Summer Reading

Would anyone here like to join me for a Lichtenbergian / Lacuna summer reading program? I propose a Roberto Calasso summer. I purchased Ka quite a few years ago and never quite got around to reading it, so I hope to remedy that now. What brought this on is someone at my work place putting a bunch of free books in the break room. One of the them was The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony. I immediately remembered Ka and thought … ahhhh. It is time.

But this is the type of material that BEGS discussion. I propose we read Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, followed by Ka, and then The Ruin of Kasch and, finally, K. (Notice the alliteration in the titles … not sure if that’s intentional.) This would be my first reading outside of my “Native American” obsession in years.

I don’t know if there would be any interest in this here, but there it is.

For those who don’t know anything about Calasso or these works, I trust you know what a “search engine” is. Nose around a bit and see if this interests you. It’s something I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while now. Can’t wait to dive in.


7 Thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. dale on June 2, 2009 at 6:02 am said:

    I started reading Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony many years ago. I don’t know that I ever finished it, and I may have given it away. I’ll check around upstairs.

    But this would be a great book for us to read and discuss, and it might even become a basis for this mythical GHP seminar: “Myth in the Grown-Up Life.”

  2. marc on June 2, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

    Unfinished business. Why not? That’s our specialty.

  3. jeff on June 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm said:

    Okay, that’s three, so far. That constitutes a summer reading group, in my opinion. I’ll begin today. Maybe we can discuss Cadmus, etc. at the June 27 road trip. I won’t be able to make it this weekend to site around the fire, BTW. It’s our anniversary and we’re going to New Orleans on a road trip in our new car!

  4. marc on June 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm said:

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to spend the summer literally begging for discussion. Down on the court square?

  5. jeff on June 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm said:

    Checkers, anyone? Are we of the appropriate age yet?

  6. All right, got my copy. Moderate away.

    BTW, has anyone read The Elementary Particles, by Michel Houellebecq? Our botanist gave it to me to read, and it’s affecting me in ways I don’t understand. It might be a good group read as well.

  7. jeff on June 11, 2009 at 9:53 am said:

    I am having an absolutely AMAZING time reading this book. More to come…

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