After Head Dude's recent touting of "Seven Seconds of Less," I feel somewhat less daring in writing the second and third edition of DudeSpin's yet-to-be-determined part series - "Better Know a Book or Movie!"
The book on my list is Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion." Dawkins' prose does a terrific job of explaining the roots and rationale of the atheist belief without the rage of Christopher Hitchens or the fanaticism of Sam Harris. After reading the book, I thought why practitioners of so many religions proselytize to save another from eternal banishment to hell, yet virtually no atheists ever "proselytize" to save another from an entire life believing in a lie (as an atheist would believe).
The movie on my list is Daniel Gordon's outstanding documentary "A State of Mind." On a surface level, Gordon profiles two North Korean gymnasts preparing for the Mass Games; but what permeates the entire movie is the Orwellian construct of contemporary North Korea society. As a person whose entire Netflix que is taken up by documentaries, "A State of Mind" is the best one I've seen in quite some time. I'd actually recommend that Undude show the film to his class if/when the class reads 1984. I wouldn't make the same suggestion for "The God Delusion" - I just don't see rural North Carolinians being ready for that book.
On that vein, I'd be interested to hear what the other Dudes and DudeSpin readers are reading/watching presently. I'm currently reading Jonothan Kozol's "The Shame of a Nation" and an uninspiring work about minor league baseball - Brett Mandel's "Minor Players, Major Dreams"