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  • Date: November 7, 2018, By Andrew Category - Picks

    Our pick for November is Radio Free Vermont – Fiction – by Bill McKibben: As the host of Radio Free Vermont–“underground, underpowered, and underfoot”–seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an “undisclosed and double-secret location.”  Vern uses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea: an independent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the United States and operates under a free local economy. But for now, he and his radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition to being a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay is also a fugitive from the law. This book includes an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerrilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of ‘Ethan Allen Day’ and hijacking a Coors Light truck.

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  • Date: October 25, 2018, By Andrew Category - Picks

    Fiction about the AIDS crisis in Chicago, Vermont secession from the United States, and a contrast between the Industrial Age of John Henry and the Digital Age we live in today. Non-Fiction about people living self-sufficient lives in rural Japan.

    • The Great Believers – Fiction – by Rebecca Makkai: Spanning thirty years, The Great Believers is a stirring journey through the 1980s AIDS crisis in Chicago and its effects on the contemporary lives of survivors. In 1985, Yale Tishman’s career begins to flourish, as the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. First the virus takes his friend Nico, then others, until the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. In 2015, Fiona is in Paris  staying with her old friend Richard, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic. She finds herself grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life.
    • Radio Free Vermont – Fiction – by Bill McKibben: As the host of Radio Free Vermont–“underground, underpowered, and underfoot”–seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an “undisclosed and double-secret location.”  Vern uses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea: an independent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the United States and operates under a free local economy. But for now, he and his radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition to being a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay is also a fugitive from the law. This book includes an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerrilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of ‘Ethan Allen Day’ and hijacking a Coors Light truck.
    • The Abundance of Less – Non-fiction – by Andy Couturier: The author interviews and reflects on 10 people and their families living outside of mainstream Japanese society. Interviews from 2010 and 2017 (post Fukushima nuclear crisis). These individuals live significantly self-sustaining lives in rural mountainous regions of Japan. Some quotes: “I think about how many people in the industrialized world die soon after their retirement from the effects of an incredibly taxing work life where almost all waking hours are given over to the production of money.” “I think all people want freedom, but they’ve got this idea inserted into their head about money. So they take jobs that compromise their freedom, because they are afraid that they can’t live without money.” – A lot of this book is about working less, not needing money, and understandable philosophies that support these ideas; because it is in the form of interviews and reflections, its an interesting and thought provoking read.
    • John Henry Days – Fiction – by Colson Whitehead: Immortalized in folk ballads, John Henry was a black laborer for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, a man of superhuman strength and stamina. He proved his mettle in a contest with a steam drill, only to die of exhaustion moments after his triumph. In John Henry Days, Colson Whitehead builds upon this simple tale. The narrative revolves around J. Sutter, a young black journalist. Sutter is a “junketeer,” a freeloading hack who roams from one publicity event to the next. It is 1996, and an assignment for a travel Web site takes Sutter to West Virginia for the first annual John Henry Days festival, a celebration of a new U.S. postage stamp honoring John Henry. And there, in a small rural town, the real story of John Henry emerges in graceful counterpoint to Sutter’s thoroughly modern adventure. Whitehead explores the parallels between the lives of these two men, and between the Industrial Age, which literally killed John Henry, and the Digital Age, which is destroying J. Sutter’s soul,  adding multiple dimensions to the myth of the steel-driving man.
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  • Date: October 23, 2018, By Erik Category -
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  • Date: October 23, 2018, By Andrew Category - Share/Discuss

    Hey all, bookclub is this Friday, October 26th, at Jeff’s house in Longmont. We’re reading (as you know, of course) Gilead by Marilyn Robinson.

    Jeff’s address is 99 Baylor Dr., Longmont, CO 80503

    I’ll post the picks on Wednesday. RSVP Here or when the RSVP page is up. 🙂

     

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  • Date: October 1, 2018, By Andrew Category - Picks

    Bookclub had the best food Friday night. Jim’s burger sauce was amazing! 7 came and enjoyed.

    Our next club will be at Jeff’s (tentatively) on October 26.

    Our pick:

    Gilead – Robinson (256 pages)(The memories of a minister in Gilead, Iowa is dying of a heart condition and wants to pass along the things he has learned to his young son.  Talks about different angles on Christianity, Calvinism, and Puritanism.)

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  • Date: September 28, 2018, By Andrew Category - Share/Discuss

    Tomorrow is Bookclub in Longmont at Jim’s house: 2696 Beech Circle, Longmont, CO 80503 @ 6:30. RSVP

    There, there –Orange (304) a large cast of Native Americans living in the area of Oakland, California, as they struggle with a wide array of challenges ranging from depression and  alcoholism, to unemploymentfetal alcohol syndrome, and the challenges of living with an ethnic identity of being “ambiguously nonwhite.” All coalesce at a community pow wow, where a plot is underway to commit violence.

    Gilead – Robinson (256 pages)(The memories of a minister in Glead Iowa is dying of a heart condition and wants to pass along the things he has learned to his young son.  Talks about different angles on Christianity, Calvinism, and Puritanism.)

    Solaris (204 pages) – Lem (science fiction book about planet that is one organism.  Organism has the ability to cast their secret, guilty concerns into material form)

    Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley (446 pages) (Transition from prison cell to mecca; from hoodlum to Muslim minister.  How he was able to confront his rage and ultimately recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.)

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  • Date: September 17, 2018, By Erik Category - Events
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  • Date: September 7, 2018, By James Person Category - Share/Discuss

    hopefully these videos don’t offend any of the trump voters in the group.  speaking of which, robert, there are two pepsi bottles in my fridge leftover from the last time i hosted.  you’re clearly obligated to chug them on the 28th.

    -jim

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  • Date: August 27, 2018, By Andrew Category - Picks

    The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan is our new pick.

    Next club is September 28th at Jim’s house in Longmont. He is bringing the picks.

    Party on.

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  • Date: August 27, 2018, By Erik Category - Events

    I know, everyone is busy in summer, but now that it’s over, let’s rally for club!

    September’s Pick: Pulitzer Prize winning The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan, only 288 pages.

    September’s Club: September 28 at Jim’s place in Longmont.

    Mark your calendars boys and hope to see you there!

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