Should We Do a Rotten Chestnuts Friday Book Club?

think I got this poll plugin thingie to work right, such that you can vote anonymously, don’t have to register to comment, etc.  Let’s see.

We could use Bloom’s list of the “Western Canon,” this list of the 100 most influential, or whatever.  I’m not picky; I just don’t want to spend any money on this, and actually have a chance to read and comment on the thing.

So I’m thinking something like: Vote on the book the 1st Friday of the month, post initial thoughts the 3rd Friday, open the floor up the 4th Friday.

Also, since we’re not pretentious here, I don’t mean we all have to read every word of Das Kapital or whatever.  Summaries are fine, so long as they’re sourced — the idea is to discuss stuff, not get bogged down in Chapter XLVIII: On the Proper Technique of Grasping Knitting Needles or whatever.

Heck, if we do Cliff’s Notes we could do it every Friday.  Either way.  So I’m asking two things here:

  1. vote
  2. comment on preferred options.

Gracias.  Let’s see how this goes!

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7 thoughts on “Should We Do a Rotten Chestnuts Friday Book Club?

  1. Echo Foxtrot

    Your suggestion seems fine to me:

    Vote on the book the 1st Friday of the month, post initial thoughts the 3rd Friday, open the floor up the 4th Friday.
    That two to three weeks should be sufficient to read enough to comment intelligently on the book.

    1. Severian

      I know! Where the hell are these people coming from? I’m starting to think we’re voting the Chicago way — dead people, pets, dead people’s pets…. If What Happened ends up being our first book with 115% of the vote, we’ll know for sure.

  2. Frip

    I really admire the sense of community in this idea. I just don’t see it working. And as a depressive I’m most assuredly correct, as it’s well known that our powers of prediction are more refined than others, especially compared to doers. It reminds me of when my extrovert brothers held a party and almost no one came. I’ll never forget it. It was really sad. I don’t want to see you go through that. It takes a smart person to talk about books and be interesting about it. How many of us are smart or knowledgeable enough? I just foresee the discussions being

    Rick: That was a really good book.

    Kenny: Yeah it was.

    Rick: Like, really REALLY good.

    (two months later)

    Kenny: Yep

    Len: The part about the Greeks reminded me of modern day Liberals.

    Rick: I thought the same thing.

    1. Skedastic Racket

      Frip man, where’s your ego? I have roughly a quarter century of experience, and I will proudly parade my ignorance before everyone else.
      And I promise to always relate my reading back to multiple extremely liberal ex girlfriends, if you do too.

      To your point however, it may help if folks (besides Severian) articulate why they want to read the Western Canon, so that we know the interests of the community, and can prod for thoughts along those lines. Something more specific than, “I want to be so red pilled that I become infrared pilled!” and its various permutations.

      1. WOPR

        1. I like history.
        2. There’s nothing new under the sun. Therefore, you can still learn a lot of wisdom from older material.
        3. A common canon means a common reference point which is helpful for all.

        I was lucky in college that I got a full year of reading several books that are considered canon. Definitely not the full range but quite a large number from the Bible, Homer, Erasums, etc. up through Thoreau. Parading ignorance was what the course was all about. We did want to murder the philosophy major though.

    2. nightfly

      Well Frip, we are all, of course, fairly busy folks. Most of the regulars have families, there are jobs, there’s actual life to enjoy. So in that sense it’s more of a challenge to get this sort of thing off the ground. I still think we can pull it off.

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