Greetings, fellow sojourners. It’s been a fairly busy week for me away from my computer screen, so this is really only the second day I’ve sat myself down to write. Monday I spent writing; Tuesday I spent mostly proofreading and editing. You can read that work here.
Last week, I asked for music suggestions, because nothing in my usual rotation had been very appealing lately. Here are the artists that were recommended:
- The Synaptik
- Charlotte Day Wilson
- Big Thief
- Angel Olsen
I didn’t get around to Angel Olsen yet, but Big Thief and Charlotte Day Wilson are good choices if you like singer/songwriter stuff. The Synaptik I found to be great to listen to while writing; I’ve been told it’s “mumble rap”, and I don’t know any Arabic, so while I don’t understand the lyrics, I still thought it enjoyable to listen to.
I was delighted that Sancta Colloquia has a new episode to listen to! It is one of my favorite podcasts, and not just because I got to talk on one episode. I like to think of this new episode as a conversation between dialectical and apocalyptic theology (well, considering the theologians in dialogue, it quite literally is!) and how theology can speak to the nitty gritty. Listen: “Militant Grace”
And, one of my other frequently consumed podcasts, Faith and Capital, did an episode featuring Puerto Rico. In this episode, Chase interviews the host of Puerto Rico Forward, Andrew Mercado-Vazquez, to explore how capitalism and imperialism intersect in la isla’s colonial status. Take a listen, check out Andrew’s podcast, and if you haven’t already done so, check out the brief recommendations I gave in my seventh digest about Puerto Rico.
I finally finished The Water Dancer. I still recommend it; in fact, I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, which is something I rarely do. It is historical fiction and fantasy, and quintessential Ta-Nehisi Coates. If you’ve read any of his other works, you probably know what I’m talking about. The story is based on William and Peter Still.
Articles and miscellanea
I really resonated with this piece on language and identity: “Moses Speaks Spanglish”
Here’s a brief summary of how trauma studies are interacting with theological studies: “How Christian theology and practice are being shaped by trauma studies”
I recently won a subscription to a really cool, independent publication called Geez, from the good folks at The Magnificast. After my subscription runs out, I’ll probably donate to keep receiving the magazine because I hate fluff and magazines that are 75% advertisements.
I caved in and watched the first season of Fleabag. I honestly can’t relate to the main character at all; in fact, there is little for me to connect with in the show, but I can see how it is popular with many other folks. Fleabag has some real, human struggles and an odd, sometimes witty sense of humor.
Until next week!