Book Choices for This Friday

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis – 2016 – Nonfiction – 368p (Paperback Expected October 31st) Best-selling author Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short, Liar’s Poker) examines how a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original […]

Picks for Voting

 The Lost City of Z: A tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon (400 pages) In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The […]

Club is tonight! A Prisoner of the Caucasus and Title Story notes, by Anthony Marra, from The Tsar of Love and Techno

Quotes from this story: “Koyla was eighteen when he saw stars for the first time. It had been his first night in Chechnya.” Danilo and Kolya are prisoners of the old man, they build the landscape from the famous painting “This well, this pit has become for him a burrow. He considers the endpoints of […]

Granddaughters: Kirovsk, 1937-2013 – Anthony Marra story from The Tsar of Love and Techno

Notes, but mostly quotes. “It must be an error, they thought, a bureaucratic oversight. How could Soviet jurisprudence remain infallible if it failed to recognize innocence?” “In distant cities, they were expurgated from their own histories. In photographs, they donned India ink masks. We never knew them, but we are proof they existed.” “… he […]

“Semiliterate Gluttons” (the name of my next bookclub) – Notes on Anthony Marra: Story 3: The Grozny Tourist Bureau, Grozny, 2003

Notes and quotes, mostly quotes from Anthony Marra’s book The Tsar of Love and Techno. Here we meet Galina’s rich husband. “I spent the first morning writing Tourist Bureau on a piece of cardboard…. I taped the sign to the front door, but within five minutes it had disappeared…. After the fifth sign, I went […]

Notes on Anthony Marra: Story 2: Granddaughters, Kirovsk, 1937-2013

Hoping to kick up the conversation a bit at club next week, so I’m sharing some notes for conversation. From the Tsar of Love and Techno story Granddaughters. “How could Soviet jurisprudence remain infallible if it failed to recognize innocence?” “expurgated from their own histories. In photographs, they donned India ink masks.” “for a man […]

stuff for tomorrow!

Yo, peeps. So my address is 13630 Via Varra, but we’re in a complex of complexes. Mine is Terracina. There is a big fountain and roundabout out front and that is right where we’ll be meeting for games and hangs. Parking is to the left or right and you can park anywhere that’s open.  Club […]