Ah, winter. It’s one of my favorite seasons but there are certainly things about it that I don’t like and this weekend was a mixture of both.
On the love side was Lowell Winterfest – one of my favorite annual events. I love just about everything about it. From the North Bowl soup competition:
The Buffalo Chicken Soup was the undisputed winner in my group.
Winterfest is a celebration of all things winter and, as a confirmed winter-phile, I love it!
I don’t, however, love the seasonal colds that always seem to come with winter and I’ve been struck with my second cold of 2009 – boo! It’s not a super-bad cold, just enough to put a damper on things. That has made the rest of this weekend pretty mellow – lots of teevee (I’m all caught upon Damages and Masterpiece), some knitting and I finished a book that I really enjoyed – Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Popular Culture by Daniel Radosh.
If you are at all interested in pop culture, I would recommend this book. Radosh, a secular Jew, spends a year exploring different facets of Christian popular culture and, along the way, has a lot of his preconceived notions about both Christians and their pop culture smashed. It’s a nuanced look at a subject that I’ll admit I don’t know much about but that I also had some pretty negative preconceived notions about (that’s changed). It’s a well written, funny, thoughtful, compassionate, fair, and interesting look at evangelicals and how they create and consume pop culture.
Now that I’ve finished Rapture Ready, I’m without a next book in the queue – boo! So I’m sending out a call for help – what should I read next?