“Lord, may we love all your creation,
all the earth and every grain of sand in it.
May we love every leaf, every ray of your light.
May we love the animals;
you have given them the rudiments of
thought and joy untroubled.
Let us not trouble it;
let us not harass them,
let us not deprive them of their happiness,
let us not work against your intent.
For we acknowledge that unto you all that is
like an ocean, all is flowing and blending,
and that to withhold any measure of love
from anything in your universe
is to withhold that same measure from you.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
— Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop in Venice ( via Fictional Woods )
Frank O’Hara, “Having a Coke with You”
Thanks everyone who brought their unique perspectives on Michael Chabon’s Wonderboys in our first meeting of the Spring!
We are extremely excited to have picked The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner which is the most buzzed about book in the lit. scene at this very moment!
Our meeting will be at Lamplighter Roasting Company on Sunday May 12, 6pm. We have decided to have meetups on every second Sunday of the month.
Mark your calendars and start reading! Check the NPR review below:
Rachel Kushner’s brilliant lightning bolt of a novel, The Flamethrowers, straddles two revolutions: the squatter-artist colonization of Manhattan’s SoHo in the 1970s, and the rise of Italy’s radical left during the same period. Its young artist narrator, Reno, is wistful and brutally candid at once, with a voice like a painting — lush and evocative — but also like a scythe. “Enchantment,” she says, describing her dashed hopes after a one-night stand, “means to want something and also to know, somewhere inside yourself, not an obvious place, that you aren’t going to get it.”
Chabon on record-stores in Oakland
BOOKWORMS MEETUP: 6pm APRIL 7, SUNDAY
@ LAMPLIGHTER ROASTING COMPANY
“Thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”
— Roger Ebert, 1942-2013
April’s Book of the Month is the much-ballyhooed, much-anticipated Flame Throwers, by Rachel Kushner. GAB bookseller Louisa raved about it last winter as one of the best books she read last year, teasing everyone who couldn’t get their hands on a copy till now. Well, the wait is over.
We’ll be featuring the book throughout the month in an effort to convince you of its greatness. It won’t take much, really. Even the difficult-to-please James Wood gushed about it in a recent review in the New Yorker, calling it “scintillatingly alive.”
This is the legendary Green Apple Bookstore’s pick of the month from San Francisco’s Richmond District.
Should the bookworms of Richmond VA pick it up too?
BOOKWORMS MEETUP AT LAMPLIGHTER ROASTING COMPANY: April 7 SUNDAY 6pm
Join us for a literary discussion as we celebrate our first Spring reading of Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon and choose our next book of the month.
Shakespeare & Company, Paris (image source: http://wandafulworldofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/shakespeare-and-company-bookstore-paris.html )