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Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
• What we'll do Okay so it's a book by a poet about being a poet in a foreign country, but apparently it's really creative and interesting! Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station meditates on what artists are really up to when they're trying to work. From Goodreads: "Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences are mediated by language, technology, medication, and the arts? Is poetry an essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader's projections? Instead of following the dictates of his fellowship, Adam’s "research" becomes a meditation on the possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships with the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witness to the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, does he participate in historic events or merely watch them pass him by?" • What to bring Bringing the book is recommended but not necessary. You don't need to finish the book to club, nor do you need to like it. Haters welcome. • Important to know

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    One of the great things about reading, specifically books and even more to the point - fiction, is that it connects us to our imagination and to our ability to really know the characters that we are investing in. Often times knowing them better than many of the people in our daily lives. When I read a good piece of fiction I find myself thinking in the style of the author and the characters. It is as if my life has been set to the rhythms of the book that I've just set down. And no other art form has quite the same effect. There are so many great works out there begging to be read. So let's tackle these books together! Everything from Vonnegut to Plath to Melville to Wallace to Munro!

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