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10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries according to a conservative group.

Anyone wanna join me?

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From: jenny_i_read Date: February 19th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would this just be a discussion group? Not sure I have the intellectual chops to provide any insight, but it would be interesting to listen in on the group none the less.
gkr From: gkr Date: February 19th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not for us to give insight, but instead for us to learn ideas the conservatives don't want us to learn.
burgunder From: burgunder Date: February 19th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, not a discussion group?
gkr From: gkr Date: February 19th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It should be a discussion group. We must make sure to discuss whether or not we're learning truly dangerous ideas! And if they aren't dangerous, we should seek out new life, and new civili… wait, that's Star Trek. If they aren't dangerous, then I'll be kind of stuck myself.

Insight is optional. Nice, but optional.
burgunder From: burgunder Date: February 19th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be interested in joining for some but not all of the books. You going to do them one at a time?
gkr From: gkr Date: February 19th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yah. I'd guess about bi-monthly, but I hadn't really thought that far ahead. People got a lot of other stuff to do, so pushing a lot of heavy reading ain't gonna make folks want to participate.
burgunder From: burgunder Date: February 19th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. I'll count myself in on a book-by-book basis.

Thanks for arranging this!
From: amare Date: February 19th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I would love to participate. :)
evillinn From: evillinn Date: February 19th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
God damn I want to do this.

I'm just not sure I could keep up with it, considering the amount of school work I'd have to balance it with.

Could I participate as able, or would you want more of a commitment?
gkr From: gkr Date: February 19th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You must commit to reading at least 82 pages per day or we will take away your hip progressive card and replace it with Folgers Crystals.
From: dyann Date: February 19th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am into it. It will motivate me to read more.
paxamillion From: paxamillion Date: February 19th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not much af an intellectual, but a couple of those I've had past interest in checking out.

Could be interesting.
h2so4 From: h2so4 Date: February 19th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've already read 4 of the top ten but since I'm looking for more books
to reach my 52 for the year, I will add the 6 I haven't read to the list.

Jim G
sirensanssmile From: sirensanssmile Date: February 20th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
The Feminie Mystique.... OOOooOOoooOooh scary dangerous. It suggests women think for themselves? OohhH Look out!
I have read some of those books already and am willing to find others that I haven't but there are a few I am not touching.
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: February 20th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm in!

We could make it a costume party too. Especially for Kinsey...
geekalpha From: geekalpha Date: February 20th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I would be down with it. This sounds like fun.

I guess someone would have to work out the details though, like which book or books would we or some of us read, and when we would discuss it.

Anyway, I am always up for dangerous ideas, even though I suspect that I would find some of the books less interesting than "dangerous." I think I would still be interested in what those that would suppress those voices must fear.

The very idea that thoughts or ideas should be supressed annoys me thoroughly.
gkr From: gkr Date: February 20th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I must point out that they list these books as harmful, but they also provide links to purchase said books on Amazon, with requisite referral fee going to their organization.

They are doing more to sell these works than I would do for an Ann Coulter book.

I figure I can organize it. I'm going to dig up some info on availability of cheap editions as well as guides and criticism of the material. I can throw a poll up as to what book to start with, or just pick one. For those who are local, I'll also put together a reading discussion with food as well.
geekalpha From: geekalpha Date: February 20th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'll email the webmaster and ask if they have package deals for the whole set.
sirensanssmile From: sirensanssmile Date: February 21st, 2007 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe you uttered that obscenity (An* Co*lter)
webcowgirl From: webcowgirl Date: February 20th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Good list, I should catch up on the ones I haven't read

Interesting - I'd consider this "The 10 Most Influential Books."

What a bunch of ridiculous arguments they have in their "descriptions!" Does anyone really care who Betty Friedan slept with, anyway?

I think for your reading group you might want to skip the Chairman Mao book - the slogans don't have a lot of other content, is my recollection.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: February 20th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in.

But I'll bet Charles Darwin is sad that he's been knocked out of Top 10 contention.

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