What we're about

I like to read--a lot. I also like to spend time talking with interesting, congenial people about the books I read. And quite often, it is a lot of fun to pursue these conversations with a drink in hand. I'm not saying we should get plastered, but let's relax in a gracious New Orleans setting, knock back a few, and discuss books that matter. Just a note here--it should be fairly obvious but in case not--this group is for the 21 and over set. Sorry kids--your time will come.

Among the books we've read: American Gods, The Movie Goer, The Awakening, The Tragedy of Arthur, Quiet Houses, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Nine Lives,The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Goldfinch, The Sense of a an Ending, The Master and Margarita, Sacre Bleu, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Piano Tuner, The Satanic Verses, East of Eden, Await Your Reply, The Clearing, Pale Fire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Seasons of Ash, Jitterbug Perfume, Snow, Water for Elephants, Babylon Rolling, Midnight in Peking, The White Tiger, The Handmaid's Tale, The Broom of the System, The Help, Of Human Bondage, A Movable Feast, Mercy of Thin Air, Little Bee: A Novel, Cat's Cradle, The World That Made New Orleans, Tenth of December, The Last Madam, Leaving the Atocha Station, To the Lighthouse, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Ocean at the End of Lane.

PROCEDURE

1. Read a good book (chosen by vote--our tastes are literary but eclectic)
2. Meet up
3. Drink liberally (or not)
4. Talk about it

What else is there to say? We'll meet at The Columns on St. Charles Avenue once a month.

I don't care how old you are, your race, gender, religion, or whatever, but I do hope you are willing to read beyond Dan Brown, Stephen King and romance. I hope you're willing to talk intelligently about books too. I've come to enjoy reading as a collaborative process because the discussion enhances my understanding to such a great degree.

WHY?

Because you miss college ... or didn't go to college but like to read good literature and stay up late talking about it ... Because you think language and ideas are important ... Because book clubs should kick ass.

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Soul of Darkness

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Spring is springing crisply bright and clear but you, my friends, are deep-diving into a peculiar darkness. I wonder: Where would you each place yourself on the scale of ordinary to extra-ordinary? At what cost glory? Would you confess to some secret moments when resentment builds at being overlooked—lumped in with the masses? Hmmmm? Come on…afraid to go there? You’d have plenty company. Be sure the vodka’s in the freezer and don’t forget to come up for air, as you read: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866. “His first masterpiece, the novel is a psychological analysis of the poor former student Raskolnikov, whose theory that he is an extraordinary person able to take on the spiritual responsibility of using evil means to achieve humanitarian ends leads him to murder. The act produces nightmarish guilt in Raskolnikov. The story is one of the finest studies of the psychopathology of guilt written in any language. … He decides—through contradictory theories, including utilitarian morality and the belief that extraordinary people have the “right to transgress”—to murder Alyona Ivanovna, an elderly pawnbroker. Alyona’s half sister, Lizaveta, arrives while he is rifling through Alyona’s possessions, and he kills her too. … The narrative follows the twists and turns of Raskolnikov’s emotions and elaborates his struggle with his conscience and the tightening noose of suspicion...” https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/fyodor-dostoevsky/crime-and-punishment/ Regarding translations: There is the older, standard Constance Garnett version. Buy you might do better with the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsk. There are a few more recent translations-- by Michael Katz and another by Oliver Ready--that have received good reviews. New Orleans Public Library has many copies of the print, digital and audio formats. Jefferson Public Library. Jefferson Parish Library seems to have primarily the digital version with a few printed books. Gutenberg.org has free downloads and you can find low-cost copies online. As always, I plead with you DO NOT RSVP YES UNLESS YOU PLAN TO READ THE BOOK AND ATTEND! (You never know where that ax may fall.)

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Wild Bell

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