Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 28, 2017—Bob Dylan lyrics


Next meeting is April 28, 2017, Plaza Library, 7:00p.m.
We'll be discussing lyrics by Bob Dylan.

It is suggested that our discussion will concentrate on song lyrics written by Bob Dylan by 1967 or earlier. However, there's an abundance of additional material by and about Dylan that can be referenced, including several books authored by Bob Dylan. Lyrics less that 50 years of age will be permitted (if they're good).

Wikipedia lists a total of 38 albums by Dylan (400± songs), but only albums published at least 50 years ago are included in the list below. The first album is not included because it contained only two songs written by Bob Dylan, and they are not well known. Lyrics for one of the songs on the 2nd album is not included because it was not authored by Dylan. Musical versions of many of Dylan's songs are available on YouTube, and if not by sung by Dylan there are almost always performances by other singers.

The following are links to Dylan song lyrics listed by album. 

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963, 2nd Album)

The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964, 3rd Album)

Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964, 4th Album) 

Bringing It All Back Home (1965, 5th Album)

Highway 61 Revisited (1965, 6th Album)

Blonde on Blonde (1966, 7th Album) 

John Wesley Harding (1967, 8th Album)

Here's an alternative link to a select group of lyrics:
Another alternative is this book of all the lyrics:
The Lyrics 1961-2012, by Bob Dylan

There's also this older version of the above book:

Here are some books written by Bob Dylan:
Chronicles: Volume Oneby Bob Dylan (memoir)
Tarantulaby Bob Dylan (fiction prose, lyrics & poetry)
If Not For You, by Bob Dylan (children's book)
Man Who Gave Names to All the Animals, by Dylan, Bob (children's book)
Forever Youngby Bob Dylan  (children's book)
Blowin' in the Wind, by Bob Dylan (children's book with CD)
If Dogs Run Freeby Bob Dylan (children's book with CD) 

Biography of Bob Dylan:
Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, by Howard Sounes, published in 2001, updated version published 2011

Saturday, February 25, 2017

March 31, 2017—"A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories" by Flannery O'Connor


Next meeting is March 31, 2017. We will be discussing the book A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories is a collection of short stories first published in 1955. The subjects of the short stories range from baptism ("The River") to serial killers ("A Good Man Is Hard to Find") to human greed and exploitation ("The Life You Save May Be Your Own"). The majority of the stories include jarring violent scenes that make the characters undergo a spiritual change. The short stories commonly have tones of Catholicism related to life and death scenarios.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

February 24, 2017— Native Son, by Richard Wright


Next meeting is February 24, 2017. We will be discussing the book Native Son, by Richard Wright.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Native Son (1940) is a novel written by African-American author Richard Wright. The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, an African-American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago'sSouth Side in the 1930s.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January 20, 2017— "Silence" by Shusaku Endo

Next meeting is January 20, 2017 (third friday of the Month). We will be discussing the book Silence by Shusaku Endo.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: January 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM


We are meeting on the third friday instead of the last friday because the Plaza Library will be closed January 23-27 to do RFID upgrade.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

2017 Schedule


The Schedule for 2017
January 20, 2017— Silence by Shusaku Endo
          *(the above is the 3rd Friday, not the usual last Friday of the month)
February 24, 2017— Native Son, by Richard Wright 
March 31, 2017 — A Good Man is Hard to Findby Flannery O’Connor
April 28, 2017—Selected song lyrics by Bob Dylan
May 26, 2017 Cymbeline, by Shakespeare
June 30, 2017— Palace Walk (Cairo Triology) by Naguib Mahfouz
July 28, 2017— Palace of Desire (Cairo Triology) by Naguib Mahfouz
August 25, 2017— Sugar Street (Cairo Triology) by Naguib Mahfouz
October 27, 2017— Fear and Trembling, by Soren Kierkegaard
December 1, 2017— Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
Note:
          * The last Friday of January wasn't available because the library is closed for RFID conversion.
         

Saturday, October 29, 2016

December 2, 2016—Poems by Sappho

Next meeting is December 2, 2016. We will discuss poems by Sappho. The recommended translation is If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson. However, if you are unable to obtain a copy we make the following link to translations of select poems. 

The link below is to select poems by Sappho:
http://greatpoemskc.blogspot.com/2016/11/poems-by-sappho.html

We will also select the books for our reading schedule for 2017. Bring your nominations and be prepared to explain why you selected them. Send you nominations to the following email address and I'll add them to a printed list to be distributed at the meeting.
The following are some links regarding our book selections:

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: December 2, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

Sappho was a Greek lyric poet from the island of Lesbos. She was born sometime between 630 and 612 BCE, and it is said that she died around 570 BCE, but little is known for certain about her life. Sappho's poetry was well-known and greatly admired through much of antiquity, and she was considered one of the canon of nine lyric poets. However, most of her poetry is now lost, and survives only in fragmentary form.


Monday, October 3, 2016

October 28, 2016—Dream of the Red Chamber


Next meeting is October 28, 2016. We will discuss Dream of the Red Chamber (also titled Hónglóu Mèng (紅樓夢)) by Cao Xueqin. It is considered to be one of China's four great classical novels. The following is a link to the Wikipedia article about Dream of the Red Chamber.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: October 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

The recommended translation is published as part of the Penguin Classics:
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Volume 1: The Golden Days
Paperback: 540 pages, Chapter 1 to 26 — David Hawkes, translator 
Please note that the above book is Volume 1 of a five volume series. You're welcome to read the whole series if you want to be that ambitious (total of 2,572 pages). But our discussion will focus on Volume 1: The Golden Days.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

September 30, 2016—"The Vicar of Wakefield" by Oliver Goldsmith


Next meeting is September 30, 2016. We will discuss The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith. This is a book that was widely read in the nineteenth century. THIS LINK is to the Wikipedia Article about the book.


Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: September 30, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM


Saturday, July 30, 2016

August 26, 2016 — “The Cross” by Sigrid Undset


Next meeting is August 26, 2016. We will discuss The Cross by Sigrid Undset. This is the third book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. The book is published both alone or as the complete trilogy under the title of Kristin Lavransdatter.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: August 26, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 25, 2016

July 29, 2016 -- "The Wife" by Sigrid Undset

Next meeting is July 29, 2016. We will discuss The Wife by Sigrid Undset. This is the second book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. The book is published both alone or as the complete trilogy under the title of Kristin Lavransdatter.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: July 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM