Re: Book Group


I think the chapter summaries really do help getting the conversation started, the problem is just when there's a book that people feel genuinely incompetent to summarize. But I'd be interested in a Caste reading group, however we'd decide to do it.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 4:05 PM
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I don't know that they do? I feel like the generally, the quality of the post has very little to do with quality of the conversation that takes off from it. I don't totally remember our book write-ups in the past enough to say that they've held this trend, but I'm pretty sure sometimes someone has written a really great summary and the conversation hasn't happened.

Is it that we've been breaking books up into too-small chunks? Maybe only a single summary is necessary at the end?

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 4:10 PM
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That happens to great posts too. Sometimes there's just not a conversation because there's nothing to say left unsaid.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 4:17 PM
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Or we could break the book up into 3 (or 5, or whatever)-chapter chunks, and set up dates to throw up a post where we discuss those chunks, without making any one person responsible for writing an analysis or leading the discussion.

Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 4:34 PM
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Probably somebody who has read it could suggest ways to tackle it.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 5:21 PM
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Speaking as someone who has enjoyed the book group discussions but never read any of the books, I've found the chapter summaries super useful. I probably will read this one, though.

Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 5:23 PM
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I can definitely see how they can be a burden on the people who have to write them up, though. It probably depends a lot on exactly what the chapters are like (how many, how long, etc.) and the overall structure of the book.

Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 5:24 PM
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6 is me, too. I think this book seems more up my alley.

Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 12- 2-20 5:31 PM
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I'd be in. I Agree that chapter-by-chapter summaries are not great for this one,maybe split the book into 2 or three segments and discuss those.

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 12- 3-20 7:28 AM
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Yes. There are a lot of short chapters, But seven longer "parts". But some of those are probably not worth a whole summary. My quick take on a split [NB: I am not all the way through yet) would be:

1) Parts 1 & 2 (Toxins in the Permafrost and Heat Rising All Around & The Arbitrary Construction of Human Divisions)
2) Parts 3,4 & 5 (The Eight Pillars of Caste, The Tentacles of Caste, The Consequences of Caste)
3) Parts 6 & 7 (Backlash*, Awakening)

*Most relevant to the hillbillification thread.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 3-20 9:17 AM
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I would read this if it takes off!

Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 12- 7-20 1:27 PM
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