The Writers’ Book Club
A writer is a reader moved to emulation
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write
How does the Writers’ Book Club differ from other book clubs? For starters, the group doesn’t so much discuss the book as dissect it. Members want to discover what it is about the writing itself that makes the book work or, in some cases, not work. Also, we consider how we can “borrow” the author’s techniques for our own writing. Disagreements abound and are always part of the fun, as is the food. For example, we downed grilled cheese sandwiches during our discussion of In the Deep Midwinter, in which the characters indulge in 1950s comfort food.
Click on Events on the toolbar to see a list of books we are reading. Scroll down for write-ups of discussion of books we read last year. Photos by Tom Hoyer
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
September’s Book Club selection was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby. The meeting was hosted by Sarah Barnett and her new dog, Blue. Many members were rereading the book for a second or even third time and uniformly remarked that they found it richer and better this time around. No one felt the current movie version did justice to the book; and, in fact, no one felt the previous version did so, either. No one knew if there was an earlier version but it is to be suspected that it, too, would have failed to measure up. It is always surprising when the entire group expresses positive feelings about a book. It is also surprising how many different kinds of positive reactions there are to be found in a group as diverse as this one. One faction, of which the author is a key member, found Gatsby’s nobility in “the colossal vitality of his illusion,” the same kind of illusion that drives the notion of American exceptionalism. Others focused on the ever-modern obsessions with wealth, conspicuous consumption, and the pursuit of one’s fifteen minutes of fame. The story’s continuing relevance, its still-contemporary appeal comes in part from its simplicity of plot, the fact that the underlying ideas are clearly represented, and that century by century, love and sacrifice remain enduring romantic values in life and in fiction.
This Bed Our Bodies Shaped by April Lindner
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