Quarterly Media Review (very late)

3 months and a day, I see, since last I posted. Today the spring/summer semester comes to a close. I am working from home while ex-super-typhoon Noru ( demoted last evening to a tropical storm) buckets down. For the time being we have respite from the challenging heat and humidity of the past weeks and enjoying feeling, if briefly, human again.

Following below are the media that held my attention from March through June.


  • Palace Walk, Mahfouz Naguib
  • My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
  • A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
  • World Folktales, Anita Stern
  • On The Origin of Stories, Brian Boyd
  • Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Momo, Michael Ende
  • Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle


  • Poems, New and Collected, Wislawa Szymborska
  • Map,Wislawa Szymborska
  • Selected Poems, Denise Levertov
  • A Quiet Place, Seicho Matsumoto


  • Speaking into the Air, John Durham Peters (ongoing)
  • Silence & Beauty, Makoto Fujimura (ongoing)


  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, YiYun Li
  • The Far Shore, Yoko Tawada


+ The Liturgists w/ Richard Rohr on The Cosmic Christ

+ Rachel Kohn, The Spirit of Things, (Australian Radio National), Dances of Universal Peace

+ The Why Factor, Words Matter

+ BBC World Service, The Power of The Word (Love to read)

+ The Forum, A Single World, Many Identities

+ Cultural Frontiers, The Effects of Emigration on the Writer

+ Intelligence Squared, (Carlo Rovelli, Christophe Galfard),  The Architecture of the Universe.




  • Spotlight
  • Arrival


NEW APPS (I learned Cyrillic for a laugh & am practicing Japanese)

  • Duolingo
  • Memrise







7 thoughts on “Quarterly Media Review (very late)

  1. Great lists! Am adding several of these to my to read/listen lists. I haven’t heard of any of these podcasts — excited to try them out!


    • Hope you find something to enjoy! Of those I mentioned, the one I’ve listened to most faithfully & for the longest time is The Spirit of Things. I think Rachel Kohn is a really talented interviewer. I confess I’ve not been listening much this year, oddly, nor blogging, but can vouch for the archives of TSoT.

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      • I’ve started TSoT and am loving it so far. Currently listening to the episode on being spiritually connected. It always makes me very happy to find a new podcast so thank you! I’m going to make my way through all of these, after a few more TSoT episodes 🙂

        Have you listened to On Being? Rachel Kohn reminds me of Krista Tippett quite a bit.


      • Ja, me, too. I listen to them both; both so rich in insight, and, even before that in the skill of listening well. Did you see that Rachel interviewed Krista in Oz in August? I remember enjoying Tim Ferris interviewing Krista (listened in spring when I was laid up with the flu. You might like those, too!)

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      • Krista and Rachel! I’ll definitely listen to that. I’ve listened to the Tim Ferris one — big fan of his podcast too 🙂 Please feel free to send recs any time and I will too if you like.


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