Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Music for Grading

Dear reader, do you remember when I used to make long posts of substance on this blog? Things like book reviews and theological ramblings? I haven't done that for a while. I'm not going to today either. But I will share some good music to listen to while grading papers, which is what I'm up to right now. You know, in case you were wondering what one ought to listen to while engaged in tasks of academic pedagogy.

Here you go:

1. Sondre Lerche, Heartbeat Radio

2. Propaganda, Excellent

3. Gillian Welch, The Harrow & The Harvest

4. The Beatles, One

5. Chris Rice, What a Heart is Beating For


Erica said…
I've got a playlist of Gillian Welch for studying music.
Rick said…
Gillian always feels like home to me. Good stuff.