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“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
― Mark Twain

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Proust Project: March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary; Optional Chateaubriand

Inspired by yesterday's meet-up discussion, a few of us are embarking on a Proust Project. The plan is to read a few books that influenced Proust before diving into his work. Please comment on selected books before we schedule them. Also toying with the idea of making this virtual - we talk about it online. Pre-Proust Schedule Year 1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/2044007805838756/about/ March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (190 pages); Optional François-René de Chateaubriand's Atala/Rene (128 pages) April - John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice (264 pages); Optional Ruskin's Unto This Last May - Jean-Jacques Rosseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker (160 pages), Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance and Other Essays (117 pages), François de La Rochefoucauld's Maxims (126 pages) June - Racine's Esther and Athalie (less than 100 pages) July - Anatole France's The Gods Will Have Blood (254 pages) or Penguin Island (284 pages); Optional Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution: A History (848 pages) August - Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma (532 pages) September - Montaigne: Essays (416 pages) October - George Eliot's Middlemarch (~800 pages) or Silas Marner (262 pages) November - Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions (656 pages) December - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead (233 pages); Optional Brothers Karamazov (796 pages) January - Madame de Sevigne's Letters (320 pages); Optional Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon (631 pages) February - Henri Bergson's Matter and Memory (288 pages) Extra credit: One Thousand and One Nights Louis Begley's Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (272 pages) Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism Pierre Loti's A Child's Romance (~300 pages - can find digital copies online) Walter Benjamin IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME March - April: Swann's Way May - June: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower July - August: The Guermantes Way September - October: Sodom and Gomorrha November - December: The Captive January - February: The Fugitive March: Time Regained

Foe by J.M. Coetzee + Famous Grouse

Gilligan's

Let's celebrate summer with a reinvention of Robinson Crusoe at a bar named after another famous castaway. And, though this is a whisky meetup and Famous Grouse is a very nice blend, no one will judge you for having a frozen watermelon margarita! The Book- Foe by J.M. Coetzee With the same electrical intensity of language and insight that he brought to Waiting for the Barbarians , J.M. Coetzee reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe—and in so doing, directs our attention to the seduction and tyranny of storytelling itself. In 1720 the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe is approached by Susan Barton, lately a castaway on a desert island. She wants him to tell her story, and that of the enigmatic man who has become her rescuer, companion, master, and sometimes lover: Cruso. Cruso is dead, and his manservant, Friday, is incapable of speech. As she tries to relate the truth about him, the ambitious Barton cannot help turning Cruso into her invention. For as narrated by Foe—as by Coetzee himself—the stories we thought we knew acquire depths that are at once treacherous, elegant, and unexpectedly moving. The Whisky: Famous Grouse First produced in 1860 (when it was just 'The Grouse'), The Famous Grouse has been the No. 1 whisky in Scotland since 1980. It's a blend that includes scotch from The Macallan and Highland Park, among others, and is married and matured in old sherry casks for up to six months. The Bar: Gilligan's Summery as a clambake, Gilligan’s is SoHo’s salve for the warmer months of New York. Open May through late September, the expansive outdoor space brings a taste of the tropics to Downtown Manhattan. With tropical décor and an island-vibe food and drink menu, Gilligan’s is known for its ingredient-driven dishes, including seafood sourced from the best farms and fishermen on Long Island, with signature pizzas coming from the kitchen’s stone oven. The famed Frozen Watermelon Margarita is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, along with a refreshing selection of rosés and beers.

Proust Project: March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary; Optional Chateaubriand

Inspired by yesterday's meet-up discussion, a few of us are embarking on a Proust Project. The plan is to read a few books that influenced Proust before diving into his work. Please comment on selected books before we schedule them. Also toying with the idea of making this virtual - we talk about it online. Pre-Proust Schedule Year 1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/2044007805838756/about/ March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (190 pages); Optional François-René de Chateaubriand's Atala/Rene (128 pages) April - John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice (264 pages); Optional Ruskin's Unto This Last May - Jean-Jacques Rosseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker (160 pages), Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance and Other Essays (117 pages), François de La Rochefoucauld's Maxims (126 pages) June - Racine's Esther and Athalie (less than 100 pages) July - Anatole France's The Gods Will Have Blood (254 pages) or Penguin Island (284 pages); Optional Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution: A History (848 pages) August - Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma (532 pages) September - Montaigne: Essays (416 pages) October - George Eliot's Middlemarch (~800 pages) or Silas Marner (262 pages) November - Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions (656 pages) December - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead (233 pages); Optional Brothers Karamazov (796 pages) January - Madame de Sevigne's Letters (320 pages); Optional Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon (631 pages) February - Henri Bergson's Matter and Memory (288 pages) Extra credit: One Thousand and One Nights Louis Begley's Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (272 pages) Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism Pierre Loti's A Child's Romance (~300 pages - can find digital copies online) Walter Benjamin IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME March - April: Swann's Way May - June: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower July - August: The Guermantes Way September - October: Sodom and Gomorrha November - December: The Captive January - February: The Fugitive March: Time Regained

Proust Project: March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary; Optional Chateaubriand

Inspired by yesterday's meet-up discussion, a few of us are embarking on a Proust Project. The plan is to read a few books that influenced Proust before diving into his work. Please comment on selected books before we schedule them. Also toying with the idea of making this virtual - we talk about it online. Pre-Proust Schedule Year 1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/2044007805838756/about/ March - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (190 pages); Optional François-René de Chateaubriand's Atala/Rene (128 pages) April - John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice (264 pages); Optional Ruskin's Unto This Last May - Jean-Jacques Rosseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker (160 pages), Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance and Other Essays (117 pages), François de La Rochefoucauld's Maxims (126 pages) June - Racine's Esther and Athalie (less than 100 pages) July - Anatole France's The Gods Will Have Blood (254 pages) or Penguin Island (284 pages); Optional Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution: A History (848 pages) August - Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma (532 pages) September - Montaigne: Essays (416 pages) October - George Eliot's Middlemarch (~800 pages) or Silas Marner (262 pages) November - Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions (656 pages) December - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead (233 pages); Optional Brothers Karamazov (796 pages) January - Madame de Sevigne's Letters (320 pages); Optional Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon (631 pages) February - Henri Bergson's Matter and Memory (288 pages) Extra credit: One Thousand and One Nights Louis Begley's Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (272 pages) Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism Pierre Loti's A Child's Romance (~300 pages - can find digital copies online) Walter Benjamin IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME March - April: Swann's Way May - June: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower July - August: The Guermantes Way September - October: Sodom and Gomorrha November - December: The Captive January - February: The Fugitive March: Time Regained

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