I went out on a limb recently and placed an add on my local Craigslist page to see if any like-minded miscreants wanted to start a book club with me in my neighbourhood. As a result I met a co-conspirator named Kevin who came up with this great ad for our fledgling club that we can put in a few local coffee shops;
It's kind of cool really, as I have been lamenting the absence of the type of connections I had in days of yore; basically people with a wide array of interests willing to shoot the breeze about life, the universe and everything. It felt a bit risky putting the add out, though I am glad I did this and embraced a new way of finding kindred souls in the 21st century.
I am eager to see how my little experiment to start a book club from scratch will pan out. I am off to a good start really, and have already increased my group size by 100% (seeing as there are two of us now) and I am confident that beneath the orderly facade of where I live there are other like minded souls willing to read, talk and be inspired by the exchange of ideas.
FYI - the genesis for this idea happened a few months ago when I overheard two women conversing at a local coffee shop and I became mildly distraught over the commodified and purely transactional nature of their discourse (link here for my earlier post "Coffee Talk & Glossy Pamphlets") and I made a vow to wage personal war against relational mediocrity and find a meaningful way to simply connect with others over the love of ideas.