Thursday, July 3, 2003


Thanks everyone for a great BC last night, and especially to Logan's Run for arranging for Allison to come and speak with us! Quick menu review: dalish and chunky homemade guac to start, Lasagna and oh-so-garlicky Caesar salad, and rhubarb pie and ice cream for dessert. Yum, we do it right in this book club!

So, definitely an interesting vibe having the author there. Needless to say, we did not start out by scoring the book. Luckily, most of us really enjoyed the book and so our discussion largely focused on finding out more about his influences, motivations, and why he wrote this thing or that thing into the book. Allison seemed more than willing to answer our questions, including the question of why a straight (allegedly!) man would write a book about a gay character. Although thinking back on it, did we ever really get the answer to this? Can't remember. El Jefe also doesn't know that we ever got to the bottom of why a young, straight guy like Christopher would bother hanging around a scroungy old queen like B.K. One interesting tidbit is that Allison is half-way through the 3rd BK Troop novel. Future list o' death candidates? Now, back to the voting. We did rate the book at the end after the author left, and the average score was a straight 6. Really not that bad! Red's 3 dragged it down a bit, but I don't think she let on to Allison that she would have given low marks...In fact, just got a report from Logan's Run that he called to say thanks and that he had a good time. Logan's Run, again, way to go on organizing!

Our next meeting is at The Tiger's new house, on Aug. 13th. Note this is the 2nd Wed. of the month. We're reading A Confederacy of Dunce, by John Kennedy Toole. This selection was inspired by the Doctor and me who both thought BK was a dead ringer (read: rip-off) of Ignatius J. Riley, the main character for our new book. We've also already selected the following book, Day of the Locusts by Nathaniel West. That second book is short, and should allow us to get back on track to our normal first Wed. schedule in only three weeks. Ladies, El Jefe is sad: 5 full weeks to the next BC!