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Read a Classic

Read anything that is considered "a classic" in literature. No other qualifiers, just something considered a classic.

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  • Mary

    Thanks for posting this Betsy. It was a blast! :-)

    March 26, 2013

  • Betsy

    Hey, Mary, you made the paper!!! For those who were at Sunday's meetup, Mary told us about attending the post office rally prior to coming to book club and here's proof that she was there!! Mary is right of center, to the left of the woman in the white hat!! You go, girl!!

    http://www.gazette.net/article/20130325/NEWS/130329404/1022/letter-carriers-supporters-rally-in-gaithersburg-to-keep-saturday&template=gazette

    March 26, 2013

  • Betsy

    If you have Comcast cable, you can find The Origins of Oz in the On Demand section of the Smithsonian Channel. It's a very good documentary. You can also find it at http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=137669

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Jill V.

      Enjoyed that, but it seemed a strange choice to have Natalie Merchant (from 10,000 Maniacs) narrating and being interviewed. Thought maybe she had something to do with producing it, but didn't see that. Anyone know what the connection is?

      March 25, 2013

    • Betsy

      Good question. I just did some searches and couldn't find any specific connection. In one article, she talks about her love of American folk music of all kinds and says she has an old victrola in her house with an original record of The Wizard of Oz that she played for her kids. Maybe it was just a personal love and she knew the right people...

      March 25, 2013

  • Betsy

    Interesting article...and since we were just talking about Scott and Zelda yesterday... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323393304578362314070442492.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_LeadStoryNA#slide/1

    March 25, 2013

    • Mary

      This makes me definitely want to read some more of his books and probably some of the new ones about her when they come out. Thanks for the info :-)

      March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Betsy, when you get the knitting needles volume, please let me know which one it is. Thanks.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic follow up Jill! I especially love the knitting needle statement! Hoot!

    March 24, 2013

    • Jill V.

      I included that part just for you and Kunni!

      March 24, 2013

  • Jill V.

    I did some follow-up on L. Frank Baum. Okay, it was just Wikipedia, but at least I'm not relying only on Facebook for my facts! Baum wrote Wizard of Oz in 1900 (when he was 44), but he was writing plays, newspaper articles, children's poetry, etc much earlier than that. In Dec 1890, he wrote an editorial calling for the extermination of all Indians, and repeated his publication of that again in January, right after the Wounded Knee Massacre. Some later biographers have claimed that his call for genocide was really sarcasm and an over-the-top ploy to engender sympathy for the Indians. Here's another gem to consider: he was Secretary of the local Women's Suffrage Club, and was friends with Susan B. Anthony. In one of his Oz books, he has a coup of women using Knitting Needles (!) to overthrow a tyrannical ruler.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Irene R S.

    I will be there.

    March 18, 2013

  • Jill V.

    Delighted that the date is back to 3/24. See you soon!

    March 17, 2013

  • Betsy

    You are all correct!!! The meetup was for the 24th and still is! Not sure how it happened, but in a veil of confusion, I was convinced that it was the 17th. Sorry for the mess up...please re-RSVP for the 24th if you can make it and I hope to see you all then for Read a Classic!!!! Happy St. Pat's Day!!

    March 17, 2013

  • Irene R S.

    Now that I remember I also had 3/24 down.......now I see why I have conflict tomorrow.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jill V.

    Right, I was sure we had said our meeting was not St. Pat's Day.

    March 16, 2013

  • Mary

    I thought we were meeting next weekend.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jill V.

    OMG - are we meeting tomorrow? I'm not sure I can make it either...!

    March 16, 2013

  • Betsy

    Sorry to miss tomorrow...I'd like to suggest Vonnegut for April (all read same author). Have fun!!

    March 16, 2013

  • Irene R S.

    Sorry have to see a friend dance.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reading Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.....enjoying it more than expected!

    March 14, 2013

  • Jill V.

    Reading Dante's Inferno. It's scaring the hell outta me!

    March 12, 2013

  • Irene R S.

    Would love to see others' choices posted as they pick...

    February 19, 2013

    • Betsy

      I'm curious why you want to see them...I love the surprise of hearing about the books when we get together. Either way is good!

      February 19, 2013

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