I like to pop up in your life when you least expect me, much like a visit from an old friend or The Herp. Here we are at the end of 2017. Now is the time when we take stock of the finished year and rate it as good or bad. We make lists of our wins and losses. I believe this exercise to be useless and without merit and thus I refuse to take part. Allow me to invite you instead to make a Book Thing with me.
I haven’t named our Book Thing yet. I don’t know the rules. I hope we don’t make many rules. Personally I’m a big fan of the 3 Rules in Willie Nelson’s Family: 1) Don’t be an A-hole. 2) Don’t be an A-hole and 3) Don’t be a $%^&(@# A-hole. Works for me. Anyhow, back to the Book Thing. I’d like to have a dangerous sounding name for our group like The Flog Party, or somesuch, that way it’s funnier when people see us and we’re actually a bunch of book-reading love bugs. That’s how I have it imagined in my brains, anyway. Does Flog Party sound dangerous? Tell me the truth.
We’ll begin with Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. The selection source will likely vary someday in the future, but for now we will choose our books from the Time Top 100 Novels since 1923. I’ve read about 75% of the books on this list. Most of them are amazing works but a few made me want to shove knitting needles in my eye sockets. You can peruse the books here:
We’ll have our first soiree on Saturday, January 27th, perhaps on Facebook live or maybe even in person, depending on the response we have to the Book Thing proposal. After that, depending on our success, perhaps we will meet every three months. We have a new bookstore in Tulsa with a private area for book clubs. They also have beverage service and snacks so I’m hoping at some point to rendezvous there. I like the idea of getting together with some thinkers. Who knows what may come of it? Something dangerous, like a big Flog Party, I bet.
Some thoughts I plan to bring to the Book Thing discussion:
*my favorite line from the book
*what was wrong with Kurt Vonnegut
*why was Kurt Vonnegut so funny and angry
*can an artist be creative and happy at the same time
*what difference does it make, anyway
*why are we here
*does Beyonce’s lemonade-cayenne cleanse also purge Jay-Z
This is my sixth Flog in the nine months since I started up the website. I hope you enjoyed perusing these collections of letters so far. Look forward to more interaction in the coming months, as well as the release of my third book, a true-crime novel that I have been researching and harboring for the past nine months, like an alien or a baby. It’s a real doozie. Be safe out there and let’s talk again soon.
Love and light,