James Scarbrough is our resident punk rocker/movie connoisseur/all-around eccentric. He cultivates our outstanding music and movie collections, and delights us with his unique view of the world. This Tennessee native has been here at Library since 2005, and we’re sure happy to have him. You can get to know James a little better by checking out some of his favorite items from the collection below.
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren: Political reporter Jack Burden narrates the rise of Willie Stark–cynic, populist, governor–to political power in 1930s American South.
The Tree of Life: The impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s that follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre by Current 93 (CD): English band Current 93 intended this dark, lyrical album to be regarded as one piece of music.
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy: Cornelius Suttree renounces the values held by his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat among the depraved residents on the banks of the Tennessee River.
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami: While searching for his missing wife, Japanese lawyer Toru Okada has strange experiences and meets strange characters. A woman wants phone sex, a man describes wartime torture, he finds himself at the bottom of a well. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation.
Mulholland Drive: A beautiful woman riding in a limousine along Los Angeles’ Mulholland Drive is targeted by a would-be shooter, but before he can pull the trigger, she is injured when her limo is hit by another car. The woman stumbles away from the accident and meets up with a plucky ingenue new to L.A. But are things really as they seem?
The Wire: Told from the points of view of cops and criminals alike, follows a drug investigation in Baltimore, MD.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders: A bewitching fairy tale about a young girl’s coming of age. Valerie discovers the world is not what it seems after she gets a pair of magical earrings. Her quaint little village is actually a haven for blood-sucking vampires. Her grandmother is really an evil old crone. The local farmers are lechers, and the town’s priest harbors strange desires.
Paranoid by Black Sabbath (CD): This second studio album of English heavy metal superstars Black Album includes the title track as well as perennial favorite “Iron Man.”
Twin Peaks: Follows Special Agent Dale Cooper as he investigates the death of Laura Palmer in the strange town of Twin Peaks.