Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Outside reading Thumbs up!

This has nothing to so with Pi or VS. It DOES have to do with the book I need to finish before I can dive into the club reads. It's called A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke. It's the fictional tale of a Brit who goes to Paris to work with a dysfunctional French company. As the husband and I like to say around Casa Buffalo "stereotypes exist for a reason." This book is not politically correct nor is it pro-France, nor does Clarke wave his Freedom Fries. This particularly vivid passage about his Parisian neighbors had me in stitches:

I was also sick of my neighbors, as most Parisians are. I now knew every second of the morning routine of the family upstairs. At 7:00 a.m. alarm goes off, boom, Madame gets out of bed, puts on her deep-sea divers' boots, and stomps across my ceiling to megaphone the kids awake. The kids drop bags of cannonballs onto the floor, then, apparently dragging several sledgehammers each, stampede into the kitchen. They grab their chunks of baguette and go sit in front of the TV, which is always showing a cartoon about people who do nothing but scream at each other and explode. Every minute, one of the kids cartwheels (while bouncing cannonballs) back into the kitchen for seconds, then returns (bringing with it an excitable family of kangaroos) to the TV. Meanwhile, the toilet is flushed, on average, fifty times per drop of uring expelled. Finally, there is a ten minute period of intensive yelling, and at 8:15 on the dot they all howl and crash their way out of the apartment to school.

You've just made yourself a soothing cup of tea when Madame returns and gets her team of trained hippos to clean up the mess, clomping their hooves or whatever hippos have, in time to the nasal howl of some terminally lovesick French crooner. I once dared to go up and ask whether the hippos really needed to wear high heels indoors all the time, and a snooty woman in pearls slammed the door in my face.

I love this book.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Now that we have a Book Club Name...Do We a Book?

I call for an official vote on a book (or does everyone get to choose and we all take a turn?). I currently have the following on my bedside table:

There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marissa Pressl
Damned If You Do: A Novel (I can't remember the author)
The Places In Between (I can't remember the author)

I have not read the Devil in the White City or Life of Pi.
Just tell me what to read and I will get reading.
Anyone? Anyone?


Important club business:

A motion is currently on the table to amend the name of the Supercoolest Book Club Ever to reflect the strong representation and heritage of the current and former club members from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts contingent (Melissa, Arwen, the Dubyas, Chicky, Velma, et moi) and as a nod to our lone member residing in the Commonwealth of Australia by calling ourselves The Supercoolest Book Club EVAH.


God save the Queen and God save the Commonwealth(s).

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Choices! We have choices!

Okay so the choices for this month are:

Life of Pi


The Virgin Suicides

As I am not the dictatorial type, I'll let you all decide what you want to read, just leave your final selection in the comments. If we're all okay with choosing from one or two books per month, that works for me!

As you read, if you want to start an open thread about one particular aspect of the story you're reading (nice people give spoiler alerts), then knock yourself out. We should probably decide how we want to conclude- individual reviews, a mutual time to log-in and chat (drinking wine is required as is being barefoot (Melissa, since you don't drink you must eat hummus and wear a funny hat during book club meetings).

Aight everyone, start reading!

(I think I'll be daring and read both)

Friday, January 26, 2007



Hi. This isn't really a book club, per se, as clubs typically have members.

And there aren't any members yet.

Well except for me.

So, what do you think?

You in?

Hi! we have all the members we can reasonably crowd onto that contributors list for the time being (I said we'd be open to 15 members and I got a few more responses than that).
EVERYONE out there is welcome to read along with us but at this point I have to limit admin status to the people up there now.
Thanks for all of your interest!