Books and movies for hibernation-inspiration

Posted by on 12.15.08 | 13 Comments
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Awhile back my friend Carl McColman over at Anamchara: the website of unknowing posted a question on what books he would take if forced to evacuate his home…

A few nights ago my wife had a nightmare. In it there was an unspecified terrorist attack on Atlanta, and we were forced to evacuate. We only had a few minutes to decide what to take with us. She shared the dream with me the following morning, and we talked about what would be important enough to grab: Rhiannon’s meds? My laptop? Family photos? My eyes gazed over the literally thousands of books that fill our house. I wondered, which books would I take? Click here to read the entire post and the comments following.

Carl makes his living by writing, editing, selling books. So he has a few million around. He came up with quite a list, and then asked his readers to do the same. We did, and it was a lot of fun and some good soul-searching.

I’m convinced that the human species needs to hibernate at least a little bit. We need the incubation time–the down time where our minds are slower and therefore more fertile. I know that my body needs this–I’m finding myself wanting to sleep more and later, nap more, dream deeper.

Nothing so dramatic as Carl’s permanent evacuation scenario, but on this snowy, icy day in Central Oregon, with forecast of no temperature above 20 F for the next few days, I thought it would be fun to ask the readers…if you were snowed/iced in for a week, what books AND movies would you want to have available for snuggling/mini-hibernation? You can list as many as you’d like, but at least 3 of each, please!

Here’s my list:


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski I’m currently reading it and it’s a great read–recommended by several friends.

Perelandra by C.S. Lewis I’ve been meaning to re-read this for 30+ years, since college and I think it would be somehow more meaningful now than then…

Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read this seminal work by possibly the greatest theologian of our times–it’s about time!


Shawshank Redemption So I can see it again for the 100th time. I love this movie’s depth of understanding of the human psyche. And..the movie is graphic about what it takes to gain our freedom–sometimes we have to crawl through a tunnel of ‘chit’…but it’s just excrement, you know?

Some Kurasawa movie–maybe The Sea is Watching or The Shadow Warrior His images are stunning and the movies are dreamlike.

And a documentary of some sort like ‘When we left earth–the NASA missions’

Ok, your turn…what books and movies would you want to have with you for a snuggle in/hibernate time?

Popcorn, hot chocolate and some good liqueurs are prerequisite of course.

And…I’m dreaming of being snowed in…doesn’t it sound enticing?

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