Second time's a charm as we settle in for the second month in a row in beautiful Washington Square Park. Theme-wise, I am suggesting we honor the memory of a man who was born on September 8th in 1925, Peter Sellers.
Bring a reading that is somehow inspired by this comedic, dare I say, genius. Don't feel too constrained by this suggestion--as has been the custom of our group, chosen readings may be many, many, many degrees of separation away from the day's theme, so the possibilities are pretty much limitless and need not be comedic. A quick inventory of just a few of his films and roles will illustrate this: "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb" may beget: Kissinger, the Cold War, politics, Terry Southern, etc. "Lolita" could sire Nabokov, obsession, Russian authors, or even cross-country road trips. Inspector Clousseau of the "Pink Panther" series, obviously, all things French, detective stories, and such. And then there's Chauncey Gardiner of "Being There" fame (gardening? presidential advisors? television? Jerzy Kosinski? Postmodern fiction?).
If you need further inspiration, a quick visit to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sellers can provide other reading-relatable details of the man, his life, and his work. Or perhaps this clip of Sellers reciting the Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" in the style of Sir Laurence Olivier in the role of Richard the III [http://youtu.be/xLongUBPm5Y] may even inspire something Shakespearian.
Of course, you are encouraged to bring along edible tidbits and/or beverages to share, along with a blanket, perhaps, and a folding chair or other such sitting/reclining aide that could do your muscles and bones a good service.
We also ask you to bring along $2 to add to Edward's European Vacation Fund (just kidding--it's to offset the organizer's obligatory tithe to the MeetUp organization [though maybe any leftover profits could fund a not-quite-all-expenses-paid holiday in Daly City]).