Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mary's Book Discussion Idea

Mary suggested that we choose a book, and discuss it on-blog.  I think it's a great idea.  I had a couple suggestions for that idea.  I think if we chose a book, we could discuss it one chapter, each week, or bi-weekly... whatever pace everyone thinks is appropriate.  I could post a thread each week (for instance), of the book title, and the chapter, and folks could leaves comments.  It would have to be light-hearted I think to work.  I don't want it to come across as an "assingment", book report or mandatory.  I also think we should start with "The Family", or "Helter Skelter"... something kinda universal like that.  Lastly... I think we should wait till the membership grows, as only a portion will likely participate.
Myself... I have zero free time lately.  I bought "Squeaky" by Jess Brevin on Amazon months ago... and it's been collecting dust on my bookshelf.  BUT... I don't want to deny others the opportunity to participate in Mary's idea, just because I personally, may not be able to participate (due to time constraints).  I'll be happy to post the threads, if you guys wanna do this.
What does everyone think?  Anyone interested in participating?  Suggestions?

Like I said... it might make sense to wait a few weeks until the membership grows to introduce this idea... but, it can't hurt to get some feedback now.

63 comments:

katie8753 said...

I love that idea!! Mary good going!!!

I would love to participate!!

That's a good exercise to discuss every aspect!

But we have to have all the books. LOL

Kimchi said...

I'm in...I've read everything I could get my hands on...(not that I remember what was in them ...LOL)

katie8753 said...

Kimchi yeah!!! That's a second!! Do I heard a third???

Hooowahhh.

That'll be more fun than swimming in the cement pond. HA HA.

Seriously, I think if we all put our heads together, we might make sense of this nonsense.

Mary, great idea!! Good thoughts come from great minds. LOL.

katie8753 said...

Well can we start with The Family? If not, I'll have to go out and buy Helter Skelter again. I loaned it to someone who didn't return it, so I'll have to buy a new one.

But that's okay. I can do that. Just let me know!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I'll tell ya what... if this is something everyone is excited about, I'll join.
But... I gotta say, with my schedule... I can only do a chapter a week. LOLOL

I've already got "The Family". LOL
I actually have two. The newest version in paperback... and the original hard-back I grabbed at a yard-sale for like a quarter, just for posterity. LOLOL

Let's see what Bob, and MPaul have to say.

MPaul e-mailed me the other day, and said he had a death in the family... but, will be here to chat with us, when he's feeling up to it.

I wish MPaul, my sincere sympathies on his loss.
I lost a dear uncle just last month, and it's never easy.

Kimchi said...

Sure, after that, I got lots more in mind....I even went out and bought the one Pristash recommended...but it's fiction..good read though.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I've got "Squeaky" by Jess Brevin, brand new from Amazon... been collecting dust on my shelf for months.
We could dust that off next.
SQUEAKY IS MY FAV! LOLOL

KIMCHI... GREAT TO SEE YOU TONIGHT!!!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Paul McCartney... Good Call!!!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

You gotta love the IM sessions, when everyone's on at the same time. LOLL

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I'm going to make a sandwich...
I'll be back. : )

Kimchi said...

Paul is the man -

Kimchi said...

Right now I'm struggling with Taming The Beast - have been for a while...it can't keep my interest..but I'm game for any of them..

katie8753 said...

Kimchi, just curious what have you read? Mary, what have you read?

I've only read a few books. You've probably read a lot more than I have.

There are lots of books out of print that I haven't purchased because they're too expensive.

But I know there are some new books out that I haven't bought.

Been too busy. That's why I like talking to people on this blog. To learn. Let's find the truth together.

Kimchi said...

The one I read that Pristash recommended was "The Dead Circus" - but it's fiction...it was a good theory though.

katie8753 said...

Okay I'm a few blogs behind.

Paul McCartney IS the man!!

I've loved him since 1963 when I first saw him. He was the CUTE Beatle!! HA HA.

>>>>Lynyrd said: MPaul e-mailed me the other day, and said he had a death in the family... but, will be here to chat with us, when he's feeling up to it.

I wish MPaul, my sincere sympathies on his loss.
I lost a dear uncle just last month, and it's never easy>>>

MPaul, my deepest sympathies. I hope you're okay.

Guys, whatever book you want to start with, let me know. I'll make sure I have it in hand.

Godspeed to you all.

Kimchi said...

Everything I could find I bought...one after the other...Desert Shadows, both Nelson books, Ghosts in those hills (Emmet Harder), Manson Today, Manson, myths and music, the Railroading of CM, Squeeky, Long Prison Journey, Child of Satan, Tex's book, Q is for Quarrey, (1/2 fiction, but touched on Bobby) The Manson Files, HS, Family, Manson Love Letters to a secret disciple, but the one that touched home was called Devils Dropout - she was from my home town...and many more books - have to look at them....

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Jeepers Kimchi!!
That's incredible!!!
You'll have to be my fact-checker among other things!
Taming the Beast... That's the Ed George book isn't it?

Do you find him credible?

Kimchi said...

Sorry MPaul - I had 3 family deaths in 2010...I know your sorrow...you too Lynyrd...

Kimchi said...

Yes - it's the Ed George book -but I was told it was really written by Pin Cushion..LOL..it can't hold my interest...

Kimchi said...

Credible, no... like I said, it was really written by an inmate..

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

LOLOL "Pin Cushion". haha

Let's start with "the Family" by Ed Sanders... and go from there.

I've been wanting to read that again anyway. LOL

Two birds with one stone?? LOLOL

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I was kinda hoping Mary would show-up tonight, since this is her idea... but, I haven't seen her.
Oh well...

Kimchi said...

The part about the Family that was hard to swallow (for me) was all the voodoo and animal sacrafices...don't know where he got all that stuff from..one day I'll try and read between the lines..

Kimchi said...

But then again, I worked with a guy that rented the La Bianca house in the 70's and his wife was into that stuff and so were her friends..said they had rituals in Griffith Park, so maybe it did happen..

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Yeah... I think he tried to "spice it up" just a bit. After all, at the end of the day, he was tryin to sell copies of his book.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Honestly Kimchi... I can only guess. LOL
If 6-8 of us read the book (hopefully more), we'll get to the bottom of it!!!

Kimchi said...

I think there is a festival in Topanga Canyon every year, it's coming up...I think I'll go and meet some of the old hippies there and find out more about the Spiral Staircase...so much not known..no pictures or anything..

katie8753 said...

Kimchi, I read all that too about the voodoo and animal sacrifices. I didn't really buy all that stuff. I know what you mean.

I'll re-read it too.

It was too surreal.

Anyway, have a good night.

Love your avatar, Paul, or as they called him, Paulie!!

See you soon!!

Kimchi said...

Oh, Sanders talks about Topanga quite a bit..but around these blogs all you hear is the same old rumors, not sure how much is BS..

Kimchi said...

Yeah, I gotta work tomorrow so I should say good night too..but I'll be back tomorrow.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

You're fortunate being out there!
Massachusetts, might as well be light-years away. LOL

Besides... whenever I blog it's tough too.
It's 12:20 here already.

Us East-Coasters take a beating blogging, and re-searching this subject.
I shoulda picked a topic closer to home. LOL

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Have a Good Night Kimchi and Katie!

katie8753 said...

Kimchi, I'm so glad you're here. I think I can learn a lot from you.

"He who thinks he knows everthing, knows nothing"

Night. I look forward to hearing from you tomorrow.

Nite, nite to all. Have a nice evening.

Mary said...

I have read Helter Skelter, parts of The Family, and I currently have Manson Now and Manson In His Own Words...so, if we want to start with The Family...I am game.

X said...

I would love to participate in this too. I even have a book in mind. Has anybody read the book "Crucified: The Railroading Of Charles Manson" by Michael White? That in my opinion is 1 of the best I have read so far. I have only read a few Manson related books but I'm open to reading more.

katie8753 said...

Hi x! I haven't heard of that book. Where can I find it? Mary I'm game with the Family!

This is going to be so much fun!! But we have to decide on which book to start with first. Lynyrd...we need an intervention!! HA HA.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

HELLO X... GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE!

Kimchi recommended the book you're suggesting a few threads back, under the photo of Kanarek.
I'm interested, because, according to her post, it's based heavily around court transcripts and documents... and to me, that's as close to the truth anyone is gonna get.

We'll put that book on our "must read" list.

I'd really like to start with "The Family" first... and then at least a quick skim of Helter Skelter (to know what we're arguing against, LOL)... and we'll do "The Rialroading" third.
Fair enough?

If both You and Kimchi say it's a great read... it's gotta be worth reading!

Thanks for your suggestion "X"!
WELCOME TO THE BLOG!!!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie said>>>>
"This is going to be so much fun!! But we have to decide on which book to start with first. Lynyrd...we need an intervention!! HA HA".

Katie... We'll start with "The Family" first, since it's sort of a universal read among followers of this subject.

I'm hoping Bob and MPaul will be interested as well!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

BTW... everyone feel free to post on the older threads. I still go back, and check for new comments.

I threw up a lot of threads in one day... which (in retrospect) probably didn't give folks enough time to read and comment.
Katie pointed this out... which makes sense.
I'll slow-down the thread "barrage" a little bit. LOLOL

Thanks everyone.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...
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LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

"X"... you've been officially added to the "members list" in the side bar.
I have to admit, I was kinda hoping for a longer name to add... but, if you want just an "X"... then "X" it is I guess! LOLOL
Peace...

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Can I interest you in Malcolm X?, Racer X?, Manson X? LOLOL
I'm TOTALLY just kidding with ya!! : )
Welcome to the blog!

katie8753 said...

Thanks Lynyrd. I'll get out soon and buy the book "Railroading". Sounds really interested.

Now that's a cunundrum. With all this good reading to do, I won't have time to comment on this blog. HA HA HA.

katie8753 said...

Oops, I meant "sounds really interesting". LOL.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie said>>>
"With all this good reading to do, I won't have time to comment on this blog". HA HA HA.

Yeah, that's kinda what I'm worried about too! LOL
I have so little time.
We'll just do one chapter every week, as a new thread from "The Family"... (or, even every two weeks)LOL... and go from there.

Besides... I'm a slow reader. LOL
I always read like I'm gonna be tested afterwards... it's like, I gotta memorize every word. ... OCD, I guess.
I gotta learn to skim little bit. LOL

Everybody interested, grab a copy of "The Family", and when everyone's ready... I'll post the thread for chapter one. LOLOL

Peace...
BTW, thanks again Mary for the suggestion!

There's a statistics counter on the "administrators" "dashboard"... and so far, Mary's thread, and Katie's thread (Joel Pugh) have gotten more hits, than any other.
I'm not quite sure what that says about my ideas (LMAO)... but, evidently you guys have had good ideas... so, I'm gonna look at the cup as half full! hahaha

Mary said...

Fun! Your posts are great L/S...especially the Archie Bunker one. So, The Family it shall be.

X - any ideas where to buy the book you suggested...I have looked everywhere online and cannot locate it...see lots of reviews but no where to buy. Thanks!

bobby said...

hi all, i am interested in the book read, has it been decided which book first ?

Mary said...

Hi Bobby - I think we decided The Family.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hey Bob!!
LOVE the avatar brother!!


We're going with "The Family" by Ed Sanders... to start.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

To Everyone:
I've listed our "Book Club" officially, in the side-bar of the blog, write under my "blog greeting"... check it out!

Thanks Again Mary!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

When everyone has a copy of the book... let me know, and I'll get this underay. : )

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

It might be worthy of mention:
This book has undergone a couple (if not a few) revisions and editions.

I really have no idea how significantly different the first edition is... from say the latest edition.

I figured I'd mention that.
I'll be reading the latest edition, with the red cover.

katie8753 said...

Hi Lynyrd, that's the one I have, with the red cover.

katie8753 said...

Hi everybody. I was just going to make a suggestion. These chapters are very short. We ought to do 2 or 3 chapters at a time. There are 116 chapters and if we spend an average of 3 days on each, that's 348 days. Let's say an average of 50 comments a day, that's 17,400 comments. LOL.

We might bust the seams of this blog. HA HA.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Ya know... I dug the book out of the bookshelf (DAMN I NEED TO DUST, LOL)...
and by-golly Katie's right! LOL


Some of these chapters, are LITERALLY two pages!
(my kinda book!) LOL... but, I digress.

We'll just do 20 pages at a whack.

Which, in this book, is anywhere from 3 to 7 chapters! LOL

GOOD OBSERVATION KATIE!!!

(The first three chapters are 22 pages... that oughtta keep us busy for a week)

Nothings written in stone.
If this takes-off, and I can't put it down... we'll upgrade to 30 pages a week.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Alright... the more I think about it, Katie's observation would apply across the board to any book... wouldn't it?
I mean, a chapter could be anywhere from 2 pages to 80 pages... depending on the book.

OK... forget chapters.

Let's determine the weekly discussion in terms of pages only... regardless of the book.

I can handle 20 pages a week.

LET'S GO WITH 20 PAGES A WEEK FOR DISCUSSION AS OUR GENERAL RULE OF AGREEMENT.
(Course... if the latest chapter ends at 22 or 23 pages, such as in this case... we'll just round it up, to finish the chapter. We'll round as high as 25. LOLOL)

Peace... Lynyrd

Crap... now I gotta change the side-bar explanation. LOLOL
So, we'll be reading/discussing "20 pages each week" (up to 25), instead of "a chpater"... cool.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

...ok, things are now updated in the sidebar!

Thanks for bringing that to our attention Katie!
You are AWESOME Girl!!!
Love Ya... Lynyrd!

katie8753 said...

Okay thanks Lynyrd. That sounds good! I'm ready when everyone else is! Guys & gals, put your reading glasses on, and let the GAMES BEGIN!! HA HA HA.

(I'm talking to the "over 50" crowd. LOL)

katie8753 said...

HA HA. I love that picture of Squeaky. Pointing her forefinger up and middle finger down.

Is that a "flip off" in the Manson world??

HA HA HA.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Honestly Katie... I'm not sure.

The only time I've ever seen Lynn doing that, is (in photos) where she's wearing the red "Nuns" robe... or, as I like to call it, "The HOT little red riding hood" robe! LOL

I've seen Sandy (Blue) doing that in photos as well... but again, only when she's wearing the blue robe.

Maybe one of the more hard-core Manson followers could answer that question.

Katie's referring to the photo of Lynn, at the very bottom of the blog page.

I always just thought it meant "Lynyrd we love You"! LOLOL

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

It kinda looks like: "Don't f#ck with me" actually. LOLOL

katie8753 said...

I know we all like music. This about this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfM9gQkfwyg

katie8753 said...

Actually there's also a picture of Pat doing the a similar sign. I think it was some sign language they developed.

http://crime.about.com/od/murder/ig/The-Manson-Family/krenwinkel.htm