Book Chat Announcement: This Town

Commentor Lahke reminded me — over the holidays, I asked about doing another Book Chat group-reading. Executive decision, next Monday, January 20th, at 9pm EST, I’m going to start talking about the first few chapters of Mark Lebovitch’s This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital. Anyone wants to can hate-read along with me.

Suspect we’ll be bored with that chew-toy after a couple or three weeks, and then I’m going to move on to Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. Which is not about getting dressed up or picking out styles — as Katha Pollitt puts it, “Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”

Nine o’clock may be a little early for West Coat readers, but I don’t wanna keep any Easterners up past their bedtime. Next Monday is a holiday (MLK Day) for at least some of us, so it’s probably as good a test as any to see if we need to switch to a different day or time.

Any questions?

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11 replies
  1. 1
    Steeplejack says:

    Will there be a test? And, if so, how much does it count toward our final grade?

  2. 2
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Read the god damned syllabus. It’s all there. Jesus fuck.

  3. 3
    cokane says:

    why torture yourself and read the town? it’s not like there’s any substance to the book

  4. 4
    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    You’re mean. That’s why I sit in the back and never “contribute” in class.

  5. 5
    Mike in NC says:

    Uploaded and read the first chapter to “This Town” on my iPad but not sure I care enough to go further.

  6. 6
    hitchhiker says:

    @Mike in NC:

    It’s a terrible book. Smarmy, smug, self-important dicks talking about each other — the whole junior high thing without the youth & the raging hormones.

  7. 7
    Yatsuno says:

    No haz book or reading device to get said book. I haz fail.

  8. 8
    Steeplejack says:


    You can download the Kindle or Nook app to your computer and read the book that way (unless you’re using Linux).

  9. 9
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Thanks, Anne! Reminder that if you’re downloading or ordering it from Amazon, click through to your account from this page so John gets a few pennies.

    Which reminds me, I have a question about how that works. Does John get a flat amount whenever I shop with Amazon through BJ, no matter how much or how little I spend — or does he get a percentage of the purchase? Not that it matters to me either way, I’m just curious.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    9 pm (8 here) is past my bed time. Also, my nappy time is from 1-2:30 in the afternoon.

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    henqiguai says:

    Monday is a holiday (MLK Day) for at least some of us, so it’s probably as good a test as any to see if we need to switch to a different day or time.

    So I’m confused. Yes, for some Monday is a holiday, but *Tuesday*, the morning after the late-night read (yes, my bedtime is around 21:30) is still a get-up-early-dammit day. Where’s the bennie of Monday being a holiday? Or is that just me?

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