Category Archives: 2018 Selections

June Selection: The Vegetarian

Our discussion book for June, suggested by Bill Hagens, is The Vegetarian, a South Korean three-part drama novella written by Han Kang and first published in 2007. English translation by Deborah Smith published by Penguin Random House in 2016. Winner … Continue reading

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Ars Poetica

Echoes of Gombrowicz’s Sensibility: Form and Chaos How do we come to our senses? Who are we? “…I actually thought it unseemly to pass over in silence the callow youth inside me, and I thought grown-ups far too perspicacious and … Continue reading

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May Selection: Why Buddhism is True

At our May 2018 discussion meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by me (Ron Boothe): Robert Wright, Why Buddhism is True, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2017.

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Playing It by Ear: a Plea for Dramatizing the Art of Witold Gombrowicz

 The Orality of Trans-Atlantyk and Other Literatures “You are allowed to write about yourself.” Witold Gombrowicz[i] For many, many months, some years ago now, my wife and I sat together through spring-to-summer’s evenings reading the same literary work together.  We … Continue reading

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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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