AS YOU may or may NOT BE aware, I HAVE been reading GRAVITY’S Rainbow (have you read IT? YOU should READ it! It’s GREAT! -Tony the Tiger), and while doing so, I THOUGHT “IT’D BE great to talk TO OTHER Monsters about books.” Apparently, I am NOT ALONE in this! So now WE HAVE Bookgum! Which, HOPEFULLY, will become a regular, MONTHLY gathering and exchange of THOUGHTS not unlike a juggalo meeting.
SO HOW will this GO down? I’m NOT COMPLETELY sure. In my MIND, I think WE SHOULD start with A BOOK a month (starting in OCTOBER), and THE LAST week of SAID MONTH is when WE DISCUSS the book. I would LOVE TO have a group of WRITERS, maybe rotating, WHO each will post THEIR thoughts on said BOOK and generate discussion. These could BE LITTLE, short ESSAYS or a serious of QUESTIONS/OBSERVATIONS to get the TALKING rolling. Thus, MAYBE there’s a post once A DAY for a week ABOUT DIFFERENT aspects of THE BOOK. I’d really LIKE THERE to be several people INVOLVED in the writing as DIFFERENT things always COME up and I (or another WRITER) may not BE able to CONTRIBUTE some week/month, and THIS WAY Bookgum wouldn’t DIE due to ONE person’s schedule. Obviously, THIS IS just a rough IDEA. If we feel MORE comfortable later on and have ENOUGH participation, MAYBE we could do a book CYCLE or something. Please LEAVE your comments/feelings ABOUT how this might HAPPEN below. If you’re INTERESTED in doing one OF THE write ups (or are A FAMOUS writer or SOME shit) please FEEL free to email ME (dm me ON TWITTER if you need IT).
I’d LIKE y’all to continue to LEAVE YOUR book suggestions ON THE previous POST. I’ll leave IT OPEN for suggestions FOR A week or so, and then I’ll CREATE A post where WE CAN vote on the ones WE WANT to read. The top 6 CAN THEN be made into our CURRENT list, and we’ll decide HOW to order them. WE DON’T wanna tackle something LIKE Infinite Jest right away, I think, so we’ll PROBABLY have an easy, INVITING read for the INAUGURAL entry.
Please LEAVE any comments YOU HAVE on how this might work HERE and suggestions IN THE other post. I’M REALLY hoping we can make THIS WORK, y’all. I think IT WOULD be a lot OF fun.
UPDATE: AGAIN, if you’re INTERESTED in writing, shoot me AN EMAIL, and we can DISCUSS it further. I’d LIKE THE writers to ROTATE at least somewhat IF POSSIBLE, so we’re always getting SOME DIFFERENT voices. Also, IF THERE’S ANYONE who knows how TO DRESS WordPress BLOGS up and would BE WILLING to dress THIS PLACE up (for FREE, mind you. I wish I COULD PAY you but I can’t, THOUGH YOU will get credit!) EMAIL me, and we CAN TALK ABOUT that too.