“He ain’t got no culture,” my PawPaw used to say when it came to a person lacking in intellectual sophistication.
Often when engaging with folks on topics relevant to today’s current events–gender, race, sexual identity, our place in history–I think: if only this person had read some books, they’d be way more informed on this topic. And I don’t just mean history books and collections of facts. Indeed, fiction can give us great insight into the fears and desires of our culture. Since novelists are “only writing stories,” after all, they are often able to speak the consciousness of a culture more freely.
That’s why I’m starting the Get You Some Culture Book Club!
The Get You Some Culture Book Club will operate on a three-month semester model, with one primary work assigned each month. Each semester will be organized according to a theme. There will be no tests and no grades, but there will be lots of learning! The book club will entail the following elements:
- a monthly message from Lux featuring an introduction to the novel of the month, study guide/discussion questions, and links to a handful of optional secondary readings
- a monthly live call in which all members hop on for an hour of delightful intellectualism and the occasional dirty joke
- a Facebook group featuring discussions lead by me and my moderators
Through those many long years teaching English, always in the back of the class I’d find two or three students nodding silently. I certainly look forward to sharing some of the works that have changed my life with an entire group comprised of nodding students who get it!
How much will membership in the Get You Some Culture Book Club cost?
Consider it a college course with none of the stress but all the education–taught by your favorite feminist stripper with a PhD!
Many of you have told me–I wish I had you as my professor. Well, here’s your chance.
Want to feel like more informed on issues rocking our world? Want to hear stories from women of many colors, nationalities, backgrounds? Want to read riveting powerhouses of literature and have deep convos about books with friends? Want to make more smart friends? Sign up now!
Class starts in February.
For our first semester, our theme is INHERITANCE.
Our three primary works are:
Beloved, by Toni Morrison Comfort Woman, by Nora Okja Keller Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison
This semester, we will consider the ways in which the past informs our present–and indeed, our future. From the perspectives of three different female protagonists–one a former slave struggling to navigate a changing world, one a “comfort woman” (a woman forced into prostitution) in World War Two Korea, and one a “bastard” daughter from the wrong side of the track in the Deep South– we will explore how the cultures of our ancestors informs the society we create today.