November 2013 Meeting

For November, let’s talk about the South; how it’s changing and/or how it remains eternally the same. We could focus on what some have called the takeover of the Republican Party by the Southern authoritarian wing of the party. But, some of those books are heavy slogging. (Maybe we need a later topic on the evolution of the hard Right.) So, instead, I’m assigning 2 insightful books on southern culture. As that culture evolves, or not, so goes the GOP and our politics with it.

As always, you need read only one. If you have to choose, I’d pick the 2nd book, but it’s hardback. The first is a hoot to read.

1. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horwitz. A 1999 instant classic about the persistence of the lost cause in southern memory. (

2. The New Minds of the South, by Tracy Thompson. 2013 Hardback. Is the region finally fundamentally changing? (

The SD city library has multiple copies. Note also that we are changing locations because Monica’s has closed. We’ll be at the Panera in Hillcrest on Saturday November 23, as Neil suggested. See you there and remember to tell a friend about this great club!

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