Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book #4 Shakespeare’s Kitchen

Our next read shall be, Shakespeare’s Kitchen by Lore Segal. The book is 240 pages. We'll have until Friday to get the book and take 3-weeks to read. Next chat will be
the weekend of February 19. Please post availability for the 17-21 and we'll settle on a time by 1/28.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book #4, voting

In order to keep the choices for voting purposes down to 4-5 books, I have narrowed down the selection to the following books:

a) A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
b) The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
c) Shakespeare’s Kitchen, Lore Segal
d) Babylon Revisited: And Other Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald
e) Son of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef

Remember to vote by Friday at 3pm PST. As with the last book, order your preferences (1-5). The final choice will be based on how the books score overall based on a point system of 1-5 assigned to rankings (a ranking of 1 has a point value of 5, etc.).

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Book #4

As we close one book, we open another!

The current book options are:

a) A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
b) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
c) The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

If you want to add any book to that list, submit your suggestions by Tuesday (1/18) 5pm. Voting will commence Tuesday evening after all the suggestions have been compiled, and Book #4 will announced Friday.

Machine of Death- Chat Stew

We have finished another book together, woohoo! Get ready for the next book, post to vote coming later today. For now, below is the transcript for our Machine of Death chat. It was our biggest chat, yet, and we covered a lot! Even if you haven't finished or started the Machine of Death, you should check out the discussion.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Machine of Death- Chat

It sounds like many of you are really enjoying the book, I'm glad to hear that.

Just want to remind you all that the chat is this Sunday, January 16 at 3pm PST. Please make sure that either Amanda or I have your screen name to invite you to the chat, and RSVP here if you plan to partake in the discussion.

Via Amanda, here are some things to think about for the discussion: "I'm curious to hear what you thought of the format of this book, as a collection of stories that sometimes conflict in their explanations. Which version of the story did you like the best, in terms of the circumstances of when/where one gets tested? The role of government? Cause of death as freedom versus entrapment? Focus on young people in so many of the stories? The role of irony, and the inherent ambiguity of words? Just some thoughts for our pending discussion..."

Looking forward to Sunday.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Machine of Death- good or bad?

I'm enjoying the book so far and I hope everyone else who is able to read it feels the same.

For this first discussion, anyone can respond regardless of whether you are reading the book or not. What I'd like to know is how you feel about having a machine that can tell you how you will die? Do you feel strongly that said machine would cause more harm than good, or are you apathetic? Are there advantages to knowing ahead of time how you will die, or will knowing prevent you from fully experiencing and enjoying life? Share your thoughts and opinions.

For those who are not sure what a "Machine of Death" is, it as a machine that can tell how an individual will die. The machine can give some vague cause of death like "love," or can give something more detailed like "torn apart and devoured by lions." However, the machine does not provide any time or date for when said death will occur. An individual who is said to die by "crack" might stay away from the drug only to die when a crack in the sidewalk causes him/her to stumble and crack his/her head open.