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Ready for August! (The month, not the jerk in the book)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:21 am    Post subject: Great crowd last night Reply with quote

Thanks to the over 60 people sandwiched between bookshelves at Magers & Quinn last night and about half of you who came out to The Independent afterwards. I had a great time. Hope you did, too. No one was redlighted, so that's a plus. (Well, Tom came close and Keith, too, for a second.)

Thanks to Jay and M&Q for the free food and treats. I had a bag of Cracker Jack at around 4am whilst watching The Lookout. Ah, the joys of over-caffeinated Moderatordom.

I'm going to reach out and befriend the oldest people I see today. Will you?

Some points from Sara Gruen:
Sara G says re the parallels with biblical Jacob story:
There are anagrams, both exact and phonetic: Catherine Hale=Leah,
Marlena L'Arche=Rachel, Alan Bunkel (Uncle Al)=Uncle Laban

There is the flat rock, the dream, the animal husbandry for Uncle
Laban, Jacob and Rachel (Marlena) leave with Uncle Al's (Uncle
Laban's) best livestock, Jacob must do an additional seven years of
animal husbandry in order to be with Marlena, he breaks his hip, etc.
Some of his children's names are the same as well.

Sara G says:
A favorite pet peeve of retired show folk of a certain age is the
claims of other folk of a certain age that they used to carry water
for the elephants in exchange for free tickets to the circus. In fact,
local kids were put to hard physical use and carried water for the
other animals in exchange for tickets, but elephants drink so much at
a single go that their troughs were filled from the water wagon or
from a fire hydrant. A bucket of water goes almost nowhere with an
elephant.

Circus fun fact: in 1929 there were 13 large train circuses in action. By 1933 that number was down to only 3. And in 1956 the last one operating (Ringling, of course) stopped and shut down in Pittsburgh.

For a different kind of "book club" watch this clip, at least the 3:30-5:30 section. One of my fave films: Kicking and Screaming (1995)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=h29FHvQQLXI&mode=related&search=
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:05 am    Post subject: Holy Book Group! Reply with quote

Jeff...
Didn't you promise the link to the church's study guide of Water for Elephants? I know it's irreverent but I need to indulge my voyeurism on this one. I've been enjoying imagining what would happen if the two book groups met together to discuss said book.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voyeurs:

http://www.umc.org/site/c.gjJTJbMUIuE/b.2123807/k.F278/Water_for_Elephants.htm

some excerpts:
Discuss the scene in the church (p. 148) where Jacob sought absolution from his “disgrace.” Do you view what happened to him in the cooch tent as sinful? If so, is there more than one sinner? What exactly is the sin or sins? Which is the greater wrong: a sinful act itself, or lying about it? Try applying this same question to a modern-day situation.


Where can you find God in this story?
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