Happy Solstice, everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around here lately; it’s been almost a week. It seems in the days before Xmas everything has converged, all kinds of work needing to be done, and I’ve had nary a moment for writing or reading—and not much more for sleeping.
I had been deeply into the book—really thoroughly enjoying it, discovering all kinds of interesting connections, even digging into related materials on anarcho-syndicalism, etc. I think I got through chapter 7 and then boom. Lights off. Door closed. I was suddenly needed in a different room.
It hasn’t been all bad, though. Yes, a big pile of work fell on my head. Annoying website stuff. But I also turned my attention to our next book in a major way. As some of you may know, @Jeremy and I have been getting ready to host a reading of Jean Gebser’s weighty work of historical-cultural poetic philosophy, The Ever-Present Origin.
If “December of The Dispossessed” was the beta test for this #litgeeks project, then “Winter of Origins” is going to be the “1.0” real deal. We only invited a handful of people to this, and never shared the link publicly, but with The Ever-Present Origin, we’re going to open things up.
You can learn more about Winter of Origins here. I’ll start a separate thread for those interested.
But I also want to get back The Dispossessed, finish the book over Christmas.
We dropped the ball on organizing a second hangout. That was mostly my doing, as I got completely absorbed in other work. But the good news is we’ve scheduled another hangout for next Wednesday, 12/30, at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST. (Time zone conversion.)
I hope this will give us all a chance to read to the end of the book and integrate it together.
We’re going to try a different system (not Google) for the video. Hopefully it will be easier for everyone who wants to to join. If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is sign up here.
I hope to see some of you on the 30th!
But in the meantime, I’m curious, how are you doing with the book? Have you had time to read? What have you liked or not liked? What’s been interesting or intriguing to you?
There are a bunch of people who signed up at the beginning but haven’t chimed in yet here. Are you still around?
Perhaps in the days after Christmas, more of us can catch up and interface a little.
Let’s finish The Dispossessed and round out our discussion! Gebser is coming…