Category Archives: 2018 Selections

Witold Gombrowicz: Like Laurence Sterne, a Free Spirit

  A Farce, a Farce, My Kingdom for a Farce!  Try to set yourself against form, try to shake free of it.[From Witold Gombrowicz, A Kind of Testament, edited by Dominique de Roux; translated by Alastair Hamilton (Champaign, Illinois:  Dalkey … Continue reading

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On Gombrowicz’ Trans-Atlantyk

Dear Gombrowicz Lovers or Discontents: It was good to hear some remarks from you early-bird readers who have begun to tackle, to get hooked into (snagged onto?) Trans-Atlantyk and the other Gombrowiczian story (“On the Back Stairs”) and Diary passages … Continue reading

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Trans-Atlantyk by Witold Gombrowicz: A Right Strange Stew!

His grudge was against Poland where his works were banned, against France and Paris which had adopted him so late, against the whole world which had remained blind so long to his genius. [From Maurice Nadeau’s “Introduction” to A Kind … Continue reading

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March Selection: Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk

At our March meeting we will discuss a book suggested by David Gilmour: Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk, published originally in Polish (Paris: Instytut literacki, 1953)   David recommends that we read either of the following translations: tr. by Carolyn French … Continue reading

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A Critique of deHaven-Smith’s Conspiracy Theory 

deHaven-Smith, L. Conspiracy Theory in America, University of Texas Press, 2013. DeHaven-Smith, a professor at Florida State University when he wrote this book (now retired), proposes a theory that he refers to as “The CIA’s Conspiracy Theory Conspiracy.” This is a … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theory in America

At our February 2018 meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by Stirling Smith: Lance deHaven-Smith, Conspiracy Theory in America, University of Texas Press, 2013.

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The True Believer by Eric Hoffer

To start off the new year, 2018, we will meet in January to discuss the following book, suggested by Van: Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, originally published by Harper in 1951.

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