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Books and Literature July 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

Petworth Article Club


I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a PAC. No, not a political action committee, but a Petworth Article Club.
I’ve been in a few book clubs and found them, well, boring. Either the books suck, nobody reads them, or I feel trapped back in high school English class with discussion of symbolism and character arcs. What I really want to talk about is articles, like in the New Yorker, Washington Post Magazine, Atlantic, Economist, etc. So thought I’d put some feelers out to see if anyone is interested. Here’s the concept:
1. A group of up to 6 people (that’s how many can fit into my living room comfortably) meet every month or so for informal snacks, drinks, and a chat.
2. We select 2-3 interesting articles to discuss. They can be about any topic: Mugabe’s reign in Zimbabwe, genetically engineered corn, online dating, the future of Medicare. The only rule is that the articles are available online for free, without a subscription, to read/download.
3. There are no restrictions on age, sexual or political orientation, marital or economic status, race, etc. However, we all respectfully agree to disagree with those who have differing opinions.
4. I’d prefer to keep this informal and not in a public space (which can sometimes be difficult to arrange), so am happy to host at my place in Petworth or rotate to others’ homes as appropriate. So preferably be in the local Petworth/Brightwood/Co Hi area.
So, are folks interested? If so, leave some way of me emailing you; if I get a gazillion responses, I’ll try to connect everyone to create some additional groups.

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I like this idea a lot! People are more likely to read and finish articles than they are books, and I think a good article can spark more interesting discussions. I don’t live anywhere near Petworth but would be willing to come out there (and maybe if the group gets big enough we can form a spinoff group in another part of town).

Great idea; I am interested! Message me at ariel dot voorhees at gmail 

I think this is a cool idea!  I don’t live in Petworth, but I’m not too far from the neighborhood.  I can be reached at talula[dot]popville at gmail

I like it! I’m in Columbia Heights and can be reached at jackbnimble [dot] popville (Gmail).

This sounds like a fantastic idea.  Anyone interested in starting a Shaw/Bloomingdale/Logan corollary? 

Hi everyone!
I’ll be sending you an email this weekend with more about me and a Doodle poll about some dates/times that might work for our first get-together. Look for an email from yahoo–Brandita1973.

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