By H. Harris Healy, III,
1575 York Avenue (Between 83rd and
84th Sts.), New York, NY 10028
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It is quite interesting
to find out what books some book clubs are reading for discussion
these days. The Kill Your TV Reading Group (KYTV) which meets
at the bookstore is discussing Moab Is My Washpot, the actor
Stephen Fry’s autobiography
of his first 20 years for its meeting on Wednesday, November
2, 2005. Fry’s account of his troubled youth and introspective
musings on his past is fascinating reading as he portrays himself
as an unhappy misfit in the several English boarding schools
he attended and as a more rather well-adjusted person when
he was in prison serving a sentence for credit card fraud.
All this happened before his successful completion of exams
to enter Cambridge University where he became part of a famous
group of actors which included Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson
and Hugh Laurie, and later played Jeeves to Hugh Laurie’s
Bertie Wooster in several dramatizations of P.G. Wodehouse’s
Fry shows the reader
the richness of his education through his method of expression
as he paints a vivid picture of English boarding school life
of the mid 1960’s and early 1970’s.
His mention of the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band brings forth a nostalgic
note to his English and American contemporaries. I for one
remember that group with fondness not only for their music
and satire, but also for the “cool” status it gave
me when I introduced this group to my peers at boarding school.
Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly
was recently discussed by the St. Ignatius of Loyola Church
book club. This 1928 classic is about a modern day J “saint,” J. Blue who gives away
his money to those in need, lives in a packing box on the roof
of a thirty floor New York City skyscraper, flies a kite for
recreation and talks about Jesus and life when he is back from
pilgrimages overseas… Later, he resides in Boston witnessing
to the poor. Blue is not only a man of action, he is also a
man of thought as shown by the excerpts of several of his letters.
This is a short novel of ideas and actions worth reading.
Meanwhile, on Monday,
November 14, 2005 at 3 P.M. during Children’s
Story Time, the author, Ruth Bolling and the illustrator, Tracey
Dahle Carrier of Mouse Tales: Things Hoped For, Advent, Christmas,
and Epiphany will show their book and tell their story. Autographed
copies of the book will be available. November is also a good
time to shop for the holidays. Come get your Thanksgiving,
Hanukkah and Christmas gifts. Come one, come all to Logos.
Upcoming Events At Logos
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 7 P.M., KYTV Reading Group will discuss Moab
Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry.
Monday, November 14, 2005 at 3 P.M., Children’s Story Time presents
Ruth Bolling, author and Tracey Dahle Carrier, illustrator of Mouse Tales:
Things Hoped For, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany.
Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7 P.M., the Sacred Texts Group led by Richard
Curtis will discuss the book of Proverbs, and the Song of Solomon. Bring your
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 6:30 P.M, Meet and Greet, at 7 P.M., Museum
presentations and more with the Bonnie Manter New York Network Group. Further
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 7 P.M., KYTV Reading Group will discuss House
Of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
Transit: 4, 5, 6 Subways to 86th Street, M86 Bus (86th St.), M79 Bus (79th
St.), M31 Bus (York Ave.), M15 Bus (1st & 2nd Aves.)