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What Have We Done to the Earth? On ‘The Sixth Extinction’

By Adam Boretz 1. I never cease to marvel at the human ability to ignore inconvenient truths. Present us with a fact that is not to our liking — smoking cigarettes causes cancer; it’s pretty much impossible for an invading army to win a land war in Afghanistan; the music of Bon Jovi is simply […]

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Bad-Ass Beatific Yawp: On ‘Milk and Filth’ and ‘The Case Against Satan’

By Rob Casper First off, the Packers. My sister and her sons went to last weekend’s game, and she consoled them after the loss — to the Lions! — by saying at least they’d seen some crazy football in the closing minutes of the game. But still…now they have to beat the Vikings (the Vikings!) […]

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Jumping the Rails: On ‘Slade House’ and Not on ‘The Sixth Extinction’

By Ryan Joe I decided to make like Colin Kaepernick’s career and jump the rails. Instead of reading this week Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction — which I’ve every intention of reading — I picked up David Mitchell’s Slade House. I grabbed Mitchell’s haunted house/Hansel and Gretel fairy tale at the behest of our friend Chandler, […]

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Circling Around Something Abstract: On ‘Speak,’ White Space, and What We Do When We’re by Ourselves

By Dan Bjork I spent around 90 minutes last Wednesday night (November 4th) on Periscope watching a man and his girlfriend give a tour of their apartment. I don’t know either of them, or rather, I have a pretty good feel for them — I was watching because I already felt like I knew them […]

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Coming Home Again: On Books, Travel, Life, More Books, and the Green Bay Packers

By Rob Casper I feel like I need to write my fellow FBC folk an apology note. I did not mean to be absent; in fact, over the course of the first few weeks I realized how invaluable reading you and writing to you could be. But then my life overwhelmed me: five trips in […]

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Book 10: Carmen Gimenez Smith’s ‘Milk and Filth’

This week, Football Book Club is reading Carmen Giménez Smith’s Milk and Filth — and posting about Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction and Speak by Louisa Hall. Milk and Filth is Giménez Smith’s fourth book of poetry — she has also written a memoir and several chapbooks and edited a fiction anthology — and was […]

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The Joys and Perils of Math Rock: On Rush, Guns N’ Roses, and ‘Speak’

By Adam Boretz Let us begin our discussion of Louisa Hall’s Speak by quoting Ryan Henry Joe: Here’s my fucking problem though: Individually, each subplot is a drag. The narratives work well only as pieces of a puzzle, and the character arcs really overextend themselves. Yeah, okay, Mary misses her dead, soulless dog and is […]

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Shit Needs to Go Down: On AI, Speech Technology, and ‘Speak’

By Ryan Joe 1. When your team sucks, there inevitably comes a point when you treat the season as a curiosity, like a mutated animal floating in a jar of formaldehyde. How did this happen to you? (Owner abuse.) Was there any chance that you would have lived? (No.) What does the future hold for […]

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Book 9: Elizabeth Kolbert’s ‘The Sixth Extinction’

This week, Football Book Club is reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s bestselling The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History — and posting about Speak by Louisa Hall. In The Sixth Extinction, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was one of The New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of the Year, Kolbert explains how we — the human race — have dramatically altered […]

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Lighting Up: On Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

By Adam Boretz Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts — a work of “autotheory” and a memoir of sorts — pretty much destroyed me. I loved the fragmentary, mosaic storytelling — which Dan described in his great post from earlier in the week — but more than that, I loved the way Nelson’s prose affected me. While reading The Argonauts, I […]

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