Fetishists and lunatics and books, oh my! February 27, 2009Posted by oaklandbookclub in dates, meetings.
First, I’d like to thank everyone who attended the planning meeting. It was a lively one, that’s for sure, and I was thrilled with both the number and quality of suggestions. It’s also refreshing to kick off the next couple of months with some new genres.
Note, this is a change of time: Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 25th at the Vintage Estate Wine and Beer on South Ave. in Boardman ( it’s next to Aladdin’s, where The Boathouse used to be) at 7:00.
in March, we’re reading Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
This one is a graphic novel, and I have to say, I’m pretty jazzed about reading it, despite having mocked both the superhero and graphic novel genres. Seriously, the graphic novel section of Barnes and Noble is like its own little world where the normal rules of book shelving and organizing don’t apply. It’s fortunate that B and N has a guy. You know, that guy…the reason we mock superheroes and graphic novels, that is, until we need him, and then he is the superhero (and that was a helluva lot of commas).
And then, we’re all going to go and see the movie together; it comes out in a week or two. Today, I found this great article on cnn.com. It’s called “Will Anyone Watch the Watchmen?” It really piqued my interest in both the novel and the film with this line from cast member Billy Crudup: “What would people who dress up in costumes to fight crime actually be like? Well, they’d probably be fetishists who lived on the fringes of society. They’d all be a bunch of freaking lunatics.”
Fetishists and lunatics? Count me in!
Here’s the rest of the lineup.
- April: Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Z. Z. Packer (collection of short stories)
- May: Minions of the Moon, Richard Bowes (with opportunity to meet the author)
- June: Memoir From an Ant proof Case, Mark Helprin
- July: The Seville Communion, Arturo Perez-Revert
- August: The God of Small Things, Arundhanti Roi
- September: Skycraper, Faith Baldwin and Elizabeth M. Hess (pulp fiction from the Feminist Press Femme Fatale Series)
- October: Wicked, Gregory Maguire
- November: Hardboiled Wonderland at the End of the World, Haruki Marakami (I have to check the availability of this one)
- December: Linden Hills, Gloria Naylor
The best book club in the Yo. We’ve got it going on.