Thanks again to all those who showed up to the "Green Hills of Africa" discussion last night. I thought it was a great conversation with everyone adding something valuable.
Hard to believe we're more than halfway through 2010. The question was raised last night about what happens in 2011. My plan is to broaden the focus of the group to cover Hemingway and other Lost Generation writers and influences. Here is the tentative schedule I've come up with for next year.
January: "Three Lives" by Gertrude Stein
February: "Winesburg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson
March: "Nick Adams Stories" by Ernest Hemingway
April: "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
May: "Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
June: "The Good Soldier" by Ford Maddox Ford
July: "Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway
August: "Mr. and Mrs. Haddock Abroad" by Donald Ogden Stewart
September: "Manhattan Transfer" by John Dos Passos
October: "Tender is the Night" F. Scott Fitzgerald
November: "Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein
The Moderns began in 2010 as a book club devoted to reading Hemingway and his peers. We've since evolved into a club that chooses books from the Modern Library's list of the 100 best 20th Century English language novels. It's a great list that takes us from Sherwood Anderson to Virginia Woolf and many luminaries in between. Please join us as we discover and reread some of the best works of the modern age.
Every discussion has drawn an interesting group of people from all walks of life and all ages. We choose the books off the list with a poll each month (polls are under the "More" tab). We typically meet the last Sunday of the month at the Ukrainian East Village restaurant.
A note on the restaurant: Everyone orders something whether it's a full dinner or soup or appetizers or just a cup of tea. They have been taking great care of us for years and their service is much appreciated--and the food is good. If you RSVP "yes" but for whatever reason can't attend, please change your RSVP to "no" so we have a better headcount when we tell the restaurant how many seats to set up.