Category Archives: 2017 Selections

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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Words in Fin de siècle Vienna

Schorske loves words. He uses fifty cent words, French words, and German words with aplomb. He appears to know what those words mean. But does anyone really know what a word means? I am particularly interested in the words: liberal, … Continue reading

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David Gilmour’s Steinbeck Journal Assignment

The Burials of Red Potter   Beneath the canopy of high mountain pines down in the shade by Johnson’s Creek a pack-horse stood with heavy panniers, a silhouette against the sunlit stream.  Two large, dark bundles lay on the creek’s … Continue reading

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A reponse to Richard Smaby’s Request

On Christmas morning, I again saw a spider that had taken up residence in our guest bathroom bathtub. I had given it several days to escape, but it apparently preferred living in our tub to crawling back down the drain … Continue reading

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