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Sunday Salon: The Dad and Betty Book Club

April 18, 2009

Dad and I have always been pretty close. And as I’ve grown up, I’ve adopted many of his reading tastes. We both love mysteries. And he learned to love comic books from me and my friends, though he reads them more widely and consistently than I do.

We started kicking around the idea of reading and blogging some classic book together, just the two of us. We’ll be doing that here over the next while. We’ll be posting more or less alternating and more or less consistently, using Twitter and e-mail and talking about the book when we meet up. Discussing as we read, blogging our impressions. Reviewing, liveblogging, thinking. I hope we get a certain amount of snark and disagreement going, and can have fun with differing opinions.

After much deliberation, which culminated in a total whim by me, Dad and I are going to kick things off with Washington Square, by Henry James. It’s shortish. I’ve never read anything by Henry James before.  I vetoed Dickens. He vetoed Edith Wharton. I vetoed Trollope for the sole reason that I can’t say his name with a straight face.  His favorite classic is The Great Gatsby. I think mine might be Anna Karenina, though I only read it once, and that was in high school. I saw Washington Square on the bargain shelf in Barnes and Noble. Dad was willing to go along with it. I think it’d be a first time for him too.
I’m excited to read something that’s set in New York in the 19th century. If I’m the one picking books for me and Dad to read together, things are going to skew towards New York in the 1800s.

A word on the Betty thing. It’s what Dad calls me. Dad and nobody else.

So we’ll see if it’s fun to read together like this. I have high hopes, because if it works, it’ll give me a reading buddy to tackle the classics, and read outside my comfort zone. Might even make for some fun blog posts.

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