The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien, 1990) BY: Marsena Konkle O’Brien’s books are intense, painful, emotionally wrenching, and full of the vulgar language of soldiers under the stress of combat - and worthy of discussion.
Cloister Walk (Kathleen Norris, 1996) BY: Marsena Konkle The Cloister Walk is a book worthy of consideration. It’s a book best read slowly. Take in these words and you may find your fault lines revealed, and your soul.
Tabloid Dreams (Robert Olen Butler, 1996) BY: Marsena Konkle Robert Olen Butler's story collection, Tabloid Dreams, is a strange composite of stories inspired by titles you’d see in a tabloid while standing in line at the grocery store.
Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997) BY: Marsena Konkle Good Will Hunting is a movie worth seeing, and not simply because it won Best Screenplay at the 1997 Academy Awards. It will move you and give you plenty to discuss.
Bruce Cockburn: The Truth About Poets BY: Marsena Konkle The best poets are able to express in words the very essence of what it means to be fully human. Bruce Cockburn's skill and creativity as a poet shine through in his recordings.
Visual Faith: Art, Theology, & Worship in Dialogue (William A. Dyrness, 2001) BY: Denis Haack I discovered William Dyrness around the same time I discovered Turner, but truth be told, my reaction was quite different.
Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) BY: Jeremy Huggins Having grown up with a cold mother and an emotionally absent father, Amélie, a young Parisian woman with a great capacity for love, has learned that it’s safer to keep to herself.
Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001) BY: Jeremy Huggins Enid and Rebecca have just graduated from high school, and they’re let loose to spend their summer in, by their estimations, a lame town, a culture filled with corporate influence and fake cool.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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