Big Other is starting a monthly book club! We’ve chosen 12 books to tackle in 2011. At the end of each month I’ll post discussion questions, comments on what I was confused about, lines I copied out by hand because they seemed super-pretty or poignant, pictures of what I imagine characters look like, fan fiction or a list of food that stained my copy of the book. We invite you to do the same. If our little backstage discussion of what to read is any indicator, the talk should be lively to say the least.
Here’s a transcript of some choice words:
Tim Jones-Yelvington: I want people to read Sweet Valley High: Double Love by the genius Eckhart Tolle, so I can talk to them about it.
Jac Jemc: There are lots of things wrong with what you just said. Anyway, I read that recently and it sucks.
TJY: But I love it and I think it’s ripe for discussion and maybe the discussion will be better if people feel differently about it.
JJ: I don’t wanna.
TJY: Jac, this doesn’t sound like you. You’re usually nicer. Are you feeling okay?
JJ: I’m an angry person now. It’s my new thing.
TJY: Do you wanna watch the straight-to-video Disney release Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas with me?
JJ: Oh, that’s hard to find. Yeah, let’s do it.
Anywayyyyyy: first things first. Let’s vote on what to read for January. I’m narrowing it down to the shorter novels on the list. I’ll reveal the full list after we decide this! Get voting.
John Hawkes Travesty
Manuel Puig Betrayed by Rita Hayworth
Tom McCarthy C
Gordon Lish Peru
Djuna Barnes Nightwood