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Why Read Classic Novels? - Here is a superb essay from a Northwestern University professor that explains, in approachable language, the value of reading great literature.  We need many more professors like Mr. Morson to rescue higher education from all the politically correct a John W. Jul 2, 2015 1:42 PM
Purging Our Member List - Since I took over as organizer of this group about four years ago, I've been happy to pay the semi-yearly dues that Meetup charges.  However, the dues have recently increased for groups with 40+ members.  Over the next week, I'm going to delete membe John W. Jun 2, 2015 1:11 PM
RE: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] "Portrait" Rescheduling - Same location - Brookdale library. We look forward to John W. Apr 17, 2015 4:03 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] "Portrait" Rescheduling - I'm new in the area and plan to attend. Will the location change? Sent from my iPhone On Apr 13, 2015, at 1:16 PM, John Webste Joyce T. Apr 13, 2015 2:01 PM
"Portrait" Rescheduling - Quick reminder: I have re-scheduled our discussion of The Portrait of A Lady to May 7, 2015, so that John W. Apr 13, 2015 1:16 PM
RE: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Portrait in May? - I'm 75% through Surprisingly, Nancy D. Apr 10, 2015 2:09 PM
Portrait in May? - I'm about 35% into The Portrait Of A Lady and I'm finding it somewhat slow-going.  I suspect other members are experiencing the same thing, and that for many of us finishing by our April 30 discussion date will be a challenge. I'd John W. Apr 10, 2015 11:46 AM
$3.00 Anna - A local bookstore has offered our group up to four copies of Anna Karenina for $3.00 each. The paperbacks are in like-new condition, with the translation being the highly acclaimed Pevear/Volokhonsky version. We will be reading this bo John W. Feb 7, 2015 10:14 AM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Nostromo discussion cancelled - A challenging read to say the least but for those who have the time, I would encourage you to persevere. The last 50 pages are worth the effo Nancy D. Aug 27, 2014 8:51 PM
Nostromo discussion cancelled - We will not have enough members attending for a meaningful discussion, so I have cancelled the August 28 discussion of Nostromo. My apologies to the group for this situation.  We had not read anything by Joseph Conrad, so I chose the John W. Aug 27, 2014 7:20 PM
Nostromo - May Cancel Meeting - A message to our members: Almost all of our most regular members have RSVPed that they will not be attending the discussion this Thursday, August 28.  Most everyone reg John W. Aug 26, 2014 8:51 PM
Change of Book selection - Several members responded to my email from yesterday.  Everyone has struggled mightily with Our Mutual Friend , and everyone wants to abandon it.  I feel likewise.  I have therefore changed our selection for July 31 to Mrs. Dalloway John W. Jul 13, 2014 10:12 AM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Our Mutual Friend - Should We Meet? - Dear John, Please remember, "You can't judge a book by its cover."  How were you to know that Our Mutual Friend didn't live up to Great Expectations?  I am very glad Valeska Jul 12, 2014 8:16 PM
RE: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Our Mutual Friend - Should We Meet? - I've tackled about half of it but would not be disappointed Nancy D. Jul 12, 2014 8:08 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Our Mutual Friend - Should We Meet? - I downloaded the book to Kindle, but haven't started it yet. I have no problem with a change. Ed Jul 12, 2014 1:58 PM
Our Mutual Friend - Should We Meet? - Today we had three people change their RSVPs to "not going" for our July 31 discussion of Our Mutual Friend .  One of our most regular members said that she just couldn't get into this book.  I suspect there will be many other members who wil John W. Jul 12, 2014 1:51 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Happy New (Reading) Year! - Hi all, I hope the cold weather has provided you some time to read some Russian Literature.  I heard about this on MPR today - a book of essays about 50 books you should reread from high school.  It sounded li Valeska Jan 7, 2014 11:09 PM
Happy New (Reading) Year! - For everyone planning to attend our discussion of The Brothers Karamazov , we may change our meeting place to Room C at the Brookdale library.  We currently have 19 RSVPs for that meeting, and 2-3 additional members usually show up.  The Cree John W. Dec 31, 2013 4:11 PM
Modern and Sensitive - Having recently finished our two existentialist novels for our October meeting, I'm not sure whether I really exist or if the guy in the mirror is just a mirage!  Our discussion should prove to be quite philosophical. Our group has read two co John W. Oct 3, 2013 8:27 AM
Why We Read Classic Novels - Here's a fascinating clip from a New York Times article in March, 2012, on the value of reading great literature: "The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in John W. Jun 8, 2013 8:35 PM
Room Change - A quick update: we will discuss Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn tomorrow, March 28, in the Creekside Room , rather than Room C. John W. Mar 27, 2013 10:04 AM
No April Meeting - Because of room scheduling problems, we will not meet in April, 2013.  We will use this additional reading time for a longer and exceptionally written work by George Eliot - Middlemarch. Going forward, we will most likely meet in the John W. Mar 10, 2013 8:22 AM
Emma, Tom, and Huck - For members planning to attend our discussion of Emma on February 28, we will meet in the Creekside Room rather than the usual Room C.  Another group reserved the room before a public group like ours was allowed to e John W. Feb 15, 2013 8:43 PM
Dostoevsky & Sandy Hook Elementary School - Here's thought-provoking writing for our members (see link below):   Last summer, we read two great Dostoevsky novels: Notes From Underground and Crime and Punishment.  Yesterday's New York Times published an op-ed John W. Dec 17, 2012 3:46 PM
War and Anna - A quick notification about subjects that may interest our members:   Our next discussion is Jan. 31, 2013, about "War and Peace", written by the great Tolstoy.  His other famous novel "Anna Karenina" has been made into a new movie tha John W. Nov 29, 2012 10:37 AM
War and Emma - Happy Halloween! We have scheduled our first two books for 2013: War and Peace in January, and Emma in February. Many serious readers are scared off from War and Peace.   That title is a buzzphrase for a John W. Oct 30, 2012 3:05 PM
Twin Cities Book Festival - FYI: the Twin Cities Book Festival is being held today at the state fairgrounds in St. Paul.  This is the largest literary event in Minnesota every year.  There are many authors and exhibitors to stimulate the interest of serious readers.  I plan to John W. Oct 13, 2012 7:24 AM
Crime and War - Our recent discussion of Crime and Punishment was outstanding.  Our members obviously read the book closely and came well-prepared for serious analysis. To prepare our discussion questions, I highlight numerous passages and make notes John W. Aug 7, 2012 11:44 AM
We're On! - The updated weather forecast says that the rain has passed out of our area.  The discussion is on!  I hope that I'm not sitting by myself tonight.   John   John W. Jun 14, 2012 5:24 PM
June 14 Meeting - This message is for anyone planning to attend tonight's discussion of "Notes From Underground."   The weather tonight might force us to postpone this meeting.  There is a good possibility of strong thunderstorms with hail and high win John W. Jun 14, 2012 1:21 PM
July 26 It Is - Everyone who responded to my request about dates for "Crime and Punishment" said that they can attend on July 26, so we'll stay with that date. Our discussion for "Of Human Bondage" went very well, and it was the group consensus that Maugham wa John W. May 28, 2012 8:37 PM
The Russians Are Coming & Need Responses - We should have a great discussion next Thursday for "Of Human Bondage."  There are so many topics to delve into: religion, coming of age, relationships, meaning of life...  I have 36 possible discussion questions so far, so we may have to gather in t John W. May 18, 2012 12:49 PM
Jane and Tom - Greetings All, We look to have our highest turnout in club history for "Jane Eyre" next week. For those members coming to that discussion and also the March meeting, I have a great offer. I have two extra copies of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" that I bought at Ha John W. Feb 7, 2012 11:38 AM
Club Odds and Ends - Greetings, We finally have snow on the ground, so we can justify sitting in a warm, cozy chair reading our classic novels! We had an excellent discussion of "An American Tragedy" on January 12; we could have used more time John W. Jan 25, 2012 12:04 PM
Settings have changed for The Classics Book Club of the North Metro - John Webster, the Organizer of 'The Classics Book Club of the North Metro' Meetup Group has changed the settings for the group. Members can add Meetups, but can only be announced by an Organizer. Post a Meetup at John W. Jan 9, 2012 9:30 PM
Christmas or Humbug - Merry Christmas to all! Or, if you're so inclined - Bah, Humbug! We will have a very lively discussion on January 12, 2012. "An American Tragedy" inspires conversation on so many levels: legal, moral, philosophical, p John W. Dec 25, 2011 5:07 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Nonfiction Classics - I have no objection to reading other nonfictional novels, especially historical.  My problem of attending meetings have been the time of the meetings.  I find it difficult driving at night and 7:00 PM during Fall and Winter is dark.  I read the suggested Marie H. Dec 8, 2011 8:10 AM
Nonfiction Classics - A valued group member has suggested reading "Eichmann in Jerusalem" and three members have expressed interest in doing that. Since our group was founded, the consensus of our members has been that we will limit our reading select John W. Dec 7, 2011 10:49 AM
Future Books - We look to have the best attendance ever for our meeting this Thursday, Nov. 17! I was worried that our group was withering away, but we have several new people coming, as well as many of our regulars. "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" should John W. Nov 13, 2011 7:47 PM
October Meeting - I reserved a room at the Brookdale library for October 20, but a committee affiliated with the DFL bumped us; we'll meet on October 27, instead. Going forward, we'll try to stick to the third Thursday of each month. The October book l John W. Sep 26, 2011 12:58 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Monthly Meetings - Dear John, I haven't even had a chance to attend 1 of your meetings since I joined, and now I'm sorry to say, I have to resign from your organization. In a couple of weeks,  I'm moving to green bay wisconsin.  Wish you all the b user 1. Aug 14, 2011 8:03 PM
Monthly Meetings - Our meetings will usually be held the third Thursday of each month. Occasionally we may need to change the date to the fourth Thursday of the month. Our August meeting is this Thursday, the 18th, at the Brookdale library branch. &nb John W. Aug 14, 2011 7:56 PM
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Pam added a post - FYI upcoming books: Sept 16 Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellows Oct 21 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee user 1. Aug 20, 2010 12:44 PM
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Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post - Pat O. Aug 1, 2010 8:41 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post - Pat O. Aug 1, 2010 8:37 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Pat O. Aug 1, 2010 8:28 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post - Hi Everyone, I am also trying to learn this message system and have been finding it can be a bit frustrating but user 1. Jul 31, 2010 6:57 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post - Preview not available Alice Jul 31, 2010 6:52 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post - Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post Alice, your messages are at least getting out to everyone who agreed to mettahu Jul 31, 2010 6:14 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] Pam added a post - Hi Pam and Everyone, I'm not sure about this method of communication as it isn't clear to me that the messages are getting out but I'm going to give it a try. ? Now that I've had some time to really peruse the Alice Jul 31, 2010 4:03 PM
-Hi- - Pat O. Jul 30, 2010 3:10 PM
New Meetup: The Classics Book Club of the North Metro - Announcing a new Meetup for The Classics Book Club of the North Metro! What : The Classics Book Club of the North Metro When user 1. Jul 30, 2010 7:25 AM
Pam added a post - Hello Everyone, I am please to see the lively discourse has begun! (This is going to be a great group!). After considering all responses, we will be meeting at our originally scheduled 3rd Thursday of the month. I am up for meeting Aug. 1 user 1. Jul 30, 2010 7:08 AM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection To piggyback on the discussion between Pat and Alice, IR mettahu Jul 30, 2010 12:50 AM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Hi back, Pat, et al, I haven't read much Hemingway which is one of the reasons I'd like to. ?I ?need to expand my horizons a bit but, since I'm not nearly as well-read as you appear to be, that won't be difficult. Alice Jul 29, 2010 10:27 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Pat O. Jul 29, 2010 9:29 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Pat O. Jul 29, 2010 9:22 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Preview not available Alice Jul 28, 2010 10:27 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection Hi, Pat - Looks to me like the “Readers L mettahu Jul 28, 2010 10:05 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Pat O. Jul 28, 2010 9:56 PM
Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection - Re: [The-Classics-Book-Club-of-the­-North-Metro] meet time and book selection From Linda (mettahu): Either the 3rd Thursday or mettahu Jul 28, 2010 11:57 AM
meet time and book selection - Hello Classic Book Enthusiasts, I arbitrarily set the meet time for the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8 pm and there are a couple of people that can't make Thursday night. While it may be impossible to accomodate everyone's schedule, I w user 1. Jul 28, 2010 9:27 AM

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