January book club: Was Elaine a feminist? How modern is “Modern Family”?, plus February’s book pick

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Feminist Kitchen holiday get-together last night at Hopfields! I found out that A) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have his-and-hers perfumes B) We might have enough softball players in the group to field a team C) My new favorite parody Twitter account is @SeinfeldToday.

Which leads us to next month’s book club topic: television!

(Yes, it’s odd that a book club is meeting to talk about TV shows, but pop culture certainly isn’t limited to the printed word, so why should our group?)

On Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. (note that this is an hour earlier than usual), we’ll meet at Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop, 1905 S. First St., to talk about everything from “Friends” (where lead character Monica was supposedly a chef, which is totally unbelievable considering how much time she actually spent in her apartment) to “Modern Family” (which isn’t all that modern when you really get down to it) and everything in between, including “Sex in the City,” “Homeland,” “Girls,” “New Girl,” “Portlandia” and reality TV shows like “The Real Housewives” series. (Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s “Seinfeld” character Elaine has come up in the past two meet-ups, and I’m particularly excited to talk about her role in that show. I haven’t seen “Veep,” but I’ll try to check out some clips before next month’s meeting.)

For February, let’s read M.F.K. Fisher’s “The Gastronomical Me.” I’ve read “How to Cook a Wolf” for another book club, but this 1943 book fits squarely in the canon of food literature that we all should read at some point in our lives. We might be moving the day of the week that we meet, so I’ll hold off on announcing a date and location just yet.

5 responses to “January book club: Was Elaine a feminist? How modern is “Modern Family”?, plus February’s book pick

    • Hey, Lauren! Yes, the club is open to anyone and we always do a little intro time at the beginning to make sure people get a chance to introduce themselves. Hope you get a chance to come by!

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