Cultural Items Consumed Lately Part 2. More Questions than Answers.

August 29th, 2008 in Cultural Items I've Consumed by admin 9

Rock of Love (VH1)

You may be asking yourself, what’s a totally almost respectable Christian sports journalist doing watching VH1’s Rock of Love starring former Poison frontman Brett Michaels? I ask myself the same question, and can only answer that I watched a few episodes recently when I was sick, recovering from the flu at my parents’ house, and that I had a more than passing interest in Poison between the years 1988-1992 when I was an adolescent and also thought they rocked pretty hard. Although in retrospect there were many bands that rocked harder. That being said, the enduring question that I came away with after three episodes or so, is why do over ten skankily-attractive mostly blonde young women still care about being around Brett Michaels? And does removing the barrier of television or the stage for them (the girls), make Michaels infinitely less interesting…ie, do they still care about being around him after quote unquote doing life with him for the duration of the show, and finding out that he’s not all that cool and celebrity-ish anymore?

The Shack – a book by William P. Young

There mustbe a small part of me, deep down, that loves getting abusedin the blogospherebecause despite my best efforts to be trite and banal on here (see also: Rock of Love, VH1)I sometimes end up writing about things that really make people mad (see: the entire country of Jamaica a few weeks ago, or residents of the Purple State of Mind). Which brings me to The Shack – a self-published Christian book that is just going bananas in terms of sales/popularity/buzz. Nearly everywhere I go, besides the gym, football practice, and the grocery store, people ask ‘What did you think of The Shack?’” Previously, my answer was, “I don’t think of The Shack,” because I really hadn’t. And I still wouldn’t call it “my kind of book,” other than feeling like I should be halfway familiar with it.

Disclaimer #1: I haven’t read the whole thing, and probably won’t because I’m currently reading another novel that I like a lot better (Infinite Jest, which just showed up on Things White People Like which of course makes me lame). I’ve onlyread the foreword, the epilogue, and the underlined passages of TS, underlined by a pastor/theologian friend whose opinion I really like/respect.

Disclaimer #2: Because of disclaimer number 1, I’ll refrain from making any final judgements about the book other than to ask a few questions: Why do Christians always seem to fall head-over-heels for totally average fiction (see also: The Left Behind Series)? And, what is it about this book that’s touching a chord with people – is it the whole ‘at least the world is thinking about spiritual things because of this book and that’s better than nothing’ phenomenon? Is it the fact that they somehow like William P. Young’s idea of God better than the real God as revealed in scripture? Should I finish reading it? And finally, is any of it real or sort of real, or sort of based on something real as one who has read the foreword, epilogue, and some underlining may be led to believe?

Disclaimer #3: Yes, I am a littleenvious of William P. Young’s sales figures.Envy is bad.

These aren’t rhetorical questions just intended for snark value…if I still have any readers, I’d love to know what you think about this…