Prose Before Bros Society Meeting 1.11.12

After realizing only one of us completely read Writing Movies for fun and Profit all the way through we talked about: hate watching television, speculative penis sizes, and Ruby the Dog’s need to be a reality television star.

Next Book: Swimming to Cambodia

juliavickerman:

The Prose Before Bros Nonfiction Society getting hella intellectual with David Foster Wallace and hotdog flavored Cheetos.

juliavickerman:

The Prose Before Bros Nonfiction Society getting hella intellectual with David Foster Wallace and hotdog flavored Cheetos.

So sorry we havent been posting.  All us ladies are super busy.

The last book we read after reading “Stiff” was my pick, “Moonwalking With Einstein:The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” which was a truely remarkable book.  Although the technique described by author Joshua Foer cannot be applied to something like “remembering where you put your car keys” or conjuring missing childhood memories, it is incredibly helpful for remembering lists, dates, names-to-faces, and study guides.  If you are in school, I highly recommend picking up this book and refining your memory skills.

The current book our growing book club is reading is Julia’s pick “Consider the Lobster and Other Essays” by David Foster Wallace.  An excerpt from one of Amazon’s reviews describes David’s writing style and a bit about what to expect from the book:

"…Like Infinite Jest (1996) and A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (1997), this collection showcases Wallace’s love of language, emotional IQ, and curiosity about the world (and the starlets who populate it). His trademark footnotes, essays in themselves, rarely fail to entertain—if you can follow them. But a few critics ask whether this collection exhibits more high jinks than actual intellectual insight; the arrows and boxed comments in the essay “Host,” for example, may just obscure a Very Important Point. But that may be the point—to get you thinking about much more than the lobster.”

I’ll try to keep this tumblr more up to date and add in some thoughts and reviews from our meetings.

Second Book: “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach

jprescott:

LADIES NIGHT

Erin Pearce, Julia Vickerman, Tracy Palmer Wise, myself, Kelsey Abbott, Anastasia Louise Porter, Mandy Wulwick, and Sam Brown’s feminine side all got together to have the first meeting of our new non-fiction book club. 

We started out the night feeling like bad-ass intellectuals, discussing the historical ties to Imperialism in regards to Hawai’i, discussing what we liked and disliked from Sarah Vowell as an author and other things that would probably find a home on a KCRW broadcast. 

Then, as quickly as we established our well-read-ed-ness we tore it down by a quick visit to Bigfoot Lodge where we turned into a bunch of “Woo girls.” (You know the kind. SAM: “Hey there’s my girlfriend’s book club” US: “WOOOOOO!!!!1111”) As it turns out, when more than 2 women get together and alcohol and other substances are present, no one is immune. These are the 3 best pictures that belong in the “After” pile to our night. I want many many many more of these in the future please, thanks.  

Our first book: “Unfamiliar Fishes” by Sarah Vowell