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Essays anyone?

Postby c-dog » Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:34 am

So I recently became a member of an Essay Club - we get together once a week and discuss an essay someone has selected. The coolest part of it is that it's held at the Kerouac House in Orlando - he actually lived here with his mom when he On The Road was published and he also wrote Dharma Bums at the house. But, I digress. My question is, does anyone out there have any essay suggestions for the club? The one we are reading this week is "Consider the Lobster" by David Foster Wallace.

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Postby grant » Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:54 pm

Check out back issues of Granta for the one called "Confessions of an Ecstasy Eater" (or maybe "Confessions of a Middle-Aged Ecstasy Eater"). It's by this dude, a respectable member of whatever community, who gets his 20-something son to score MDMA for him. Because he likes it.

It seemed really interesting at the time, and probably remains so.

He was anonymous, but I think was outed in the press a month or so after the thing was published.

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Postby Squid » Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:41 pm

Oh SNAP. I remember that one, Grant! I can see the cover in my head. I loved that essay.

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Postby c-dog » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:24 am

I'll look for that - just the type of thing I'm looking for. Last week we read an essay that was in the NY Times magazine about middle-aged hipsters.

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Postby grant » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:09 pm

My... my people. What will become of us?

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not big on essays, but

Postby the hutch » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:17 pm

If you're into James Joyce, there was a tasty essay in the American Scholar, summer of '04 by Sam Anderson called Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Joyce.

btw, the lobster article is interesting. I'm not sure I would describe a lobster as "sentient", as in "I think, therefore I may be a lobster".

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Postby grant » Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:28 am

You have never crawled through their vast submarine capitals, or attempted to work their crustacean machines, or worshipped their savage, horn-shelled gods.

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Postby grant » Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:29 am

You should totally do a web trawl for some H.L. Mencken, by the way. Man was brilliant.

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Postby c-dog » Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:37 am

grant wrote:My... my people. What will become of us?


According to this article you wear $600 jeans and take your babies to bars - but for afternoon playdates - at which you may enjoy a beer while your babies enjoy....jukeboxes?


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