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We should start a bookclub, really (and yes, believe it or not this is Paul Westerberg related)

By 25.Aug.07August 11th, 20086 Comments

I spent tonight reading Milan Kundera’s Ignorance (because I have to discuss it in bookclub [Wolfdogg is in the club] tomorrow) and catching up on some blog reading. Yes, it’s a sexy Saturday night in Minnesota.

During my online catchup, I stumbled upon Joshua Furst’s Book Notes essay about his novel The Sabotage Cafe.

Can I just say, based on the playlist Furst created for the novel, I think we should all read it? Of course I can say it. That was one of the dumbest sentences I’ve ever read. Anyway, the playlist includes five or so songs by The Replacements, Husker Du, Tom Waits, The Clash, and well shouldn’t we as Westernerds support any author with such good taste in music?

Hell yes we should. But more than that, Furst writes over at Largehearted Boy

The first thing you should know about The Sabotage Café is that it takes place in Minneapolis. Every scene in the book is affected by the mixture of stoic endurance and landlocked despair that makes the upper Midwest such a complicated, moody place.

So come on, let’s read it! Or I should say, I’m gonna read it, you should too so I can have someone to talk to about it.

I don’t know about youse guys, but I’ve already ordered the book (it doesn’t actually come out until Tuesday, August 28).

I think we should all read it and then we can come back here and discuss it. How much fun will that be? (I am being sincere here). We can consider it practice for The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History, which comes out in November.


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