Dear readers, our whole world - yours, mine, everyone's - has been mightily disrupted with the arrival of COVID-19 and the measures taken to 'flatten its curve.' So we find ourselves without a physical meeting to have a discussion. Please, share your thoughts inspired by these books - first impressions, free-associative ideas, full-on Pauline Kael-style reviews - in the comments section.
Whatever fears, challenges or surprise blessings these circumstances have brought us, there's no disputing that it's a great time to read. Thank you for participating - your voice is very welcome.
Two more thought-provoking reads to curl up with - The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram and Orlando by Virginia Woolf!
'In The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Balinese shamanism, Apache storytelling, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand of magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment. He explores the character of perception and excavates the sensual foundations of language, which – even at its most abstract – echoes the calls and cries of the earth. On every page of this lyrical work, Abram weaves his arguments with a passion, a precision, and an intellectual daring that recall such writers as Loren Eisleley, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez.' - Penguin Random House
'How extraordinarily unwilled by me but potent in its own right...Orlando was! as if it had shoved everything aside to come into existence.'
- Virginia Woolf, in a letter to Vita Sackville-West
Genre-bending, gender-busting Orlando is an important social treatise disguised as a playful frolic through convention and social norms. Cultural phenomenon, runaway bestseller in its day and as significant in 2020 as it was in 1927.
If you read and enjoyed either of these titles, please feel free to share your thoughts with your fellow readers in the comments section! And if you'd like to be notified of upcoming meeting dates and book club-related events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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