Are men's book clubs the wave of the future? They're lapping up all over the shores of Boston Harbor, it seems. The Boston Globe finds several to profile in a piece today:
Just like women's book groups, it turns out, sometimes they don't get around to talking about the books at all -- instead they wind up eating, drinking and talking about life's vicissitudes. But those that do get to the books have some pretty amusing criteria. Ned Pride, whose men's book group has been meeting for 16 years, explains:
And in a public list on Amazon called Books for Men (The Anti-Oprah Book Club), content seems to be king -- yes, king. Its 10 books, all by men, are particularly manly: "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway, "American Pastoral" by Philip Roth, "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
But that's just where the male book clubs start. Lately, Pride says, the discussion has gotten more serious. "The other night we were talking about evil. Drinking our red wine and talking about evil," Pride told the Globe. "We're moving into a deeper dimension. We don't want to read junk."
Photo: John Updike in 1981. Credit: Washington Post