Category Archives: 2009 Selections

Malcolm Lowry’s Day of the Dead-Drunk

Hallucinations in the Eye of the Volcano Thoughts on reading Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano in Harper Perennial edition, published 2007. “Everything becomes disgusting when you are false to your own nature and behave in an unbecoming way.” Sophocles in … Continue reading

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Bill Hagens’ Summary of “The Healing of America”

Note: I have reformatted this post to include all of the documents provided by Bill Hagens: The summary he provided us before our discussion along with the documents he provided during our meeting. Each of the documents are attached here … Continue reading

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Ron Boothe’s Commentary on Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry was my selection for discussion at our November 2009 meeting. I post here a few of my own comments and impressions of the book. Why did I pick this book for us to discuss? … Continue reading

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Peter Farnum’s Summary of Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood, 2000 Addresses the question:  “How much are the bad turns of one’s life determined by things beyond our control, like sex and class, and how much by personal responsibility?’[1] It also works as a mystery … Continue reading

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The Healing of America (2009)

On Wednesday, December 2 we will discuss the following book recommended by Bill Hagens: T. R. Reid, The Healing of America, Penguin, 2009.

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Under the Volcano (1947)

On Wednesday, November 4, we will discuss the following book recommended by Ron Boothe: Malcom Lowry, Under the Volcan0, first published by J. B. Lippincott, 1947.

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The Blind Assassin (2000)

NOTE: Several members will be out of town on our regular meeting date that would have been this week. Therefore, we have changed date (for this month only) to one week later, the second Wednesday of the month. On Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (1999)

During our June Meeting we  discussed the following book selected by Stirling Smith: Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century, Knopf; 1 Amer ed edition, 1999.

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The Iron Heel (1908)

We discussed the following book,  selected by Neil Bergeson, during our May 2009 meeting: Jack London, The Iron Heel, First Published in the USA by The Macmillan company, 1908.

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Why We Lie (2004)

During our March 2009 meeting we discussed the following book selected by Mohsen Mirghanbari: David Livingstone Smith, Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind, St Martin’s Press, 2004.

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