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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Subject:Anybody out there?
Posted by:kitzen_kat.
Time:2:17 pm.
There's been no activity in this group for months. Feel free to make a post or comment.
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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Posted by:kitzen_kat.
Time:9:38 am.
Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries - see article here.

The Communist Manifesto is ranked as more dangerous than Mein Kampf.

Betty Friedan is in the Top Ten and is apparently more harmful than Freidrich Nietzsche. Go figure.
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Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Subject:Shakespeare
Posted by:kitzen_kat.
Time:5:57 pm.
What was the first Shakespeare play that you studied? Did you read any of his plays before you started studying them at school?

The first play I read was Julius Caesar. I loved it. I was about 12 or 13 and as I was in an advanced English class, we got to start on Shakespeare's plays before the other classes. We acted out scenes, discussed his version of history, read the play aloud again, did more acting ... and wrote a couple of essays. Oh well, the fun stuff had to finish eventually. *g*
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Monday, June 26th, 2006

Subject:Open Mike
Posted by:kitzen_kat.
Time:2:28 pm.
It's confession time.

Which 'great' novel have you never read? Do you feel guilty about it? And have you been hassled by others because you haven't read it?
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Friday, June 9th, 2006

Subject:Here it goes... thanks for your consideration
Posted by:solelo.
Time:10:19 am.
My top ten at this time (some are permanent picks, but this list changes as, I'm sure, does yours):
The Dream Songs (John Berryman) poetry
Glass, Irony and God (Anne Carson) poetry
The Work of Mourning (Jacques Derrida) eulogy
Little Black Book of Stories (A.S. Byatt) dreamscapes
The Kitchen Sessions With Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter) foodlust
Arcadia (Tom Stoppard) play
Loose Sugar (Brenda Hillman) poetry
Funny, You Don't Look Like One: Observations from a Blue-Eyed Ojibway (Drew Hayden Taylor) humor
Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman) poetry
The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke poetry
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Subject:Question for the community
Posted by:elricmelnibone.
Time:10:58 am.
When did you last buy a book and literally put it in someone's hands and tell them they must read it? What book was it, and why?
On my last first date (the Yorkie, for those of you who know my dating history), we spent an afternoon at a used book store. I bought her a copy of E.L. Doctorow's _The Book of Daniel_ and told her she must read it. She is a medievalist, and wanted to know what all the fuss about "postmodern" was, and which contemporary author I thought was the most interesting and engaging.
I am always tempted to buy copies of that book (used, of course), and just hand them to people. It's an amazing read.
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In a similar vein, what was the last book that was handed to you in such a way? I honestly think, for me, it was bestfriend handing me a copy of _The Book of Daniel_, at the same used book store. But I cannot recall.
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Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Subject:In no particular order, an eclectic mix, subject to change, all the usual caveats
Posted by:perpetua_redux.
Time:9:25 pm.
1. JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
2. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
3. Sherri Tepper, The Gate to Women’s Country
4. Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence
5. Shakespeare, Macbeth
6. Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye or Handmaid’s Tale
7. Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
8. Pablo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
9. Albert Memi, The Colonizer and the Colonized
10. Kate Chopin, The Awakening
11. Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
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Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Subject:Open Mike - All welcome to comment
Posted by:kitzen_kat.
Time:1:45 pm.
Poll #740437 Best reading in the bath

What's the best type of reading material while in the bath?

Romance novels
0(0.0%)
A book of poetry
2(33.3%)
The latest bestseller
0(0.0%)
A textbook
0(0.0%)
Newspapers
0(0.0%)
S-f or fantasy paperback
2(33.3%)
A magazine picked up at the supermarket checkout
1(16.7%)
An autobiography or biography
1(16.7%)
Other
0(0.0%)

What's the best drink to have while reading in the bath?

Champagne
2(33.3%)
Cup of tea
2(33.3%)
Cup of coffee
1(16.7%)
Soft drink
0(0.0%)
Hot chocolate
1(16.7%)
I'll just drink the bathwater
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)
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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Subject:My List
Posted by:birdbot.
Time:6:47 pm.
Mood: melancholy.
My list will probably change tomorrow, but for today (in no particular order):

Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Crimson Petal & The White, Michael Faber
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Walter Isaacson
The Odyssey, Homer
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
Black House, Stephen King
Desperation, Stephen King
Out of the House of Life, Chelsea Quin Yarbo
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, A.N. Roquelaure
A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, Percival Everett & James Kincaid
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Subject:Open Mike - Visitors welcome to comment
Posted by:kitzen_kat.
Time:9:24 pm.
Which character in a novel do you want to slap and why?
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Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Subject:My Favorite Books
Posted by:phasma_aphanes.
Time:10:39 pm.
Dan Simmons The Hyperion Cantos/Endymion
Luther Blisset aka Wu Ming (Four Anonymous Authors): Q
Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
Jose Saramago: History of the Siege of Lisbon
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife
Tolkein: Lord of the Rings
Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
David Eddings: Belgariad/Mallorean
Cormac McCarthy: Outer Dark
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Subject:Cuz someone has to be first...
Posted by:elricmelnibone.
Time:11:02 pm.
Here's my list, ordered only alphabetically.
I cannot pick a good top-10, without a framework, so I look forward to some of the lists from the possible challenges.
Barth, John: The Sot-Weed Factor
Cooper, James Fenimore: The Deerslayer
Derrida, Jacques: The Work of Mourning
Doctorow, E.L.: The Book of Daniel
Everett, Percical: Erasure
Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury
Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick
Pynchon, Thomas: Gravity's Rainbow
Whitman, Walt: Leaves of Grass [1855]
Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
I know that this list is fiction-heavy, and that's because I so enjoy fiction much more than other genres, both for my work and for pleasure.
Have at me!
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