Night Film, Part Deux

Back by popular demand, there'll be a discussion of Night Film for anyone who wanted to attend but had to cancel on the last meeting. Or, if you were one of the brave few who made it to the first meeting but would like to revisit the book, here is your chance. Kevin has kindly offered to set up the meeting and lead the discussion. No charge for this meetup -- take your hard-earned money and invest it in food and drink.

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  • Tom R.

    A much more substantial discussion of the Night Film book from last month. It was fun and casual.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Kevin

    I had a blast! As Dawn said, great conversation about the book...and then some. Thanks for coming out everyone! I am looking forward to our next get together!

    November 24, 2013

  • Dawn

    Great conversation about the book and many other topics!

    November 23, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hey gang,
    I just reconfirmed with Manuel's that they can accommodate us BUT there is a big Dr. Who Meetup there and a UGA game that starts at 7:00. It could potentially be loud and/or raucous...I am okay with giving it a shot but wanted to run it by "all y'all" (my attempt at being Southern) to see if you would rather I try a change of venue.

    I think we are a small enough group tonight that we won't have to yell to be heard over the others in there but wanted to get input from the masses (and, yes, five people can be a "mass") :-). Come on and let me know; should we stay or should we go?

    November 23, 2013

    • Dawn

      I'm fine with sticking with Manuel's if everyone else is.

      November 23, 2013

    • Tom R.

      Me too...see above

      November 23, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Let's give it a shot. Worst case, we could walk down the street to a non sports bar. C u all there round 7

    November 23, 2013

  • Tom R.

    I signed up but my concern is that Sat at Manuel's might be tricky

    November 8, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hey Tom, I didn't mean to do a Saturday night - just looked at the calendar wrong when I asked Wayne to set it up. However, like Dorothy said, I think there will be room (I will call ahead and reserve a table). I am all for keeping it Saturday if there is enough of us interested and available. Let me know what y'all think!

      November 9, 2013

    • Tom R.

      I'm ok with Saturday. It'll be fun!

      November 9, 2013

  • Dorothy E.

    Wayne, You are right about the way she presented some in the 99% - down right ugly. But with the ones she dwelled on to any degree, she at least gave them some qualities of humaness. Not so with the 1%. As far as plot and character development, she is no Dostoevsky. She is, it seems to me, American with the flare of current American thought and characters that are around and present. Not too many heros and heroines in this book - just struggling humans that try to make the best of what they have become. From this angle - it is not my kind of book. However, again I am impressed with her poetic, clever style and writing abilities that leap me from page to page and surround her main characters with the essence of motivation and determination - and to succeed at all personal costs and obstacles. I forget and by-pass the ugly and I am shown a hero in a new and different way.

    November 9, 2013

  • Dorothy E.

    Probably not a seven, Tom. We will find a cornor table and be safe from a crowd that probably will not be there. I have been at Manuels on Saturday night with a group of about 200 for a meeting and there was still room for other walk in customers in the front room.

    November 8, 2013

  • Dorothy E.

    Thank you for setting this up. Wayne consider coming. This writer has completely captured my interest and admiration for her cleverness and writing skills. I would like to be challenged to find out where I am off the mark. I have another plus for this writer: Reading her words makes me visualize every scene as though I am watching instead of reading. She also employes stories into the story and does it well and realistically. On the negative side, some of her passer- by characters are 'ugly' in looks and spirit and she is definately into the belief of the new 'ugly American': the 1 percenter and shows no mercey or necessarily realisim in her description of them. She is young and from N.C. and probably a product from my University.

    November 8, 2013

    • Wayne

      I guess we just have divergent opinions on this one, Dorothy, and will have to agree to disagree. Overall, I didn't find her prose, or even the plot, as skilled and clever as you did. I didn't think it was outright awful, but just average. It was enough of a page-turner to keep me going, and I will make an exception to my opinion in one instance and say the sequence where Scott gets caught in the film sets at the Peak was probably as good as anything in any other thriller that I've read recently, but beyond that...it didn't quite cut it for me. I also didn't pick up on the socioeconomic perspective you did, but if you thought her depictions of the 1-percenters were mercilessly treated and unrealistic, I'd say the same for her descriptions of the 99-percenters -- IMO Ms. Pessl had eyes for Scott only --everyone else belonged in Quirk City.

      November 8, 2013

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