Existential Book Club is a gathering inspired by UPenn's experimental course on Existential Despair.
How does it work? Participants arrive at 10am on a Saturday, surrender their phone, and are given a physical book relating to the question: what does it mean to live a good life?
Then, for the next 4-5 hours, they read the entire book cover to cover, with a short break for lunch. Reading and eating will be done in silence, and there will be no checking of texts or e-mail.
Once people have finished reading, we'll move into individual reflection (hand-written writing exercises) and group discussion. The day wraps up at 5pm.
In the busyness of everyday life, it can be hard to find time to take a step back reflect, and especially hard to find time to read deep literature. We also rarely take extended periods away from technology.
With this format, you don't have to find time within your busy life to read a book throughout the month. You just need to give yourself the gift of blocking off a Saturday and showing up.
For our first event, we'll be reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller. 900+ reviews on Amazon w/ 4.5 stars.