October Visions

The book for October is Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne. Here’s a quick synopsis, cobbled together from various reviews:

On a remote Maine island, housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is accused of killing her rich and heartless employer, Vera Donovan. While being interrogated, Dolores details the dark and agonizing aspects of her life, centering around the mysterious death of her husband Joe and estrangement of her daughter Selena. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally and physically abusive.

The tentative date for the next NELP meeting is Sunday, October 23rd. More specifics will be posted in the coming weeks, including a discussion sheet. Any questions/comments/concerns should be posted here and will be responded to asap.

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September Recap

Hello everyone!

Thank you for such a successful first meeting. We’re so grateful for the support and interest and dedication and community and friendship that was felt this past Sunday. It’s so exciting! And such a fruitful conversation about Pullman’s The Golden Compass.

Below you’ll find a list of key words, phrases, and ideas I picked up from out first meeting, to keep your minds churning. I encourage you to post comments and questions here in this recap post, and please message me. I only wrote down so much and would love to add to the list. Thanks again!

– Russell


  • Astrology
    • monkey (coulter) and tiger (asriel) are opposing
  • Characterization
    • Coulter
      • small iota of power/agency
      • does whatever she can
      • does she actually believe in the church?
    • Lyra
      • she IS well-written
      • she is NOT well-written
      • male gaze/voice
      • androgynous
      • she works with her demon while others seem more seperate
    • The Bears
  • Literary Aspects / Themes
    • relationship to Paradise Lost
      • soaring similes
    • free will vs. destiny
      • go north = go west
      • not doing what you feel like you have to
    • dark vs. light
      • not a balance but a meddling
    • science vs. religion
      • sexuality is bad!
      • dust = sin
      • intercision, soul-splitting, release of energy
    • finding / defining yourself