Category Archives: 2016 Selections

John Locke according to Tristram Shandy

My enjoyment of Tristram Shandy consists largely in Sterne as iconoclast, most notably for me his critique of John Locke’s theory of language and ideas. But more generally I revel in his tongue-in-cheek renditions of the hubris of the Enlightenment! … Continue reading

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Mohsen Post-discussion Comments regarding Killing the Host

“The Capitalistic Culture Making Crony Capitalism Worse”,   Of the most misinformations that the public possess is the lack of knowledge or the will to learn, such examples are “Democracy versus Communism” “Capitalism versus Socialism” “Heroes versus Villains” a society … Continue reading

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ARS LONGA

[Post post:] The Free Spirit of Laurence Sterne “For in writing what I have set about, I shall confine myself neither to his [Horace’s] rules, nor to any man’s rules who ever lived.” (Tristram Shandy, Bk 1, Ch. iv.)  “Nothing … Continue reading

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December Selection: Killing the Host by Michael Hudson

At our December 2016 meeting we will discuss the following selection suggested by Stirling Smith: Michael Hudson, Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy, 2015.

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‘ELECTRIC CITY’ REVISITED

The 2014 novel Electric City by Elizabeth Rosner is many things at once: historical fiction, a novel about social classes, a modern mini-epic, and maybe even a potential movie or television series. Above all, it seems to me to be … Continue reading

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Coming of Age: No Literary “Recognition” in Young Jack

Comments on Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life: a Memoir (New York:  Grove Press, c1989) Too many memories have revisited me since I read This Boy’s Life a couple of months ago that I have to comment on the importance of … Continue reading

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Tristram’s Dear Dear Jenny

Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, originally published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next seven years. In previous comments I posted about Tristram Shandy, I described … Continue reading

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November Selection: Electric City (2014)

At our November meeting we will discuss a book selected by Burk, Elizabeth Rosner, Electric City: A Novel (2014). Burk provides the following pre-discussion information about his selection: —————————————— —————————————— Greetings: I believe chance has a lot to do with … Continue reading

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Mohsen’s Post-Discussion comments about BAD PAPER: The Game of Cutthroat

Sid, your suggestion that economical indebtedness may not apply to the book club members is the opposite, all consumers unanimously are contributors to every effect of economy, from A to Z, since there would be no indebtedness without human participation. … Continue reading

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Mohsen’s Post-Discussion Comments about THIS BOY’S LIFE

My first assumption was that This Boy’s Life was a biography but represented as a memoir, however, after several back and forth discussions and debates with several of you, I came away with a different understanding, as Ron P. made … Continue reading

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