There's no place like home -- Dorothy Gale

Many of you will be back from a visit home for Thanksgiving (the quintessential American holiday), or looking ahead to a Christmahanukwanzakah spent with loved humans, dear pets, or preferred objects.  Whether "home" is a heaven you hope to find, a prison you're glad to have escaped, or a nostalgic notion that seems to have little use in modern life, this is the meetup for you!

Which is to say that the idea of "home" is inescapable and multifaceted, almost metaphysically pervasive.  Yet, for all its ubiquity it is not ambiguous:  one is either home or one is not.  

For Socrates, [home] was literally a topic of life and death. For did not Socrates choose death as a lesser evil than exile? -- Edward H. Spence

"Home" is at home in many contexts:  literary, historical, scientific, political.  How many truly different usages can you find?  How closely can we weave them together?  Don't ignore the poetic or the metaphorical:  Plato thought the body itself was a prison; today we speak of being "at home" in our bodies.  Home, in every context, involves a subject (whose home it is), and so may supply a leverage point in the always-fascinating philosophical issue of subjectivity.

Home - is where I want to be

But I guess I'm already there

I come home -- she lifted up her wings

Guess that this must be the place -- David Byrne

For this theme, especially, we will need to stay close to the idea of home--"homeness", perhaps--since anyone could reel off dozens of phrases that involving the word home.  (Hmm....)  Trust that I will be able to keep us in the abstract.  Check out the Meeting Notes thread before (and after) we meet.  Feel free to contribute an idea or quote prior to the meeting, or bring a prop with you.  An example: eminent biologist E. O. Wilson theorizes that social creatures (ants, humans) are characterized always by nests that constitute a significant investment that holds them together.  What an excellent prop that would be!

So come down to Au Coquelet and make yourself at home.

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  • Gary J.

    I enjoyed my first meeting with the group.

    December 7, 2013

  • Chance

    Can't make it tonite, got a nasty migraine and must remain at HOME :(

    December 3, 2013

    • Jeff G

      Reminds me of The Smiths:Take me out tonight
      Where there's music and there's people
      And they're young and alive
      Driving in your car
      I never never want to go HOME
      Because I haven't got one

      December 2, 2013

  • Paul

    wish i could make it but got my own reading group thingie -- next time. nice idea! i would have loved to talk about umheimlich ;-)

    November 26, 2013

  • Jay C.

    Of course, by "home" we generally mean "asylum"
    The "loonybin", "le shock d'electric hotiel",
    But it can also mean (and you've passed by um)
    "That locus in which one's domestic affections indwell"

    But it's a quota past the company goal,
    And you've missed Christmas, on the road, downstate,
    Alone, lost, Loman on the totem pole
    In the five o'clock shadow of the Motel Eight

    Until - one last hard knock, last foot in the door -
    You get decked out for one last swank convention,
    See some friends, - aloha, boys!, shalom ! -
    Relaxed, clean-shaven, eligible for
    The gold watch and that long awaited pension,
    And feeling, for the first time
    right at home.

    Greg Williamson, from A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck,
    67 comic sonnets on death

    November 26, 2013

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