Freethought Book Club

Discussing Infidel, by Ayan Hirsi Ali

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  • Peter W.

    As I indicated below, I would much rather read something else. However, if most of the group would prefer Joseph Anton, that's fine too. I will still happily attend January's meeting...I always learn so much.

    December 8, 2012

  • Martha D.

    Gah! I think I joined the Google group, but I don't know how to get to the Yahoo group. I'm already reading Joseph Anton and it's interesting, but I could switch. I think Henry wanted to read 36 Reasons. I've already read that, but wouldn't mind discussing it. I'm also in the middle of Thinking Fast & Slow. That or something related would be fine with me. Or if f we wanted older, science- fictiony stuff, what about Terry Pratchett's Small Gods? Or reading ULG's Dispossessed & Ayn Rand's Anthem (very short) at the same time? That would be especially cool if somebody could suggest a follow up book about the current science on how humans can cooperate successfully.

    December 7, 2012

    • Richard S. R.

      Um, don't hit "return" to go to a new line. I just discovered that it sends your message in whatever state of incompletion it happens to be in.

      December 7, 2012

    • Richard S. R.

      As I was saying, sign up for the Madison Freethot Book Discussion list by sending blank e-mail to [masked]. Once you're signed up, you can contact the entire group just by sending e-mail to [masked].

      December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I opened a poll on the new Yahoo group (Thanks, Richard!) about what we should do for our next group. GO ahead with Joseph Anton, or pick something else? Please vote if you have a preference!

    December 7, 2012

  • Peter W.

    To one and all in the group,

    I was reading some reviews of Joseph Anton and, considering that:

    1. it is new, and therefore expensive as it is in hardcover only (over $20),
    2. it's "new" status makes it difficult to get from the public library for those of us who want to avail ourselves free copies. There seem to be 24 library copies, but I am currently number 43 on the waiting list!)
    3. it's over 600 pages long!, and
    4. some of the reviews on Amazon (check out some of the 1 star and 3 star reviews along with the more complimentary 4 and 5 star reviews to get a balance, if you're curious) make it sound like large parts of it are comprised of Rushdie's excessive self-indulgence and name-dropping, talk of his affairs with lovers including models, etc. (How about if we read the Enquirer, instead!? :-)
    5. Also, do we really want to consecutively read two books related mainly to Islam? Surely there are others topics available.

    In general I concur...(cont. in next posting)

    December 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm OK with doing a different book. If so, we should decide on in ASAP. There's a new poll on the yahoo group about what we should do.

      December 7, 2012

  • Peter W.

    Hey Robert, Rick, missed you guys yesterday at the book club. Thought (for some reason) you'd both be there. Hope to see you next time!

    December 6, 2012

  • Peter W.

    ...if you took it to mean the opposite of what I had intended I obviously was NOT clear! Anyway, I love the group, and find your comments always insightful. I'm amazed at how well-read so many of you in the club are. (I am not.) Thanks for being a member, and here's hoping that the Nerd meetup group was as fun as the Skeptic's meetup was.

    Bye for now

    December 6, 2012

  • Peter W.

    ...with Henry (I think it was) who also seemed to think that reading older books, hence available cheaper or free at the library, would be the way to go. It's clear to me that probably everyone in the book club is more well-read than I, but surely there must be SOME older books that have yet to be perused.

    Anyway, unless I'm out of town I will be at the next meeting even if Joseph Anton is chosen, though I am thinking that I won't be reading it.

    And, for those of you who celebrate some sort of holiday season, happy un"holi" holidays. Hey, by the way, when is the Sceptics group gonna have a birthday party on either Wallace's or Darwin's birthday?

    Peace out, Peter louts


    And, for Richard...I'm sorry we had a misunderstanding last night that got us both upset. I thought I had clearly explained what I was trying to say about the "blank" slate re. the Somali women of different age groups, but...(cont. in next posting)

    December 6, 2012

  • Richard S. R.

    Anyone interested in participating in the e-mail list for the Freethot Book Discussion Group may subscribe by sending blank e-mail FROM THE ACCOUNT YOU WANT TO USE to
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    December 5, 2012

  • Peter W.

    Really looking forward to tomorrow night. See you all there.

    December 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, next month we're doing "Joseph Anton" by Salman Rushdie. Please bring other book ideas to the meeting tomorrow so we can discuss/vote on what to read after that. See you all tomorrow!

    December 4, 2012

  • Alfonso Flores V

    Unfortunately, folks, I gotta be in Minneapolis a couple days so I'll miss this. Enjoy your evening tomorrow!

    December 4, 2012

  • Peter W.

    Hey, could somebody let me know what we are reading next? I want to order it early from the library.

    Thanks, Peter

    December 4, 2012

    • Alfonso Flores V

      Guess my e-mail didn't get to you. Sorry 'bout that, Peter. Next Month: Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie.

      December 4, 2012

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