This rainy weekend, the book club gathered once again for our monthly book discussion. This meet-up differed from our recent ones, as we discussed two books which had music as their themes. For July, the books chosen were Salingkit: A 1986 Diary by Cyan Abad-Jugo and Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield.
Now it's no secret that I don't have love for new wave music of the 80s, which the 2 books heavily touched on. Still, I finished the books. I've read a lot of books that have themes I didn't particularly like, but I ended up enjoying them. But Salingkit and TtGaDD, my goodness, I found them terrible.
I loved the venue of the discussion though—Commune. It's a very artsy place in the central business district of Makati that serves good food. It's the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon just reading or staring at the people passing by.
|One of the walls of Commune|
They have books! Woot woot!
I see Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon, which is one of my favorite travel books.
The 80s were indeed a decade of excess. Who can ever forget the big hair (on both men and women), shoulder pads that extend to the heavens, metallic accessories, over-the-top hairstyles, and what-have-you. It was a very fun decade, yes? It didn't take itself too seriously.
|Shani and Gege dressed up as the Tears for Fears duo.|
|Marie came as an 80s rocker chick.|
She won best in costume!
|R. even had a rainbow mohawk wig.|
|She's so fabulous and talented.|
Life is unfair.
The discussion moderator asked Flippers to bring People Power paraphernalia to show to the group. We were all awed by the items brought by two members.
|Gege showing her husband's collection of People Power paraphernalia|
Her husband had lots of news clippings and election-related items.
|Mike brought his first edition hardcover on People Power.|
The discussion was very spirited, especially since a lot of Flippers love new wave music. Also, a few of us were already children during the 1986 People Power revolution. We talked about music too—our favorite music genres, how the music theme influenced our liking of the 2 books, etc.
Several of us were highly critical of Salingkit and TtGaDD though. I found the books so disappointing. (I wrote my thoughts on Salingkit earlier.) The discussion was very stimulating however. And I admire how Flippers can shift from fluff to profound conversations.
|One of the many light-hearted moments during the discussion|
I believe we were talking about our respective ages.
|Best book club ever!|
A few friends convinced me to attend though, saying that it would be nice to have a balanced conversation of the 2 books. Besides, I missed last month's book discussion so it would be good to reconnect with fellow bibliophiles.
So it's true: No matter how bad the books are, you can still have great conversations about them!
All photos, except the first one, were taken by R., who has a huge love for the 80s and for new wave music.