Welcome to the world again. Now that you’re here, do you like the way you move?
–Johnny Blackthorn, “Into the Madness”
Quite a lot has happened in the literary world during The Great AngelSpeak Hiatus of 2011. Jennifer Egan not only won the much coveted Rooster (as predicted by Kerry at Hungry Like the Woolf), she also won the Pulitzer for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad; Tom Franklin won the LA Times Book Prize for his mystery/thriller, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter; and a British library took the plunge and paid £32,000 for the email archive of poet Wendy Cope.
Ironically, I did run in to novelist Tom Franklin in the chips and beverages aisle of our local Kroger the other day. Unfortunately, he was alone and not surrounded by other thinkers and artists of our community, and he didn’t have time to engage in a political discussion. Alas. Kroger is probably not the best location for the revival of the Blue Stockings Society. And so I left thinking that someone should really write a how-to on starting and running a modern-day version of the 18th century salon. Finding no one in the meat department, I’ve opted to attempt it myself.
Reviving the Blue Stockings Society in the Postmodern Era, or
How to Have an Intellectual Conversation, In Person and On a Regular Basis, with a Group of Interesting and Witty Individuals