Perhaps in anticipation of the theme for our December meeting, The Literati has gone a bit quiet. Or maybe the silence is in deference to lots of time spent with wonderful words.
Whatever the reason the root cause of the radio silence, we’re back with dates, themes, and registration for the next set of meetings.
Playing on the theme of September’s meeting (Nature), the plan is to meet at Frau Gerholds Garten and hopefully enjoy some wonderful late-summer weather. As always, a blog post with recommended resources on the topic will come out after our in-person gathering—perfect for anyone not able to physically attend, but still interested in getting the wide range of suggestions for reading, watching, and listening that always arise.
Given that the last two gatherings of The Literati didn’t happen, we’re a little behind on recommendations around the topics of Humour and Convention/rebellion. Here are a few that topped my lists.
“A Dependable Man” by Sheldon Costa, published by Electric Literature
The premise doesn’t seem like it should be funny (a grieving man, a marriage under stress, a fur-covered, feral baby delivered in a duffle bag), but it is. Darkly comical, surreally unconventional, and around 15 minutes to read.
The one hundred years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
A mix of humour and sadness, this novel weaves together the lives of teenage Lenni and golden age Margot as they paint, share stories, and figure out who they are. I absolutely guffawed and sobbed—and would say it’s the best book I’ve read so far this year.
“Why do so few men read books by women?” by MA Sieghart for The Guardian
The author of The Authority Gap examines men disproportionately reading only books written by men and how this unfortunate convention impacts women.
“Test” by G.A. Ingersoll
A decidedly unconventional short story that uses a high-school-style written test as the structure for the narrative. At less than 800 words (probably under five minutes reading time), it packs in a lot of commentary on gender roles, sexuality
I’m looking forward to getting together in person on September 1 to talk about all things literary related to ‘Nature’ (and maybe some unnatural works, too)—and then putting together a full resource list of all the great stuff we talk about!