

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That’s all I have this month, as far as the official list is concerned. As I said, I also read a few trade-paperback collections of Captain America comics. One in particular that stood out for me was Fallen Son, a collection of five stories taking place in the wake of the death of Captain America. The writers shaped these stories to represent the 5 “stages of grief,” and the result is a collection of surprising emotional resonance. As I’ve said elsewhere, most of my limited comics-reading are “fun-and-done” but, once in a while, a well-written book grabs my imagination. This one did.

Your Turn: Did you read any good books this month? Let me know in the comments below!