For Your Consideration: Pitchers & Poets Reading Club

Not since German blacksmith and noted beard enthusiast Johannes Gutenberg (pictured) introduced movable type to the entire world has said world been so excited about reading as it is today. For today is the same day that our Brothers in Literacy, Eric and Ted of Pitchers & Poets, have announced the first book to be read as part of their very exciting Pitchers & Poets Reading Club.

Although reading is difficult, and is actually used as a form of punishment in much of the country, it’s made slightly easier when done under the threat of peer pressure from totally faceless, and otherwise anonymous, virtual friends.

Are you the sort of person interested in details? These are they, courtesy the aforenamed Eric:

As a part of the reading club, we’ve invited some friends and fellow baseball writers to join us as we work through [Chad Harbach’s] The Art of Fielding a few chapters at a time. We’ll discuss the book, our feelings, and whatever else comes to mind as we move along, and hopefully generate conversation with you — the readers — who will read along with us at home. The plan is to read a certain number of chapters in a given time period with everyone tagging along, and at the end of each predetermined reading section we’ll provide our thoughts and invite fellow reading club members to participate. (Expect to read somewhere in the range of 100 pages every week.)

NotGraphs has learned that, among the aforementioned “friends,” NotGraphs’ own Dayn Perry and Navin Vaswani will be included. The present author has also taken steps towards becoming part of this Literary Circle, although there’s been some talk of “Italian people” being “ill-equipped” for “anything more complicated” than “unchecked procreation.”

More on that as this story develops.

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In defense of Italians, they are also equipped for boisterous gesticulation, which is slightly more complicated than “unchecked procreation” as it is usually accompanied by speech. When it is not accompanied by speech it is accompanied by operatic singing, which is another thing Italians can do.