Monday, August 13, 2007

classic!

yet another example of synchronicity! this morning I was going to skip putting up a post and instead just use my 'blogging time' to do a bit of catching up. however I had to adjust my plan in order to share an interesting article and discussion that jenclair has going on over at her book blog since it is so pertinent to my current quest. at wednesday's bookgroup meeting we had our pre-selection meeting discussion about whether we'd have a theme or not for the upcoming year. during september the bookgroup forgos discussing a specific book and instead we have our annual potluck blow-out. this party consists of lots of wonderful food, a good bit of wine, a pile of books, and much impassioned discussion and debate. each member offers a couple or three titles from which we select eleven books to read during our next 'year of reading'. since there are 15 bookwomen in my bookgroup we generally have quite a number of books to consider!

on wednesday the group landed on the theme "american classics from the first half of the 20th century." the theme is defined this as books published in NORTH AMERICA between january 1, 1900 and december 31, 1959- furthermore all types of material will be considered fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. I have been contemplating what I'd like to suggest so far I have 3 titles, but am definitely open to any creative suggestions. as of now I'm considering offering "shadows on the rock" by willa cather; "wise blood" by flannery o'connor; and "main street" by sinclair lewis - of these three books "wise blood" is the only book I've actually read, however I think that was about twenty years ago!

like so many great minds, I expect our group will have various notions as to what constitutes a classic. but perhaps italo calvino did say it best when he remarked that "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."

picture: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil mouse cups (thanks jane, they're the best as are you!)

1 comment:

Mouse said...

Naturally I love the mouse cups!