Category Archives: 2011 Selections

Post-Discussion Commentary on Lost Memory of Skin: Better the Second Time Around

Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin, 2011. I read this book twice in preparing for our discussion. The first time through I had ambivalent feelings about whether or not it was a significant enough work to warrant spending much time … Continue reading

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What is a Novel?

David Gilmour sent me the following: “For the book club’s information, there’s a two part BBC program well worth listening to. Noah Richler has two 25 min. episodes on how stories play a part in cultural history, going through genres … Continue reading

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December Selection: Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin, 2011

At our meeting on December 8 we will discuss: Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin, 2011. I picked this book because I saw a review in the New York Times calling it “a major new work by Russell Banks destined … Continue reading

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Black Mass

Reading John Gray’s Black Mass is I believe a way of tapping into the root mass of the western civilization. From the knee we in the west have been fed the mythos of many different versions of Christian salvation and … Continue reading

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November Selection: Lauren Belfer, A Fierce Radiance

Our discussion book for November is a selection from Burk. He provides the following information about his selection: ————— We have had some heavy nonfiction reading of late and I think it is time for a change of pace to … Continue reading

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Its “all about looking” and “ways of seeing” as John Berger might say

Jim Robbins sent this to me via email. Seemed like a good talisman for our group, so I am posting it here. Ron

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The Shaman’s Charm: from ABram to CDrom

Commentary and review of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World by David Abram (New York: Pantheon Books, 1996) PART I. “Pluck the Magic: It’s all around you.  This is Air!” The state of my … Continue reading

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October Selection: Black Mass

At our October 6, 2011 meeting we will be discussing Stirling’s selection: John Gray, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, 2007.

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Haikus and images inspired by Spell of the Sensuous

As part of our discussion of David Abram’s Spell of the Sensuous, Jim Robbins asked each of us to: “Please compose a haiku that reveals some aspect of David Abram’s book that you found of particular interest. Match these words … Continue reading

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September Selection: Spell of the Sensuous

Following a summer break, our group will pick back up on September 1 to discuss the selection from Jim Robbins: David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous, Vintage Books, 1997.

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