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I say unto you: there is no beginning and we do not tremble, we are not sentimental.

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  • Tonight was our book club’s 5th anniversary. We voted and awards were handed out, “best book,” “best costume,” (people dress up like characters in the books we’re reading in our club), etc. My award? Those are flames protruding from the pages. The woman who made the award said, “I actually wanted to burn it, but I couldn’t do that to a book.” When I accepted the dubious distinction, I said, “I had a feeling I was getting this one,” since it’s become the butt of many jokes since we read it. Everyone laughed and called me a good sport, but I genuinely liked this book and felt bad that everyone hated it so much. I mean, we read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter for goodness’ sake! (This got my vote for worst book.) I told them I wanted to keep my title, and would have to find something even worse (slash better?) for the upcoming year. (Judith Butler, maybe?)
We also got beauty pageant sashes with titles. I’m Ms. Rock Star. I’m okay with this.

    Tonight was our book club’s 5th anniversary. We voted and awards were handed out, “best book,” “best costume,” (people dress up like characters in the books we’re reading in our club), etc. My award? Those are flames protruding from the pages. The woman who made the award said, “I actually wanted to burn it, but I couldn’t do that to a book.” When I accepted the dubious distinction, I said, “I had a feeling I was getting this one,” since it’s become the butt of many jokes since we read it. Everyone laughed and called me a good sport, but I genuinely liked this book and felt bad that everyone hated it so much. I mean, we read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter for goodness’ sake! (This got my vote for worst book.) I told them I wanted to keep my title, and would have to find something even worse (slash better?) for the upcoming year. (Judith Butler, maybe?)


    We also got beauty pageant sashes with titles. I’m Ms. Rock Star. I’m okay with this.


  • #book club      #I love dick      #ms. rock star      




    May 26, 2013

    1 year ago





  • Book club last night.  The feta and black olive turnovers, peanut butter nutella brownies and mojitos were a success.  The book (I Love Dick), not so much.  In fact, everyone but me hated it, saying, “I couldn’t tell if I wasn’t smart enough for it, or if the book really wasthat bad” and “I kept waiting for something to happen” and “pretentious!”

    I opened up the discussion saying, “I enjoyed the book, but realize it was a bad choice for book club.”  Not every book club, mind you,  but I knew better.  Not that I’m judging (except maybe I am, a little), but people are still talking about how greatAbraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunterwas, and we read that at least a year ago and it is, in my opinion, one of the worst books I’ve ever endured.  So there is a definite clash in taste there.  I also admitted that, while I sort of did know it was going to be a bad choice for book club even before I picked it, I wanted to read it, and wanted to have a conversation about feminism, and it was all a devious ploy to get that, even though, in the end, I didn’t really get it, because I got so flustered when speaking, and couldn’t get my thoughts from my head to my mouth without my tongue tripping over itself, and so all the things I wanted to say, like, “Our experiences, as monotonous or quotidian as they are, are valid!  live art!  live theory!  We have a right to our lives, a right to fuck up, a right to air our dirty laundry, hang those underwear proudly!  We have a right to want, to pursue, to speak up and out, to exist and to show that we exist, and to create our own words and works and canon!” went unsaid.  I did manage, after someone said, yet again, “But I just kept waiting for something to happen!”, to squeak out, “The thing that is so exciting to me about this book is not what actually happens in it, but the thoughts that arise outside of it,” which took us back to, “I guess I’m not smart enough to get it…”  No, no, no!


  • #Anyone want to talk about I Love Dick with me?      #book club      #I Love Dick      




    July 8, 2012

    2 years ago







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