First of all I have been told to say that augustbird says hi because she is standing over my shoulder and making me type this. “Hello friends,” is the exact message. Last night we watched part of The Covenant, which was a wild ride from start to finish. The fact that the person who delivered (“delivered”) the Little Miss Muppet speech (“speech”) is the same person who did this is really a testament to humanity’s capacity for growth and change.
MOVING ON TO MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS: on Thursday night, A BOOK CLUB WAS PROPOSED, which I think would be a great idea! So this is an organizing post/a post at a normal hour of the day to clue the rest of you in.
I did something like this with some other people a while back on tumblr, and we used a tracked tag, which worked for a while and then sort of fell apart, but it wasn’t really ideal – I think in order for this to really work it needs to be on an actual forum where people can comment on each other’s posts and have some semblance of real conversation. I still haven’t had time to look into options too much but I think the only thing that will really work for this is Dreamwidth. (I KNOW. I KNOW.) Basically this would mean that everyone would make an account and then just use it for the purposes of a book club community, unless you… really wanted to go old school and start using a Dreamwidth; I don’t know your lives. Anyway we could do anon comments also but clearly it would be easier to keep track of people if we all had accounts.
In terms of the books: we had some suggestions, of which I think The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell was the best – I don’t know how many of you have read Cloud Atlas but it’s pretty well-known and also AMAZING. I’ve been meaning to read more by him for years and am really excited about this book and there will probably be a lot to discuss around it. It comes out in early September. Another one was The Luminaries which is, like, a billion pages long, WHICH I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO TACKLE IF THIS GOES WELL, but we can try some other stuff first, lol.
Anyway, I think maybe starting with something shorter first as like, a test run would be good? I think doing a classic-ish book would be fun for that. Somebody suggested just… going through all the books in Middletown (the impetus for this discussion), which: lol, I MAY BE AN EGOTIST but I am not that much of an egotist. HOWEVER, I don’t know how many people have… actually read A Separate Peace? It’s a pretty common high school text but less common as the years go on, and obviously only in the US. IF YOU HAVEN’T IT’S LIKE, THE BEST BOOK, I S2G. Literally just like: gay teenagers and angst about being at prep school instead of WWII. I FEEL THIS WOULD BE RELEVANT TO THE INTERESTS OF SOME OF YOU PEOPLE. And it’s pretty short so we could do it in like, two weeks, easy. Alternatively I can come up with some other options or people can suggest things. I have been wanting to reread that book myself but like, I can just… do that, so, I am open to whatever you all prefer.
SO: THOUGHTS? COMMENTS? QUESTIONS? I am going to go shower and stuff and won’t be around a whoooole lot today since we have like, beach things to do and Chris Evans movies to watch, BUT! We will sort this out. I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Book club yessss.