Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Perelandra = love

Listening to: "Lille" by Lisa Hannigan

"The cord of longing which drew him to the invisible isle seemed to him at that moment to have been fastened long, long before his coming to Perelandra, long before the earliest times that memory could recover in his childhood, before birth, before the birth of man himself, before the origins of time. It was sharp, sweet, wild, and holy, all in one..." - Perelandra, Chapter 8

I'm loving the second book in Lewis' Space Trilogy.

I love how a parallel is drawn between Perelandra and the Garden of Eden.

I love how, in Perelandra, all pleasures are good and holy - and how, because of this, Ransom realizes that the goodness would be ruined if he were to impulsively repeat said pleasures. It's like Lewis' going Theology of the Body on us!

I love the blatantly Marian portrayal of the Lady - in fact, it took me while to realize that she's an Eve-character, and not a Mary-character.

I LOVE his portrayal of Satan. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. It feels weird saying that, but yeah - I mean, it sends shivers down my spine, which is why I love it. You get the feeling that Lewis was a man who had an incredible understanding of the Truth, and he was not afraid to communicate it very clearly through his art.

I love his ongoing commentary on holy longing. I say ongoing because this is something that pervades all of his works, and which you won't come across to such an extent in any other author's works. Seriously. I have no words. Just love.

Works cited in this post: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength . C. S. Lewis. Quality Paperback Bookclub (New York): 1997. 724 pages.

Adventures in indie dreamland

I'm beginning to realize that my favorite side of indie music is the sweet, ethereal, dreamy side. Here are a few of my favorite pieces by artists I've discovered lately.

From the Icelandic group Seabear:

From múm, another Icelandic group. I gotta say, I love watching these guys perform live. They seem so full of joy.

Finally, here's a little something from the a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e trio from Michigan known as Breathe Owl Breathe (and yes, they are wearing capes):

Enjoy :)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Some loveliness from Neil Gaiman

Currently listening to: "Kaleidescope" by Shona Mooney

Now, I've never actually read anything by Neil Gaiman, but I'm familiar with some of his works and I have several friends who are big fans. A while ago, I stumbled across this: a book trailer (I'd never heard of those before; what a genius idea!) that Gaiman had released in order to promote his new book, Instructions. This little video alone is magical enough - I can't imagine what the book would be like! I'm going to have nab myself a copy sometime during the summer...

Also, check out an earlier trailer for Gaiman's Blueberry Girl - it's equally delightful!