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.


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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