Book Clubs

With Sarah McNally

Monday, May 5th at 7pm.

"The surface is enthralling as narrative. It is impressive as writing. But above that surface is the aura that I spoke of, intangible and powerful, bringing to mind one of those clouds that you have seen in summer, close to the horizon and dark in color and now and then silently pulsing with interior flashes of fire. And that is the surface of the novel that has filled me with such excitement. ...I suspect that a good many people will read this book and be enthralled by it without once suspecting that it contains a mirror of what is most terrifying and cryptic within the Sahara of moral nihilism, into which the race of man now seems to be wandering blindly."

- Tennessee Williams on Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky.

With Matt Pieknik
Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm.

"Mandel, Harvey, Brenner, Graeber, and Jameson operate on world-historical scales, moving from Babylon to Brooklyn, from seventeenth-century British farm exchanges to the high finance of London’s Paternoster Square. Central to their projects is the question of what has gone wrong with capitalism since the early 1970s. ...By putting capitalism back into its fuller historical context, they help remind us that—contra the famous catchphrase of Margaret Thatcher—there is an alternative.'"

- David Marcus for Bookforum on Benjamin Kunkel's Utopia or Bust.

With Kevin Cassem
Matthew Wagstaffe
Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm.

"Cruel Optimism is less brutal analysis than a dark, lush still-life of American fantasies and our quixotic lunges toward them. An affective portrait of the 99%."

-Caitlin Hu for Bitch Magazine on Lauren Berlant's Cruel Optimism.

To prepare, please read chapters 1-3.

With Carly Dashiell

Thursday, May 8th at 7pm.

"Who do you serve? Do you serve somebody?
I serve the poem, no one. "

- From Alice Notley's Disobedience.

"She seeks to establish or continue no tradition except one that literally can’t exist — the celebration of the singular thought sung at a particular instant in a unique voice."

-Joel Brouwer for The New York Times on Alice Notley and Disobedience.

With Fiona Duncan

Monday, April 14th at 6pm.
- From Daniel Clowes' Pussey!.


With Holly Howard

Tuesday, March 11th at 7pm

"Start with your audiences and their needs, then introduce yourself as a catalyst for helping them meet those needs, and a story instantly begins to unfold: Multiple characters and, most importantly, your audiences in a starring role. Conflict between your audience’s desires and their current state. And a plot or journey that you invite them to join you on to reach those desires."

- From Jonah Sach's Winning the Story Wars,.

With Javier Molea

Friday, Mayo 30th,


Although Blanco nocturno on the surface appears to be a detective novel, Piglia has given himself the challenge of writing a work of fiction, where what is important is the exploration of what is left unsaid, of what is hidden, but not with the objective of resolving a crime, but rather of understanding—as with all great fiction—the complex machinations of human behavior. 


Marcelo Rioseco

University of Oklahoma