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Dr. Joel Nash:   In Memorium
Our Book Review Blog
What is the best we've read?
all 281 Books

Dr. Ben Smith:   In MemoriumOur Previous Book Reviews:   Early 2015 - 20142012-2013
2017:  Book & Host Schedule  2018  2019  
Don Benoist:   In Memorium
Poet Laureate Reviews/Memorials /Essays
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Nabokov
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A Poem for Today (enter an integer < 180)


 
Today's Word To Live By
(fThe OED - then click on the word)
 
Short Animated History of the United States
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April Meeting in Albuquerque Journal
publicity hounds:  Blackledge, Gilbert, Genoni, Easterling

Founded in April 1993 by the wayward yet highly literate descendant of Russian immigrants, LTBC is a collection of mildly mature males meeting monthly within the confines of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA, with rare Field Trips to the outside world.  Our founder suggested we select and judge our reading material based on five criteria:  universality; insight; use of language; appeal to emotions; content.  Our founder is no longer with us and today we consider the size of the dessert portion at risk.

We are the proud guardians of The Streak.    We are the keepers of  The List.   We are the Last Thursday Book Club.



Our current book selections are available to you for each calendar year.  If you are interested in membership in the LTBC please contact any member in good standing, or the webmaster mike@blackledge.com.



Revised in early A.D. 2013 and now available to the general public - the list of Top 244 Books as selected not by some elitist "Modern Library" committee, but by the arguably semi-objective Last Thursday Book Club.
Quite a literary dilemma ... so who ya gonna believe:  Bennett Cerf's kid or a bunch of shamelessly self-promoting mostly-retired yahoos from the Rio Grande valley?
{Hint on how to answer the rhetorial question:  we also feature non-fiction, non-English authors, and non-20th Century novels in our list ...}  




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Books On The Coffeetable:  A collection of other people's recommendations and thus better than most we know about.

Awards

1]  The LTBC is one of only two book clubs honored with an inscribed rock at the base of
the Children's Peace Memorial currently located in Santa Fe, New Mexico -
although we are not officially on record as being supportive of peace.   Or children.
The Memorial can be viewed at the  Plaza Resola,
401 Old Taos Highway, Santa Fe, New Mexico (505.982.8539).

2]  The LTBC is the proud guardian of The Streak.  Our own Thomas C. Genoni
holds the unofficial national Book Club record of maintaining perfect attendance:  all Last Thursday Book Club meetings, starting from the founding meeting of April 1993 down to June 2003:  10 years plus two meetings.  This includes all Field Trips,1 all summer meetings, and even on one heralded occasion necessitated his returning from the East Coast memorial services for his mother-in-law to keep The Streak alive.  The fact that he sometimes watches NASCAR, women's billiards, and poker events and never actually completed the reading of Magister Ludi bears no relevance on his otherwise unblemished attendance record.

3]  The LTBC is one of a select 100 book clubs featured in
The Book Club CookBook
now being expanded in a Second Edition for your reading and eating pleasure.  
We have donated most of our royalties from this work to The Children's Peace Memorial.


1The Credentials Committee has determined that the abortive field trip to Taos New Mexico in October 2000 did not constitute an actual Book Club meeting in that (allegedly) only one member participated.

Darwinian Consequences:  4-30-2009
(above, standing:) Blackledge, Duff, Gilbert, Easterling, Palmer
(seated)  Gillen, Genoni, Jensen, Bousek
(missing) Ferrell, Nash, Woods

LTBC Offices for Calendar Year 2015 anno domini

Founder & Former Northern New Mexico Trip Director:    John Beresky, R.I.P.
Poet Laureate:   Keith Gilbert
 
Rookie Member:   Dick Arms (sponsored by Mike Blackledge)

as viewed below:  Old Members Never Fade, They Just Read Away -
Nancy, Don, Mike, Bonnie:  August 2010
Old Members Never Fade

Our Once and Future Pulp Fiction Filter:  Ben Smith - we love him yet
Our Once and Future Profanity Philter:  Don Benoist - we honor him still

Our Once and Futture Trivia Expert:  Joel Nash - we miss him forever

Political Correctness Monitor:  Tom Genoni
Plot Contrivance Sensor:  Mike Blackledge
Rookie Bookmark:  Dick Arms (sponsor: Mike Blackledge
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Wisconsin and Northern Minnesota Climatologist:   Don Tubesing
Former Chief Recruiting Officer (CRO) and current California Liaison:   Gary Ganong
Secretary/Webetary:  Mike Blackledge


LTBC Home Page last updated 30 December 2016