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]

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