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A quick read and a casual get-together over beer and casual bites. Let's discuss the novella, Autobiography of Red – by Anne Carson (only 149 pages long). Award-winning poet reinvents a genre in a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist "A profound love story . . . sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender." --The New York Times Book Review "A deeply odd and immensely engaging book. . . . [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday." --The Village Voice We will Meetup at The P.F. Chang's, 326 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica Each attendee will keep their own bar tab. PARKING INFORMATION Self-parking is conveniently located in the 4th Street Parking Concept.
Hi Gents! Let's "Meetup" for dinner, great wine and some thoughtfully, spirited conversations after reading Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers came in #2 in our reading choice poll. The 3rd most popular choice will be assigned to our December Meetup event. REVIEW: From Dave Eggers, best-selling author of The Circle, a tour de force of dialogue and dark humor, coursing emotions and tight control. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? is the formally daring, brilliantly executed story of one man struggling to make sense of his country, seeking solutions the only way he knows how. What do you do when you’re full of questions: what happened to missions to the moon? Why spend a trillion dollars on war? Where did America go wrong? If you’re Thomas, a young man nursing migraines and a lack of direction, this calls for drastic action. To find some answers, Thomas kidnaps a NASA astronaut and brings him to an abandoned military base on the edge of the California coast. Then the questioning begins. The answers must be honest. The back and forth might even hurt. It might get uncomfortable. But eventually the truth will emerge. Dinner will be held at Birdie G's in Santa Monica. There will be a limit to sixteen dinner guests so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment. The group check will be divided evenly among all of the evening's attendees at the conclusion of the meal.
Hi Gents! Let's "Meetup" for dinner, great wine and some community building conversation after reading The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead. The Underground Railroad came in #4 in our reading choice poll. REVIEW: The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A kinetic adventure tale of the ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. Dinner will be held at Tar & Roses in Santa Monica. There will be a limit to sixteen dinner guests so please RSVP early to avoid disappointment. The group check will be divided evenly among all of the evening's attendees at the conclusion of the meal.
A quick read and a casual get-together over beer and casual bites. Let's discuss the novella, Cult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney. OVERVIEW: Kevin Maloney delivers Cult of Loretta (139 pages), like a shadowed face over campfire, a memory of destructive love, a web of relationships dysfunctional as they can get, all centered around whirlpool Loretta. “If a modern day mountain man came out of the wilderness with a story in his eye, this might be the thing he’d tell,” Brian Allen Carr says in his blurb. Loretta jumps off the page. I heard Maloney read a short story in a bar about a year ago and had a hard time separating the narrator from the writer. My impression was similar—that the story really happened, stemmed from a witty memory, that the typed page in his hand was just a prop. EDITORIAL REVIEWS: Cult of Loretta is a quick and wild ride, funny in a way that makes a campfire-listener shake his head with disbelief at the survivor. At times the story reads like a drug memoir, and there’s some raw and gross imagery I’d rather not revisit. Other than that, spend a day or two lost in Nelson’s unrelenting and tumultuous love story. Nelson’s here to tell the tale, to provide a deadpan screen for a melodramatic story about obsessive love that sticks. We will Meetup at The Rose in Venice. Each attendee will keep their own bar tab.