Recommendations of the Week (11/13-11/19)

Each week, the staff here at The Anchor give their recommendations on an album, book and movie to enjoy. Here are our recommendations for the week of 10/31-11/06.

Album- The Doors by The Doors

Recommended by Kacie Burns

The Doors by The Doors

The Doors was the band’s first album, released in 1967 that pioneers a new era of funk and rock. Led by Jim Morrison, the album is filled with his poetic ramblings backed up with the synthy-keyboard, guitar and drums. Many of the band’s biggest hits are from this album like “Break on Through (To The Other Side),” “Light My Fire” and “The Crystal Ship.” Between loud rock songs are melodic, meditative tracks with flowery lyrics showing that songwriting is poetry. The album touches a little bit of every genre in a way that still captures the modern listener.

 

 

Masculin Féminin by Jean-Luc Godard

Film- Masculin Féminin by Jean-Luc Godard

Recommended by Elaine Clarke

Romantic, hilarious, and at times nonsensical, Masculin Feminin is a glimpse into the life of restless young adults in 1960s Paris. When a comically naive would-be intellectual meets a charming pop star, what else would happen besides love? Godard balances ideas of the difference of the sexes with love, war, and communism, and successfully captures the senseless maturity of young adults in Paris.

 

Book- Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Recommended by Francisco Aguirre-Ghiso

Invisible Cities is a collection of short prose poems describing 55 different fictitious cities. It is framed as multiple conversations between Marco Polo and the aging emperor Kublai Khan, as Polo tells him about all the extraordinary cities he has seen. Although it can be read back to front, the joy of this novel is that each city is described in at most 3 pages, allowing the reader to simply flip to a page and enjoy an immensely in-depth description of a fantastical city. Many consider each city to be a manifestation of a specific aspect of the human experience, such as desire, memory, time, commerce, and death among other things. In a matter of 1-3 pages, Calvino is able to sculpt entire cities full of soul and depth, a feat that proves his creative prowess and groundbreaking nature. With detailed descriptions of remarkable architecture and soulful cities, Invisible Cities is a novel that can truly take its readers to other lands like no other.

 

If you want to submit your own recommendations, contact Francisco Aguirre-Ghiso at [email protected]