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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Southern Blaze

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Okay to exhale? Not certain but hope so? How many anxieties and tensions-held-in-check can any single soul sustain with any semblance of grace or fortitude? More difficult to gauge the capacity of our nation’s divided soul to muster the courage and wisdom to bridge the chasms of well-founded distrust and hurt. I expect that you, my dears, join me in hoping there may someday be a slightly less broken, less imperfect union. Until that day, we do well to probe the weaknesses and twists that cleave those faults. As we close out his year, let's pursue that inquiry, bourbon whiskey (or Fireball?) at the ready, with: LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner, 1932. 500 pages “...draws all of Faulkner’s familiar preoccupations—determinism vs. free will, the partially Reconstructed South, religiosity, the draw of female sexuality, and the power of the living past—around one overriding, ineradicably American concern: race.” “...self-contained and provides a total picture of Jefferson’s social and physical geography, with its boarding houses and decaying mansions, its jail and its courthouse square, its Black neighborhoods and white ones too. The novel’s three separate plots are as intricately dovetailed as anything in Dickens, but Faulkner fills it with a series of unVictorian skips in time, and we’re a hundred pages in before we realize who its main character will be. That’s the hard-faced bootlegger Joe Christmas, a man who may—or may not—have some Black ancestry.” (The Daily Beast) “Faulkner eventually draws all of these characters into the drama surrounding Joe Christmas, which accelerates to a harrowing climax. Illuminating two grim legacies in American history—fanatical Calvinism and fanatical race hatred—Light in August is a mesmerizing journey into the nightmare of race, religion, and violence in the national psyche. (From the publisher.) https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/library/books/072098faulkner-august.html https://www.thedailybeast.com/ce-morgan-light-in-august-is-faulkners-great-american-novel https://www.thedailybeast.com/you-need-to-read-faulkner-right-now-but-you-might-need-a-map There are low-cost book options online, as well as the audio and e-versions. I bet you may also find used copies here in town. New Orleans Library has all three formats, but Jefferson Parish library appears to have just the books. There are “corrected” and “international” versions out there; I cannot say how these differ from the standard texts. I would guess you can read whichever comes to hand. Please RSVP yes only if you plan to read the book and participate! Zoom registration (yes... still that) info will reach you a few days in advance of our meetup. Wish you all peaceful, safe Thanksgiving celebrations, whether you celebrate at a crowded table or toasting one another through the ether. There is enough love to go around.

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