Book Club Reading Plan

ten waysAre you joining the E2S Book Club?  As we announced last week, we’re reading Anthony Esolen’s Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child.  We’re starting this week, but we’re just discussing the introduction to give everyone the chance to order the book and read along with us.  Esolen doesn’t pull the punches–check out this zinger from his introduction:

Some years ago, American feminists, in their own right no inconsiderable amazons against both childhood and the imagination, invented something called Take Your Daughter to Work Day.  “See, Jill, this is the office where Mommy works.  Here is where I sit for nine hours and talk to people I don’t love, about things that don’t genuinely interest me, so that I can make enough money to put you in daycare.”

Whew!  Want to talk about that with us?  Here’s how it works.  For each chapter, we’ll start a new thread on our facebook page.  When you have read the chapter, join us in discussing his ideas, taking issue with his assertions, or sharing what inspired you or bugged you.  We’ll be reading a chapter each week, but you can feel free to join in at any point along the way.  Because we need accountability ourselves, we’re setting up this weekly reading plan.  Just one chapter a week is manageable, right?  If I cut 5 minutes out of my facebook checking each day, I’d have over half an hour more a week to read.

Feb 9-15 Introduction: A Bad Day for Grendel
Feb 16-22 Why Truth is Your Enemy, and the Benefits of the Vague or Gradgrind, without the Facts
Feb 23-Mar 1 Method 1: Keep Your Children Indoors as Much as Possible or They Used to Call It “Air”
Mar 2-8 Method 2: Never Leave Children to Themselves or If Only We Had a Committee
Mar 9-15 Method 3: Keep Children Away from Machines and Machinists or All Unauthorized Personnel Prohibited
Mar 16-22 Method 4: Replace the Fairy Tale with Political Cliches and Fads or Vote Early and Often
Mar 23-29 Method 5: Cast Aspersions upon the Heroic and Patriotic or We Are All Traitors Now
Mar 31-Apr 5 Method 6: Cut All Heroes Down to Size or Pottering with the Puny
Apr 6-12 Method 7: Reduce All Talk of Love to Narcissism and Sex or Insert Tab A into Slot B
Apr 13-19 Method 8: Level Distinctions between Man and Woman or Spay and Geld
Apr 20-26 Method 9: Distract the Child with the Shallow and Unreal or The Kingdom of Noise
Apr 27-May 3 Method 10: Deny the Transcendent or Fix above the Heads of Men the Lowest Ceiling of All


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3 Responses to Book Club Reading Plan

  1. Emily says:

    I’M IN!!!
    What a great idea!

  2. Kate B. says:

    I just ordered my copy and I’m excited to join you! This book looks great.

  3. Emily says:

    Hurray! Looking forward to reading with you girls!

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