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Subject: I think this list fits our needs!
Date Posted: 10/11/2012 12:58 PM ET
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Kristin K. (escapeartistk) wrote out this beautiful plan, and I really like it. As she notes, items can still be shifted around a bit. Here's her idea:

     choose two categories from each section below.

 Best-kept secrets--espionage

                                 nom de plume

                                 a less famous work by a famous author

Fantastic!--magic realism

                   ghost story

                   folklore or fairy tale (collection)

Get inspired!--work that inspired the writing of others

                         made into film

                         spiritual

Non-traditional canon--black/African-American

                                          feminist

                                         GLBT

Transported--travel writing

                        transportation

                       passion (love story/erotica)

                      spiritual

Special topics--Russian lit

                            post-colonial/modern classic (1940-80)

                            "gonzo" writing

                            banned book

 

Comments?

                                                                                                                              Rose

 

 

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 10/11/12 12:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/12/2012 12:59 AM ET
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Welllll, I've already started making selections based on this list, so of course I vote for it.wink

Date Posted: 10/12/2012 4:38 PM ET
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The range of the list is really wide, even before adding the freedom of any Challenge participant to 'interpret' the categories idiosyncratically and to exercise his/her individual discretion as a serious reader.   I believe I could work with this list . . . . although I'm still a bit mystified about a "spiritual" selection. 

Date Posted: 10/12/2012 5:10 PM ET
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Being an atheist, I guess I just don't get 'spiritual' literature.  I don't think it should be put under two categories. That seems to lend it some special significance.

Since I really don't subscribe to the idea of the supernatural and find stories of magical realism, ghosts, etc. to be absurd. Perhaps we could broaden the 'Fantastic' category to include myth and 'absurdist' fiction.

Perhaps 'spiritual' could be take out of 'Transported' and Stream of Consciousness put in its place.

 

Date Posted: 10/12/2012 6:29 PM ET
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Never heard of gonzo writing.  What is the definition?

Personally, I find inappropriate the genres listed under Non-traditional canon.  For many years numerous books in the genres of African American, feminist, and GLBT have  been in the mainstream canon.

Just my 2 cents.

Thanks.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/12/2012 6:46 PM ET
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Oops! I hadn't noticed I had listed "spiritual" twice. I'll remove  it from the "transported" category.

As for what "spiritual" means, I interpret it to include books on belief systems, or concerning people who live/d in a more spiritual (saintly?) manner.

                                                                                                                                                            Rose

Date Posted: 10/12/2012 9:34 PM ET
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Personally, I find inappropriate the genres listed under Non-traditional canon.  For many years numerous books in the genres of African American, feminist, and GLBT have  been in the mainstream canon.

 

V -- your point is well taken. How would you re-word the category in order to focus on the mentioned genres: Black/African - American, feminist, GLBT?

 

J

Date Posted: 10/12/2012 9:44 PM ET
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Janet, "Other Genres" would work.

Date Posted: 10/13/2012 1:30 AM ET
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I agree that "Other Genres" would work.

I appreciate these helpful comments!

                                        Rose

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 6:19 PM ET
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I'm an atheist, but I suggested spiritual as a category to challenge myself to read some influential works that I might otherwise miss- Milton, Dante, C.S. Lewis, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Pilgrim's Progress... or you could interpret it as a book about a spiritual journey, something like Siddhartha, The Brothers Karamazov, The Chosen, A Passage to India, The Death of Ivan Illyich...

 

I like the list we have but it will probably lead to me reading more than 12 books for the challenge since I won't be able to pick just 2 from each category.

Date Posted: 10/17/2012 2:11 AM ET
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Sevenspiders, there is nothing wrong with going beyond a challenge!

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