The Columns Hotel

3811 St. Charles Avenue · New Orleans, LA

How to find us

Usually in the back lounge--the library--to the left of the reception desk.

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Hurry, hurry, hurry. You’ve got one week left before you toss aside your Jazz Fest boots, muddy sling chairs and all those crumbs from your third fried soft-shell crab po-boy. That’ll be all well done, till next time.

Now focus on the book at hand and that luscious mint julep you’ve been dreaming of since last Derby Day. Find a breezy porch (I’ve got one now!) and launch yourself on the wild ride that only the great master never fails to deliver. Because, being your usual brilliant selves, you have selected:

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut,[masked] pages
“The narrator … purports to be engaged in compiling a responsibly factual account of what certain interested Americans were doing at the precise moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. ...’Cat's Cradle’ is an irreverent and often highly entertaining fantasy concerning the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists. Like the best of contemporary satire, it is work of a far more engaging and meaningful order than the melodramatic tripe which most critics seem to consider "serious." (The New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/1963/06/03/books/vonnegut-cradle.html?_r=0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iGYVUzO-dc

You can find the book in both the Jefferson and New Orleans public libraries. It is available as an ebook and for as little as a penny, plus $3.99 shipping, online.

As always, you wonderful people, I ask you to be respectful of everyone in the group. RSVP Yes only if you truly plan to read the book and attend. If, for some reason, your plans change, please change the RSVP so that another happy reader may take your place. I am starting to delete members after 3 times no-show.

And for the two-fisted readers in our crew--the June selection is Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore