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Thousand Cranes Meeting

If you'd like to carpool, meet at my place at 7pm.

Come hungry, cuz Joe is bringing his Dutch oven for dessert, and I'm bringing Japanese curry.

If you're driving yourself, go up provo canyon, take the Nunn's park turnoff. You immediately come to a 4 way stop where if you turn right it takes you to the bridal veil parking lot, if you turn left you go under the highway. Don't take either turn, just go straight. Keep going past bridal veil falls on that street. Before the street meets back with the highway, you'll see another parking lot on your right for upper falls picnic area. We'll be there.

18 Books Ernest Hemingway wished he could read again for the first time

18 (Free) Books Ernest Hemingway Wished He Could Read Again for the First Time in Literature | September 6th, 2013 19 Comments

In the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway wrote a series of short pieces for Esquire magazine called the “Key West Letters.” One of those pieces, the 1935 “Remembering Shooting-Flying” has an interesting premise—Hemingway claims that remembering and writing about shooting are more pleasurable than shooting itself. Or at least that he’d rather remember shooting pheasant than actually shoot clay pigeons. In the next paragraph, this nostalgia for good shooting gets tied up with good books, such that the essay betrays its true desire—to be a meditation on reading. Before he catches himself and gets back on topic, Hemingway launches into a long parenthetical:

I would rather read again for the first time Anna Karenina, Far Away and Long Ago, Buddenbrooks, Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary, War and Peace, A Sportsman’s Sketches, The Brothers Karamazov, Hail and Farewell

Tolstoy's favorite books

War and PeaceAnna KareninaThe Death of Ivan Ilyich — many of us have felt the influence, to the good or the ill of our own reading and writing, of Leo Tolstoy. But whose influence did Leo Tolstoy feel the most? As luck would have it, we can give you chapter and verse on this, since the novelist drew up just such a list in 1891, which would have put him at age 63. A Russian publisher had asked 2,000 professors, scholars, artists, and men of letters, public figures, and other luminaries to name the books important to them, and Tolstoy responded with this list divided into five ages of man, with their actual degree of influence (“enormous,” “v. great,” or merely “great”) noted. It comes as something of a rarity, up to now only available transcribed in a post at Northampton, Massachusetts’ Valley Advocate: WORKS WHICH MADE AN IMPRESSION Childhood to the age of 14 or so The stor…

Thursday night meeting - Hedgehog

Even though it's summertime, let's go back to our cold-weather confines at Joe's Gourmet Grill. I have to make an appearance at a Church meeting so if you don't mind let's start at 8 p.m.

If I can "host" again in October, it would be great to go up in the canyon so I can cook a dutch oven meal for you guys. Just not in the cards this week for me to pull that off.
Behold, my 6 offers:

1. The Choice by Russell Roberts
2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
3. 100 Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez
4. The Night Stalker by Phillip Carlo
5. Life on the Mississipi by Mark Twain
6. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by F.D.

Steve's Nominations (Round Tres)

Next Round of Nominations

Sorry to have missed some of you last night. Hope your feeling better now, Joe, after huffing those paint fumes all night. And we'll just have to wait and see if Steve gets a letter from the Stake President soon regarding some very troubling remarks he made about the Boy Scout organization.

Time for everyone to nominate books for the next round. I already posted a few options.

And welcome to our newest member, Kristian Heal. We'd love to see what reading suggestions you have.

And Doug! You're going to nominate something this time, right? That way you can guarantee the provo library has it on tape.

Anyway, I'm excited for another batch of good stuff to read for the next few months.

Steve's Nominations (for June?)

I think I'm due to nominate.

These are all books about travel and adventure of one sort or another. Some boats, some planes, some wandering on foot.

Island of the Lost, Joan Druett N by E, Rockwell Kent In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin West with the Night, Beryl Markham Wind, Sand, and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell

My Next Nominees....Better Late Than Never

Here are my next suggestions. They are all books I have not yet read by writers I enjoy. I tried to think of some creative theme, but nothing jumped out at me so I went for this approach.....again.

To Have And Have Not - Ernest Hemingway
One of the few Hemingway titles I have not read. I haven't read any Hemingway for awhile, so I figured why not.

The Comedians - Graeme Greene
Thought this one could be very interesting, though I cannot think of a time when I have found Greene to be uninteresting.

The Trumpet-Major - Thomas Hardy
This is the only Hardy novel I have never read. I only recently bought a copy. I don't think it will be quite like Jude The Obscure for those of you who remember that one.

Cakes And Ale - W. Somerset Maugham
I have not read any Maugham for a very long time. I discovered his books while at BYU and read quite a few in a short period of time.

The Great Train Robbery - Michael Crichton
One of Crichton's early novels. Crichton always seems to be good for a b…

Brandon's Nominations - Round 2

I wrote the following entry before we read the sparrow, but I still like it so I'm going with it.

As our book club name and roster implies, we've lately been reading a lot of books by, about, and for the dudes.

Time for some variety, I say. Time, in fact, to read a book written by, and starring, a woman. Here are my nominees:

Housekeeping by Marylinne Robinson
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Rebecca by Daphne Dumaurier
Sula by Toni Morrison
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf