Monday, June 26, 2017

Joe's nominations for October

Looks like October is the next month not spoken for. Here's a mish-mash of non-fiction to vote on. It's a combination of two local topics I'm curious about, a few other history books NPR recommends, and then one science book that a friend recommended.

American Ground Zero

I Contain Multitudes

Secondhand Time

Rogue Heroes

Mormon Country

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hey, Book Skimmers-
So it looks like we're talking about Tom McCarthy's book next. Because I currently have a conflict with my Thursday evenings, I'm hoping everyone can make it to a Wednesday discussion in April. I'm told that Wednesday, April 19 is open for those OH2 folks who normally have midweek obligations. I hope it works for everyone. Let me know if it doesn't.

Place and exact time TBD.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reading list for Spring/Summer 2017

I downloaded a super powered algorithm from NASA to total all our results, and here we are:

Steve: Satin Island, Tom McCarthy

Kristian: Exit West.

Brandon:  American Lion by John Meacham

Adam: The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin

Marc: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Emron: -“The Decapitated Chicken”, “The Son”, and “Juan Darién” by Horacio Quiroga

If those months don't work for you to host, let us know and we'll switch it around.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Emron's 2017 Picks

Since nobody seems to finish the novels and other lengthy books that we pick (except, perhaps, the particular manly man who picks the book….but even that is not a guarantee) I’m going to take a different strategy by choosing some works of short fiction the next time my turn comes around. No more excuses for not reading (said to self as much as to others). I’ll provide PDFs and/or links for each selection.

-“The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges (We’ll read 2 translations—one by Di Giovanni and one by Hurley) [One of Borges’s beautiful stories of infinity, totality, and revenge]

-“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe [2 of the 3 stories that gave birth to the ubiquitous detective genre]

-“Axolotl”, “The Night Face Up”, and “The Distances” by Julio Cortázar (Just 1 translation each) [Fantastic or magical real? Three terrific and terrifying stories of doubling]

-“Flowering Judas”, “Noon Wine”, and “María Concepción” by Katherine Anne Porter [Three wonderful stories set in Mexico or Texas by a brilliant modernist writer]

-“The Decapitated Chicken”, “The Son”, and “Juan Darién” by Horacio Quiroga (Just 1 translation each) [Uruguayan/Argentine horror and naturalism from the early 20th century]

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Adam's Picks 2017

Homo Deus, Yuvai Noah Harari
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
Underworld, Don Delillo
Neuromancer, William Gibson

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brandon's Picks - 2017

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
American Lion by John Meacham
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
The Found and the Lost by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson Whitney

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Don Quixote in January

My fellow manly manly men,

Next up on our list is Don Quixote. Really, it's embarrassing that none of us has read this book already, but now is our chance to prove our literary mettle. It's a long book, but from what I can tell, not a difficult one. Right from the first chapter you'll be able to tell we're in good hands. Still, to give us time to finish (Finish a book club book? Yes, I say! Forward, not backward! Upward, not forward!) we'll skip December and meet for this one on January 12th (the 2nd Thursday). I'm happy to host a movie night (or two) in the meantime, just cuz it's fun to get together with you dudes.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Map of every river basin in the US

Thought this was interesting after reading Basin and Range. It would probably help if I wasn't color blink, but I can make out a few of these...

Monday, September 5, 2016

Basin and Range

Hi Gents-
How's everyone feel about a meet up to talk about McPhee's book? Our regular schedule puts us on this week. How many can make it this Thursday night?

The plan I have devised is a simple one. We meet at my place at 7:00. We pile into a car or two and make a quick run to Pop n Sweets for a couple of cool ones (likely ginger beer for me, but you have your agency). Then back to my place where we can huddle up and talk about geology for a bit. After that, I'm thinking it's probably time to screen Kung Fury and/or The World of Tomorrow. It really is a marvelous way to spend half an hour.

Who's in?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Lineup

The votes are in. Here's what we'll be reading for the next few months:

September (Steve): Basin and Range, John McPhee
October (Jordan): Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevky
November (Emron): Nazi Literature in the Americas or Borges and the Eternal Orangutans (tied)
December (Brandon): Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
January (Adam): Barbarian Days, William Finnegan

Steve told me he was okay with hosting in September. The rest of you let me know if this works. We'll plan tentatively on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

I kept it in somewhat the same order as last time, but put mine later to give more time for that long book. Or if December is busy for everyone, we could push it back to January, maybe just do a movie night in December or something.

If anyone has input on good translations for Underground and Quixote, let us know.

Alright, I'm excited to dive into these, they all sound realy cool.