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Fata Morgana
2006-09-08 12:52
new book club! participate!
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During my recent trip to Utah, my high-school friends and I were lamenting that we don't interact as much as we would like. In high school we used to engage in all manner of craziness, from philosophy clubs and Beatnik poetry readings to bizarre wacky pre-dance parties and elaborate craft projects. (God, I've been meaning to post more about all of that forever ... before I forget.) Somehow, though, it's been difficult to find the time and motivation to keep contact since high school, especially as some of us (*ahem*) are out of state. Then gooeyduck made the excellent suggestion of starting a book club to help us keep in touch. We all love to read, we all love to discuss things, and we're all fantastically brilliant people of course, so we all thought this was a marvelous idea. bain_easag set up an online forum to facilitate remote discussion. Current participants include me, gooeyduck, bain_easag, darthabsinthe, bootsuu, dag29580863, caefus, fungal_rose, temperategoddss, brandnewunit, and D and R (who shockingly don't have Livejournals!).

I'd also like to invite all of YOU to participate! The plan is to cover one book a month, selected in consensus. (We can all make suggestions on books we'd like to read and discuss, and choose one as a group.) We're starting with Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Fiction or nonfiction is fair game. We all have pretty different fields (gooeyduck is an architect, bain_easag is a physicist researching sustainable power sources, darthabsinthe is an anthropologist, bootsuu is a programmer, etc.), so we've agreed to resist the temptation to suggest esoteric books in our field that we find really enlightening but others may struggle with.

If you're interested, leave a comment and I can send you the URL of the online forum. I'd love to recruit enough local people to actually have in-person book club meetings - it would really help me with motivation and make it that much more fun. :~) Yeah, I know, I have a lot of other stuff to read too, but it's important to do a little recreational reading now and then! (I'm still working my way through Overthrow, which incidentally I'd love to be able to discuss in a book-club-like forum. :~))
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Liz
stellae
2006-09-08 20:46 (UTC)
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Ooh, that sounds lovely! I'd be interested. :-)
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ternarybits
ternarybits
2006-09-08 20:57 (UTC)
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I'm not much of a casual reader... can we read and discuss something like Python in a Nutshell or maybe the Joy of Cooking? =)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2006-09-08 21:04 (UTC)
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See note about esotericism above. ;~)

It could be a chance to try it out, but up to you ...
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Kris
anemone
2006-09-08 21:38 (UTC)
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I'm interested.
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Jeff
lbchewie
2006-09-08 21:51 (UTC)
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Send me a link. I used to be attending a book club in San Francisco, but my new class schedule prohibits me from future attendance. Perfect timing!
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Matthew Jones
stridera
2006-09-08 22:48 (UTC)
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Sounds fun... how many other fantasy junkies are there out there?

Either that or I can write about all the books I have to read for my Masters...

Byte Wars: The Impact of September 11 On Information Technology by Yourdon, Edward

...

Maybe I'll just stick to Fantasy...

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guardmisfit
guardmisfit
2006-09-08 22:56 (UTC)
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yay fantasy! i'd be surprised if it made up less than half of my book collection :P.

ps i like your username.
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guardmisfit
guardmisfit
2006-09-08 22:54 (UTC)
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sounds fun.

Too bad all I read when not on break comes from schoolbooks.
Although I'm sure if I suggested random articles out of my history reader you all would no doubt find them fascinating as well ;).

Perhaps over summer break... or christmas...

*laments the days when she spent most of the day reading for pleasure and could finish all school work starting around 10pm each night*

*fondly pictures the books on her reading list*
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Ping
zestyping
2006-09-08 23:41 (UTC)
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Definitely! It would help a lot to have a nudge to read more for non-work, and i've been meaning to read The Omnivore's Dilemma for a while. Thanks!
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2006-09-09 03:34 (UTC)
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Sounds fun! ... if I had the time. :p I'll gladly accept books for the recommended reading list and follow the conversation, though.
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jillB
jilflirt
2006-09-09 03:49 (UTC)
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I'm interested. I am mostly interested in reading classics, but I suppose I can expand myself a bit :)
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Caefus
caefus
2006-09-09 05:49 (UTC)
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I just bought the book today, and I must say that it's fairly expensive since it's still in hardcover ($30). If someone can't afford to buy it or can't find it, I plan to finish reading it by next week and could send it on to another person. Just let me know.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2006-09-09 21:09 (UTC)
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I've already ordered from Amazon, but maybe there'll be other takers ... does temperategoddss have it yet?
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jofish22
jofish22
2006-09-09 09:34 (UTC)
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sure, count me in. sounds good to me. and god knows i read enough as it is.
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Elaine
dancingyel
2006-09-09 18:38 (UTC)
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ooh, a little late on the bandwagon, but definitely interested!
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rubrick
rubrick
2006-09-09 23:34 (UTC)
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Hm. It turns out I only really like discussing nonfiction with people who largely agree with me (I don't care much for arguments), and I only really like discussing fiction from a technical, writer's-workshop sort of way ("Why does the word 'slag' in this sentence give the reader goosebumps?" is good; "Why did Sven decide to burn Natasha's love letter?" makes me want to go read a book instead). So I think I'll pass for now.

Of course, if you want a disinterested party to suggest books... ;-)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2006-09-10 02:32 (UTC)
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Well, we *are* starting with nonfiction (and given what suggestions have come up so far, may stay that way) ... but whether you'd agree with us is another matter. :~)
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joshua_314
2006-09-29 04:45 (UTC)
Book suggestion
I doubt I'd have time to join an in person group, but I thought I'd throw out a great book I've been glancing at lately entitled "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv. Very insightful and brings up a very good discussion on equity in regards to access to open spaces (or even bare soil). It's been a hot topic in my office and field and I'm surprised how much it resonates with my own personal story and relations with "the natural world."

~J
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(Anonymous)
2007-02-13 23:49 (UTC)
Spider Man 3 at Toy Fair 07
Sideshow Collectibles had an impressive line of Spider-Man 3-related busts and models on display at Toy Fair 2007.
These included cool Spider-Man and Venom mini-busts which will retail for $45 when they become available in the 2nd
Quarter of '07, an even wilder posed Venom statue that will be available in the 3rd Quarter for roughly $190 and a
giant Symbiote Spider-Man Bust that will also be available in the 3rd Quarter for twice that amount.
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