2017-2018 Schedule: The Fallacy of Youth
Here at FBC we’re mixing things up in 2017. This is the year of the Long Read.
Gone are the days of books corresponding with the weekly NFL schedule. This year, we’re reading just three books—three very, very long books—and we’re reading them when we want, in whatever order we want, and at whatever pace we want. Call it Laissez-Faire Football Book Club.
So, without further ado—okay, with just minimal ado to point out that (1) Jay Cutler is out! That guy with the crazy giraffe neck and/or an untested rookie are in; (2) Adam is still not watching football; (3) Ryan might be secretly watching football, but who can say for sure—here is your 2017-2018 Schedule:
- In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust: That’s right, we’re reading Proust. All of it? Some of it? Who knows. All we can say for sure is we’re starting with the Lydia Davis translation of Swann’s Way.
- An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: According to the blurb on Amazon—and who doesn’t trust our pals at Amazon—”few novels have undertaken to track so relentlessly the process by which an ordinary young man becomes capable of committing a ruthless murder.”
- Compulsion by Meyer Levin: This is a fictionalized account of the Leopold-Loeb murder case that the Saturday Review called “a graphic and absorbing reconstruction of an infamous crime.”
Another year brings another season of not watching for NFL football — and a new set of books. This year, Football Book Club is very excited that Tom Brady will miss four games due to Deflategate. And we’re almost as excited to be reading some great titles by the likes of Roxane Gay, Don DeLillo, Elena Ferrante, and Masamune Shirow.
|Week 1||The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey|
|Weeks 2-3||Zero K by Don DeLillo|
|Weeks 4-5||An Untamed State by Roxane Gay|
|Weeks 6-7||The Regional Office Is Under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales|
|Weeks 8-9||My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante|
|Weeks 10||The Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow|
|Weeks 11-12||Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi|
|Weeks 14-15||A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem|
|Weeks 16-17||Kornwolf by Tristan Egolf|
As professional football enters its 113th season in the United States, the Patriots look to defend their title, and Roger Goodell rolls around naked in a kiddie pool full of moist, unmarked bills, Football Book Club will be breaking up with the NFL and reading the following titles — everything from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and graphic novels. Among some of this season’s highlights are Steven Millhauser’s Edwin Mullhouse, Carmen Giménez Smith’s Milk and Filth, and Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial.
|Pre-Season||Against Football by Steve Almond|
|Week 1||Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson|
|Week 2||Brain Fever by Kimiko Hahn|
|Week 3||Going Clear by Lawrence Wright|
|Week 4||Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser|
|Week 5||Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh|
|Week 6||The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson|
|Week 7||Speak by Louisa Hall|
|Week 9||The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert|
|Week 10||Milk and Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith|
|Week 11||The Case Against Satan by Ray Russell|
|Week 12||Here by Richard McGuire|
|Week 13||River House by Sally Keith|
|Week 14||How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis|
|Week 15||The Dirty Dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain|
|Week 16||The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra|
|Week 17||End Zone by Don DeLillo|
|Post-Season/Super Bowl||League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru|