For the uninitiated in our mashups...we jam and riff on different stories (all in the same session) and get to play with themes and characters and formats more freely than if we were reading a single one. Often this "disorderly" method seems to heighten our aftertaste of each piece.
So, consider two brand new pieces as raw material for our literary play.
Zadie Smith's "Sweet Charity" is a personal essay on what happens when a childhood friend turns to her, now a successful author, for money.
"Outside of a dog, a book is woman's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."— Groucho Marx
“I read to be taken out of myself, to become ecstatic.” —Henry Miller
I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who gave many a classic book a pass while growing up. Yet our teachers were right: there is a literary currency these works offer. Did they mention untold pleasure? My favorite reason for reading and re-reading classics is this: "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." (Thank you, Italo Calvino.)
This book club is your chance to sit down and finally read Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Pride and Prejudice, and also those somewhat forgotten classics or recent works of similar resonance. The books can span any time period or place, and our reading list is forever growing and expanding based on your suggestions.
For a list of books we have read, and books we wish to read, please visit here.