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Fall break was not long enough; I think we can all agree on that. Fortunately, I managed (in between homework and eating Maryland crabs) to partake of some media goodness:
Movie: We Are Marshall
Iâ€™m a sucker for underdog sports movies: Remember the Titans, Invincible, and yes, Facing the Giants. That said, We Are Marshall is less about football than it is about tragedy, triumph, honor, and letting go. Based on the true story of the Marshall University plane crash in 1970, the film depicts the aftermath of the devastating loss that shattered the town of Huntington, West Virginia. Matthew McConaughey plays Jack Lengyel, the ever so slightly eccentric yet charismatic head coach who comes to Marshall to help the town begin to pick up the fragments of their former lives. Matthew Fox backs him up as assistant coach Red Dawson, the only returning coach for the 1971 season. The dialogue is pure and honest, punctuated with mirthful moments that will leave you laughing even as your cheeks are still wet. Cinematographically savvy, the two hours moves at the perfect pace with class and without irrelevance. Sprinkled with footage and photos from the original team, We Are Marshall is an absolute gem.
Watch it: on a big screen with people you love, comfy pillows, lots of popcorn, and peanut M&Ms.
Book: Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
If I flirted shamelessly with The Kite Runner, then I am a love slave to A Thousand Splendid Suns. Like Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a raw and gritty story tied together with poignant writing. Suns follows the lives of two Afghani women, Laila and Mariam, whose lives inevitably become intertwined amongst the political and economic violence engulfing their world. Set almost entirely in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and civil war, neither woman escapes the atrocities unscathed. Hosseini has, once again, created a masterful work that sets meaningful characters again the backdrop of Afghanistanâ€™s history. A Thousand Splendid Suns is, quite simply, a beautiful and heartrending story. Happy ending? Not quite, but it resounds and stays with you, which I think is more important. My friend Wikipedia has informed me that Columbia Pictures has acquired movie rights, so I personally will be waiting impatiently for the next few years.
Read it: In the early morning before anyone is awake, with the sun shining into the room, sitting on a leather easy chair with a fleece blanket and hot chocolate.
Music: These Friends of Mine by Rosie Thomas
What is there to say about this? This is my â€śItâ€ť cd for the fall. Rosie’s fourth album is a sort of collaboration with Denison Witmer and Sufjan Stevens, and for a few seconds on â€śWhy Waste More Time?â€ť we get to hear a little bit of their witty banter. Accompanied by an absolutely darling jacket with whimsical drawings to match the tone of the album, These Friends of Mine need(s) to be in your cd player/laptop/ipod. Self described as inspired by springtime in New York City, it’s my humble opinion that this can and should go anywhere at anytime. Thomas’ (actually, I think I want to call her Rosie) voice has that ethereal quality that few can achieve, and it is sweetly complimented by the harmonies of Stevens and Witmer. Though my personal favorite is â€śKite Songâ€ť (in which Rosie wistfully asks, “Tie me to the end of a kite / So I can go on, I can go on with my life”), her cover of â€śThe One I Loveâ€ť should replace the original everywhere.
Listen to it: At dusk/night time when you’re driving alone in your car thinking.
Next Wednesday @ 10 pm in the Union when sheâ€™s here for B-sides!!! (Iâ€™m SO excited!)
Strength, Honor, & Love,
Thanks to everyone who came out to see Earl Greyhound on Tuesday! B-sides will be taking a break this Wednesday due to the Kite Runner program. In the meantime, here is a smattering of photos from Wednesday:
Also, the SAB website has been updated!!! Go take a look: messiah.edu/org/sab
Here are some pictures to highlight our Caribbean Beach Party/Pirate Party. We hope everyone who came out had a good time! Come meet SAB on Monday during the Opportunities Fair and see how you can get involved with activities on campus.
Enjoy the pictures! We will upload more pictures to our SAB Facebook group within a few days, so go join it!
Look at all the people at the party!
SAB just got a brand new Wii system. Here are some highlights from our night of trying it out. Be on the lookout for upcoming Wii tournament nights in the Union.
Here are highlights:
Testing it out!
John and Pete enjoying Tennis
Natalie Loves our new Wii!
We’ve been planning this for a while, and we hope every one will enjoy it! At this blog you’ll find quite a bit of stuff: from important SAB news, to discussions about different ideas for future plans, and feedback regarding our different events, b-sides, concerts, movies and more.
Thanks for stopping by, and check back often!