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About me"Some men are like musical glasses;
to produce their finest tones
you must keep them wet."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We are a books-and-beer club in New England. We have been meeting since January 2008. The Coleridge quote above has been inspiring, and we liked B.C. Musical Glass because it sounds like a European football club. The club has no discernible rules, and books are chosen by consensus. A typical discussion among the members of B.C. Musical Glass ranges from books and beer to politics, music, movies, science, religion, Plato, recipes, our children, technology and frisbees. Sometimes a poem pops out. We enjoyed "Ichabod" from Robert Hershon’s collection How to Ride on the Woodlawn Express:

Everyone's first name means
Beloved of the Lord
or Bearer of Glad Tidings
or Valiant in Battle

except Ichabod
which means The Glory
has Departed

and must be considered
the name for the future
along with The Liar is Thriving
Unbearable Cruelty and
The Shitheads are Running the Show

“God was at last to believe in man: good and strong,
but good and strong are still two different people.”
Wisława Szymborska, “The Turn of the Century”

and something about remembering persimmons.


About my libraryOur current selection is :

Previous selections—

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Humorless Ladies of Border Control by Franz Nicolay
The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
Vacationland by John Hodgman
Artemis by Andy Weir
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Time Travel: A History by James Gleick
Borges and the Eternal Orang-utans by Luis Fernando Verissimo
The Scientist, the Madman, the Thief and Their Lightbulb by Keith Tutt
Portrait of an Artist with Twenty Six Horses by William Eastlake
The Unpersuadables by Will Storr
Snow White by Donald Barthelme
Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane by Barry Yourgrau
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
Serendipities by Umberto Eco
The Voice Imitator by Thomas Bernhard
The Martian by Andy Weir
Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald
Catching the Light by Arthur Zajonc
Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Banvard's Folly by Paul Collins
The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
The Glass Bees by Ernst Jünger
The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination by Jacob Bronowski
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Monty Python and Philosophy by Gary Hardcastle
The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon
How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
Mishima's Sword by Christopher Ross
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
River of Shadows by Rebecca Solnit
The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales
Not Exactly by Kees Van Deemter
Kraken by China Mieville
The Pseudoscience Wars by Michael D. Gordin
The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick
The Bones of the Earth by Howard Mansfield
Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser
The Age of Everything by Matthew Hedman
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Cold Skin by Albert Sánchez Piñol
Sex and Rockets by John Carter
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
Their Heads Are Green And Their Hands Are Blue by Paul Bowles
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Prisoner's Dilemma by William Poundstone
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach
War Fever by J.G. Ballard
The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich
Catapult: Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon by Jim Paul
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
A Life Wild and Perilous by Robert M. Utley
Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
Snakebite Survivor’s Club by Jeremy Seal
Lapham's Quarterly: Lines of Work
Life by Keith Richards
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
Camp Concentration by Thomas Disch
The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
A Deeper Blue: The Life & Music of Townes Van Zandt by Robert Earl Hardy
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 ed. Dave Eggers
Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
War With the Newts by Karel Čapek
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Going Native by Stephen Wright
Folk Photography by Luc Sante
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt
Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner
The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower
Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler
The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange) ed. by Carlton Mellick III, et. al.
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester
Inverted World by Christopher Priest
The Cruelest Miles by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
How to Survive a Robot Uprising by David H. Wilson
The River of Doubt by Candace Millard
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Arslan by M.J. Engh
Charlatan by Brock Pope
American Shaolin by Matthew Polly

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