Apologies to anyone who is getting this twice! Want to maximize exposure n'stuff!
I know a lot of people feel like a Badger Book Club would be biting off a bit more than we can chew time wise and I was thinking about ways to perhaps mitigate this and came up with the wacky idea of forming a Badger Short Story Club.
Short stories are, ideally, supposed to be able to be read in one sitting (per one E.A. Poe anyway), which might help with the time constraint thing.
The general idea being that every month or so, we pick a particular short story and have everyone share their thoughts great and small on same by a particular day. (Or whenever you have time to share thoughts - this being the beauty of having such a thing online and being able to revisit whenever.)
Questions to ponder for stories could include things like:
1) How did this story make you feel?
2) Did you like it/hate it/indifferent it?
3) What character do you identify with most? Why? Least? Why?
4) What do you think of the author's writing style?
5) Can you compare the theme of this story with a political/social event or a popular movie?
(These are just a few ideas of things to spark discussion.)
I'd also be interested in peoples ideas for stories to read! misplacedmind
has already come up with one that you can download for FREE online (meaning there is as little trouble as possible getting ahold of it) which I figure can be our first try if people are interested.
The story is entitled "After The Seige" and is writen by Cory Doctorow. It is from his 2007 short story collection called Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
and is available for download here: http://www.craphound.com/overclocked/download/
I figure if people can have it read by the end of March - that would be a good goal to shoot for.
Other possible authors to explore could include
and a host of others ...
or even short stories written by people from within our ranks that they would like others to read!!
I really want people to make suggestions! Anything goes as long as it falls into the short story category! (I reckon good essays would be fair game as well!)
I figure this could be a fun and interesting thing to do ... and hope others among you will as well.
I've cross posted about this on Facebook and on mine own lj if you're happier posting there.
EDIT: Author suggestions from comments (and who suggested 'em)
- Tobias Wolff (suggested by drewmg