The Stacks Book Club – September 2023

The Stacks’ September book club selection is Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma by Claire Dederer. Called “part memoir, part treatise, and all treat” by The New York Times, it expands upon the author’s 2017 viral Paris Review essay “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?” The book examines the age-old question of separating the art from the artist and asks us to look at what matters to us and why. It’s a passionate, personal and provocative interrogation of creative genius and its connection to monstrous human behavior, leading us to weigh moral outrage against undeniable cultural icons from Sylvia Plath and Michael Jackson to Picasso and Polanski. This book is sure to spark intense conversation and debate.

We will discuss Monsters by Claire Dederer on Wednesday, September 27th. You can find out who our guest will be by listening to our September 6th episode. If you’d like even more discussion around the book, consider joining The Stacks Pack on Patreon and participating in The Stacks’ monthly virtual book club.

LA’s indie bookstore Reparations Club offers you 10% off your copy of Monsters via this link using the code STACKS10 at checkout!
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