Category Archives: 2017 Selections

Coal Miner

As I was helping my friend Kathy get rid of books she no longer wanted, she gave me several books of British comedy. Two of these included excerpts from scripts for such legendary radio/TV shows as Monthy Python’s Flying Circus, … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling, 2016   This summer my wife and I are taking a walking tour of the British countryside, from a village called Osmotherly and ending in the village of Robin Hood’s Bay, in York. … Continue reading

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Trump Supporter Tribalism

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, 2016. Strangers in Their Own Land was helpful to me in terms of being able to attain a better understanding of the mindset of Trump … Continue reading

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June Selection: Strangers in Their Own Land

At our June meeting we will discuss a book selected by Neil Bergeson, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, 2016.  

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BEING ELIZABETH BENNET By Emma Webster Campbell

Elizabeth Bennet, as you should know, is the main character in Jane Austen’s best known book Pride and Prejudice.   Here is the setting: The year is 1800. She is 20 years old and reasonably well off. Because of his … Continue reading

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Reading Einstein’s Own Words

For our March book discussion we read Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions.1  I had previously read two biographies about Einstein2,3 as well as books by Christopher Potter4 and Amanda Gefter5 that include extensive discussions of modern developments of some of Einstein’s theoretical … Continue reading

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Einstein and Rational Argument

Reading the essays in Ideas and Opinions, I was struck by Einstein’s variety of expression of different types of ideas. “E=MC2” 1946 represents Einstein’s scientific writing for a popular audience (with his characteristic clarity of thought). I will not quote … Continue reading

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Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

At our April meeting we will discuss a book selected by me (Ron Boothe): Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life. Originally published in hardback by Oneworld Publications, 2014. Tyrant Books Paperback Second Edition (November 3, 2015) This book won … Continue reading

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Reading Albert Einstein

I’m looking forward to our club’s discussion, at my home on the morning of Thurs., Mar. 2, 2017, of Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions, a 1954 collection which describes itself as “an attempt to gather together, so far as is possible, in … Continue reading

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March Selection: Albert Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions

At our March meeting we will discuss a book suggested by Mark Jensen: Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions, Originally published in 1954 by Crown Publishers, Inc. Based on Mein Weltbild, Edited by Carl Seelig, and other sources. Modern Library Edition … Continue reading

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