I showed up on time(!) for the 6:30 book discussion today at Goodman Library. Of the ten people there, five had the clarity and literacy of college faculty. They were all women, at least forty years old and half over sixty. The moderator steered us like a, re-asked questions when the group wandered, pulled in people who weren't speaking, and at three points asked follow up questions to what people said.
Our book was The Political Mind by George Lakoff. Here Lakoff builds on his thesis from Don't Think of an Elephant, namely that Progressives long for a nurturing mother to fix problems but conservatives prefer a stern father, Lakoff made this one a more practical guide, and more optimistic.
I'm very excited by the group's intelligence and ability to stay on topic. They've read many of my favorite books. Most were familiar with Chris Hedges War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and also Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine.