September 2013 Meeting: Bootleg @ China Gourmet
Sue’s Sunday Spa Day moved to a Tuesday Night on the Town
Sue, Shelley, Mary, Karen S., Viviane, Katie (& almost Angelika)
BEST IN SHOW: the restaurant sound track cracked us up & interrupted us the whole time – was Liberace the DJ? Sampling: Lara’s Theme (Dr. Zhivago), Sunrise/Sunset, The Honeymooners, Born Free, Seasons in the Sun, & more!
PICK: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Mary picked this b/c she was intrigued by the cover; she loved the MAGICAL SURREALISM of the circus tents; and enjoyed how the magicians were doing ‘real magic’ but trying to make visitors think it was all stage illusions (irony).
COMMENTS: (well, ~65% of a rather dynamic exchange)
-many of us loved it; some glad to be ‘forced’ to read it since it was the book
-it was a book about SETTING: interactions of parts, development of, magical dreaminess within & in contrast to harsh realities or plain confusion/boredom in real world (Bailey) -> changes to the setting = changes in the plot
-theme: nature vs. nurture
-theme: time controls us though we try to control it in fancy ways
-theme: balance in life is important – (positive)complementary creations in the tents vs. manipulating Celia & Marco to over-balance/outreach one another
-theme: what you choose to see or not see – father fading = couldn’t stand the sight of himself & his ‘career’ was adding ‘up’ to failure after all; architect relished the design process but didn’t look too hard @ infrastructure or funding
-Night Circus followers (red wearers) were like Steampunk Deadheads
-reading the book is like [listening was equally good]:
…going to a different country & coming back in a bit of a happy fog
…spun sugar; it’s a rich experience that quickly melts – did the sweet, ethereal pleasure actually happen? hard to recall for sure…
we got nowhere despite long discussion except that Anthony Hopkins is Prospero, the mean dad
DINNER: a perfect melange of shared dishes w/surprising elements; and a perfect amount of leftover options to send home with everyone
DESSERT: Mary brought apple pie to the restaurant. Katie did her best to eat 285% of the giganto pie herself. Thanks, Pie Slicing Team.