What we're about

A social group for the discussion and sharing of ideas and sentiments on books, films, art, science, politics, religion, race, love and sexuality, healing, food, world travel, languages and any other topics of interest which may connect us with some passion for living. We don't shy away from difficult conversations. In our discussions, we are kind towards all -- including those not present.

• "In larger things we are convivial; what causes trouble is the trivial" ~Richard Armour

• "If time, so fleeting, must like humans die, let it be filled with good food and good talk, and then embalmed in the perfumes of conviviality." ~MFK Fisher

• "Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, or were tender with you, or stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you and disputed passage with you?" ~Walt Whitman

• "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality and so on -- have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains." ~Walt Whitman

• "Healing is impossible in loneliness, it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation." ~Wendell Berry

• "What are the odds so long as the fire of the soul is kindled at the taper of conviviality and the wing of friendship never molts a feather?" ~Charles Dickens

Upcoming events (1)

Sat. July 18, 12p: Toni Morrison's 1973 short novel "SULA" : outdoors discussion

Join us Saturday, July 18th, noon to 1:45p for a discussion of the Toni Morrison short novel SULA (1973 -- 170 small pages of text). "Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce ... " * * * We meet at the Latter Library, on St Charles Avenue, which will be closed. On its front porch or in the back by the carriage house, depending on weather. Bring your own folding chair (we'll have a few spare ones). We make a circle, staying 7 feet apart. Always in the shade. FYI, Gracious Bakery on Prytania, where we used to meet, has re-opened... in case you want to stop by and get your regular supplies before joining us (: Free PDFs of the text online, like at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bGl2ZXJwb29sLmsxMi5ueS51c3xyZWFkbGluZ2VuZ2xpc2h8Z3g6MzI4NGVkNjk3NWFhOGI1OA (open this using GoogleDocs, provided); or use my own scan at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z4EaSpciVqlOEInjGkYjdpL8-XiDdVa5/view?usp=sharing (first half -- 51 sheets, if you print out) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f0Gj-FRcANxM3DEtPojUFpyBmorNpR2c/view?usp=sharing (second half -- 45 sheets if you print out) Or used copies at bookfinder.com for $6 after shipping. Or $12 on Kindle. Or check out your library's holdings for books and e-books. Or ... ******************* You must RSVP. No drop-ins. If / once more than 9 people show up, we will divide at random the whole group into two circles for 2 separate discussions. Do change your RSVP to NO if you end up not coming. For all attendees, it is required that you have read the whole book. For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at[masked] or at [masked]

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