Sunday, 1 January 2006

2005 highlights

Here are some of my personal highlights from the past year:

Travel highlight: visiting Calvin’s Geneva in July

Dining highlight: eating a perfect wood-fired pizza in a cosy little Italian restaurant in northern France

Movie: the Aussie film Look Both Ways

Documentary: the Martin Scorsese film about Bob Dylan, No Direction Home

Music: the release of Bob Dylan’s Live at the Gaslight 1962

Fiction: reading Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Poetry: reading Kevin Hart’s Flame Tree: Selected Poems

Theology: reading the new translations of Eberhard Busch’s The Great Passion: An Introduction to Karl Barth’s Theology and Wolf Krötke’s Sin and Nothingness in the Theology of Karl Barth.

New Testament: reading the special issue on the resurrection in the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

Old Testament: reading John Goldingay’s Old Testament Theology, Vol. 1

Autobiographies: reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles and Hans Küng’s My Struggle for Freedom

Thanks to all of you who have been reading this blog throughout 2005. I wish you a very happy New Year.

5 Comments:

steph said...

Happy New Year Ben, have fun at the beach!

Chris Tilling said...

Happy New Year to you too, Ben!

And thanks for your latest hilarious suggestions for a new name for my blog. I'm spoilt for choice ...

T.B. Vick said...

Ok, I'm jealous . . . you got to visit Geneva thia past year?

I've always wanted to travel there.
(as well as to Italy)

Steve Harris said...

I just wanted to say thanks for the Kevin Hart mention. I'm into poetry, but had not heard of him. "The Last Day," is particularly good. Perhaps I can return the favor. Here are a few I've run across in my readings:

Canaan, by Geoffrey Hill

Fire or Fire, by Roseanne Coggeshall

The Gilded Lapse of Time (or Supernatural Love -- a compilation), by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Thanks again.

kim fabricius said...

Hey Ben,

I was in Geneva when I was around twenty. I remember thinking, "Golly, my mother would love this place. It's so clean you could eat off the streets!"

Around ten years ago, a colleague who visited the city brought me back an "I Love Calvin" t-shirt - with a little red heart on it! I used to wear it proudly to synods and the like - even though it was too small. I covet another one!

My books of the year:

George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life (2003)(which I only discovered in New York last January. American Calvinists are not big in Pelagian Britain!).

A couple of collections of Herbert McCabe's essays, talks, sermons (the late McCabe was terribly lazy about publishing).

As for best novel I read, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's
Purple Hibiscus (2004).

Cheers, everyone!
Here's to another year of God's patience and grace!

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