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April Meeting of Metro Atlanta Geeks Book Club to Discuss Mary Roach's Stiff

  • Apr 10, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Please comment whether you are coming to dinner and/or the discussion when you RSVP.

Dinner at Six Feet Under at 6pm. 437 Memorial Drive, Atlanta 30312

Weather permitting, we'll rendezvous at Oakland Cemetery at 7:30 for Book Club discussion. Meet near the gate across from Six Feet Under.

Can't make dinner - bring takeout to the park. I'm envisioning blankets on the lawn.

If weather is bad, we'll move Book Club discussion to Octane Coffee, just behind Six Feet Under.

Reminders for tonight.
1. Meet for dinner at Six Feet Under at 6PM.  http://sixfeetunderatlanta.com/   437 Memorial Drive S.E. Atlanta, GA 30312
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2. We'll leave the restaurant and proceed for the 7:30PM book discussion at Oakland Cemetery.
3.  We will go to the gate across from restaurant. Go thru it and walk out to the middle, then hang a right to the Confederacy Section (around Lion Square). Map here: http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/character-areas.pdf 
4. Bring a blanket, beach towel, folding chair or something to sit on if you'd like.
5. Book poll for May's meeting is here.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman currently leads. https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/104491-metro-atlanta-geeks?type=group
Look forward to seeing you there!


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  • Johnny L.

    Great food, lovely location and interesting discussion. Good times!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to start attending at the beginning if a book

    April 10, 2014

    • Johnny L.

      Our next book - for May will be "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Look for a new meetup to be posted soon.

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting everyone & making up horror movies on the fly :) See you next month!

    3 · April 10, 2014

    • Johnny L.

      Ditto! And thanks for joining us.

      April 10, 2014

  • Rachel M.

    Had a great time everyone!!! It was a lovely gathering! I wonder who will dream about the ghost car tonight? ;)

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Johnny L.

      Absolutely! And let's hope the ghost car stays away. :-)

      April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry i can't come

    April 10, 2014

  • Johnny L.

    We were late being seated. Huge crowd. We are near the bar at Six Feet Under. The book discussion will be delayed a bit.

    April 10, 2014

    • Leonardo N.

      Damn. Could have made it. It us what it is.

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Randy Keeling J.

    Thursday night traffic.... we may just be getting dinner to go :-)

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Johnny L.

    With AJ at bar. Once we have most of party we can be seated.

    April 10, 2014

  • Leonardo N.

    So my day changed and I won't make it. I was really looking forward to this.

    April 10, 2014

    • Leonardo N.

      I'm at Jonesboro. I might be late. Still trying to make it man.

      1 · April 10, 2014

    • Leonardo N.

      Looks like a 30 minute drivd. If I male it it will be 630 and I'll hold you guys up too much. Sorry. Have fun guys

      April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll just be there for the discussion. Now just to be clear will we be talking about the whole book or just the first couple of chapters?

    April 10, 2014

  • Amy

    Greetings! Here are some questions for tonight: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS from WW Norton

    In her introduction to Stiff, Mary Roach remarks that "death makes us helplessly polite." Why is it that we're compelled to use polite language when discussing death? Why are we often afraid to discuss it in the way Roach has done here?

    Roach discovered that students in anatomy classes tend not to enjoy touching and smelling cadavers, even though they relish the opportunity to study them. Does this surprise you? Why might someone want to work with cadavers?

    Could one remain more psychologically and emotionally balanced in their dealings with cadavers by humanizing them, as Roach frequently does, or by objectifying them? Explain.

    Roach describes the smell of a decomposing human: "It is dense and cloying, sweet but not flower-sweet. Halfway between rotting fruit and rotting meat." But modern embalming methods allow us to present odorless, good-looking corpses at funerals. Has modern mortuary science made death more aest

    2 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dinner & Discussion

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Justin S.

      This is your first meetup with us, right?

      April 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It would have been, but unfortunately I have to cancel. One of these days...

      April 10, 2014

  • Johnny L.

    Reminders for tonight.

    1. Meet for dinner at Six Feet Under at 6PM. 2. We'll leave the restaurant and proceed for the 7:30PM book discussion at Oakland Cemetery.

    3. We will go to the gate across from restaurant. Go thru it and walk out to the middle, then hang a right to the Confederacy Section (around Lion Square). Map here: http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/character-areas.pdf 4. Bring a blanket, beach towel, folding chair or something to sit on if you'd like.

    5. Book poll for May's meeting is here. American Gods by Neil Gaiman currently leads. https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/104491-metro-atlanta-geeks?type=group

    Look forward to seeing you there!

    April 10, 2014

  • Leonardo N.

    Haven't read the book I just want to meet the team and start getting involved. I'm going to try to make it to the dinner.

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Johnny L.

      Look forward to meeting you!

      April 10, 2014

    • Justin S.

      Looking forward to it!

      April 10, 2014

  • AJ

    Dinner and discussion!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot make it. I will try next time.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dinner & discussion.

    2 · April 8, 2014

  • Justin S.

    I don't see my original RSVP so I'll say dinner and discussion--see y'all on Thursday!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Nicole

    I'll join for dinner!

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Nicole

      Sorry! Doesn't look like I'll be able to make it after all. Great book though!

      April 8, 2014

  • Kelly

    Is there parking nearby Six Feet Under? I've been to Oakland but don't recall seeing a lot of parking nearby.

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Amy

      There is parking behind the restaurant and a lot near the main entrance to Oakland.

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • Randy Keeling J.

    C and I will be there for dinner and discussion... assuming traffic is kind to us.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll just be there for the discussion. Now just to be clear will we be talking about the whole book or just the first couple of chapters?

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Johnny L.

    Dinner and discussion.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Rachel M.

    I'm in for the dinner & discussion! :)

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming to dinner.

    2 · March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, who wants a former funeral director to join this discussion? :D

    March 11, 2014

    • Amy

      We would have loved your insights. Hope to see you next time

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers?

    1 · March 11, 2014

    • Amy

      Yes Terri

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    whoops sorry! I've already got plans that night!

    March 11, 2014

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