What to Read
by Jarad Johnson
and Uncle Morty
Here are the things we at Sacred Chickens thought you might want to check out this week! Jarad recommends a book revealing what it's like to have bipolar disorder, a well known novel about a, well, psycho and a movie about the importance of a free press. Morty wants you to read a book about the first world fair and one of the first recorded serial killers. Enjoy!
Manic- by Terri Cheney
What is it? Manic is a beautiful and haunting memoir of a woman who suffers from bipolar disorder. It's really the story of how she attempts to keep her life together, and how sometimes it isn't. It's also the story of someone living two lives, and sometimes perhaps two different selves. The story itself is so captivating that it will pull you completely into her world and mind, but the gorgeous writing will keep you there.
Psycho- by Robert Bloch
What is it? I think by now everyone has heard the story of Norman Bates, but if you haven't read the original text that inspired it all you definitely should. It's classic horror at its best. Even though going in, you know the story and its outcome, the novel is neither boring or cliche, a testament to the book itself.
The Post-Directed by Steven Spielberg, Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks Sarah Paulson, et al.
What is it? The Post is a historical political thriller recounting the details of the publishing of the infamous Pentagon Papers, which detailed the long-running deception by the U.S Government in regards to Vietnam. The movie shows not only that, and some pretty stellar acting, but also, and perhaps most importantly, the necessity of a free press, without whom the American Public would never have known about the cover-up. The press are an essential part of our Republic, and our leaders must allow them to function as such. This movie reminds us of that, and why it is imperative that that right not be taken for granted.
The Devil in the White City- Erik Larson
What is it? The novel combines two very different plot lines, the first being the construction of the world fair, and the second of the first known serial killer H.H Holmes. The two plots interweave to make a fascinating read, one that may make you think twice about going to your local fair.