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New Orleans, LA

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June 2, 2012

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Please tell us your favorite genre, author, beverage or tell us all three.

I have a perpetual soft spot for the Lost Generation authors. Even though I tend not to love poetry in general and am no fan of fanatical religiosity and am certainly appalled by anti-Semitism, I am nevertheless captivated by some of the poetry of T.S. Eliot and even memorized "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I try to read a minimum of 50 books a year and vary widely between fiction and nonfiction, substance and fluff, lyrical and prosaic. Probably my favorite sort of book is fiction that is more character-based than plot-based and that, while obviously prose, nevertheless attends to the nuance and style and melodious glory of words with the same sort of precision as a poet. As for beverages, I have two very favorite (and opposite -- one tart, one sweet) drinks: margaritas (rocks, no salt) and, oddly, Harvey Wallbangers, which are probably my ultimate favorite. Not a lot of people drink them or even know what they are, but they're just screwdrivers with Galliano in them.

In your opinion, what does a book group discussion add to your enjoyment of the reading experience?

I suppose it's clear from my present and former professions that I have a great love for the written word; unfortunately, my current work is dry and technical and stultifyingly boring, and I need to indulge in the creative beauty of words as counterbalance. Although reading and writing are both initially solitary pursuits, I find they are both enhanced greatly with the presence and feedback and perspectives of others. To get that outside perspective from others regarding writing, I enrolled at UNO a couple of years ago to work on a second, just-for-fun master's degree, an MFA in creative writing. And now I'd like to engage with other readers as well. It's great to share the experience of words and stories and ideas with others, and I also know that being in a club will lead me to read books I might not otherwise pick up, which is always enriching.

If your Meetup "location" is NOT in the New Orleans area, please explain why you want to join our group. Thanks.

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I'm Michelle, an erstwhile English teacher and current editor. I've been rolling the idea around of joining a book club and love that this one seems to be reflective of NOLA's inimitable style -- depth and grace amidst a little laidback debauchery.

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