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Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary

At our March meeting we will discuss a book selected by David Gilmour: Yoko Tawada, The Emissary, Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani 138 pages. New Directions, Winner of 2018 National Book Award in Translated Literature. Advertisements

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H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia

We are going to start off the new year with a book suggested by Mark Jensen:   H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, originally published in 1905, widely available in a number of formats.

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The 2017 in review

“When Tradition is Forcibly Overturned” Just before the year 2017’s end on December 27th-New York Times published an article titled “THE LAST MAN TO SPEAK HIS LANGUAGE”. Intutu Peru: Amedeo Garcia rushed up the river in his canoe, slipping in … Continue reading

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The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s OWN natural desires to learn

I have a confession to make, I am neither a rightist or leftist nor a libertarian and if for some odd reason I may seem one or the other that’s because there is a great misjudgment of who I might … Continue reading

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October Selection: Elisabeth Rosenthal’s An American Sickness

At our October meeting we will discuss the following book suggested by Sid Whaley: Elisabeth Rosenthal, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, published by Penguin Press, 2017.

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Humor in “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” E. B. White At the risk of fulfilling White’s prophecy, I will attempt to analyze Bryson’s humor. Bryson frequently communicates using various kinds … Continue reading

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January 2016 Selection: The Searchers

At our January 2016 meeting we will discuss the following book selected by Van Perdue: The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel ——————————— Van provides the following additional information about his selection: For those who want … Continue reading

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December Discussion: The Meursault Investigation into The Stranger

We met on Thursday (December 3) to discuss two books selected by me: The Stranger by Albert Camus, originally published in French (L’Étranger) in 1942 [several English translations are available] AND The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, originally published in … Continue reading

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Comment on Capitalism – A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy

Thank-you Sterling for having chosen this book. I can’t say I enjoyed it, who could enjoy reading about corruption and murder? But I can say I learned quite a bit from it. I had no idea this was going on … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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