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Christmas or Humbug

From: John W.
Sent on: Sunday, December 25, 2011 5:07 PM

Merry Christmas to all!  Or, if you're so inclined - Bah, Humbug!


We will have a very lively discussion on January 12, 2012.  "An American Tragedy" inspires conversation on so many levels: legal, moral, philosophical, political, and so on.  I raced through the book and finished it December 12.  It's the first book I've re-read in over 20 years, and as always, I got so much more out of it the second time.


Readers will have varying opinions on Dreiser's writing style.  But the issues he raises will easily use up all of our 90 minutes together.  We have a lot to talk about.  HINT: be prepared to serve on jury duty....


This morning I unwrapped my new Nook Tablet given to me by my kids, ages 13 and 11.  Because of the logistics of buying the Nook, I knew a week ago that I was getting it, but as an experienced father I acted totally surprised and overjoyed.  My son, especially, was thrilled to give the Nook to me, in part because he now has another gadget to use.  As with all new technology, I will have my kids master it first, so they can teach it to their caveman father at his slow learning pace.


I'm actually excited about the Nook.  The highlighting feature allows you to go to a compiled list of all passages you've highlighted during your reading; you can then go to the exact page where a highlight is to see the context around the highlight.  That's more efficient than thumbing through printed pages to see my highlights and notes.  I am being dragged into the 21st century!


I'll post our February meeting for "Jane Eyre" this week.  I have an extra copy of "Jane Eyre", so whoever attends the January discussion has a chance to get it for free.  We can either draw a name from a hat, or members can have a single-elimination thumb-wrestling tournament, with the free book as first prize!


I look forward to a great discussion on January 12!

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