Civic Design Center Book Club

This is kinda neat.. The Nashville civic design center is sponsoring a book club:

In an attempt to further its outreach and education goals, the Nashville Civic Design Center is pleased to announce the creation of a book club. The first club meeting will be held on
Thursday, 23 August, at the Center’s office. Beginning at 11.30 AM, the discussion will take place over a brown-bag lunch session.
Participants should bring their own lunches; the Center will provide beverages and dessert.

The Club’s first selection
will be Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric

I’m all about it.. If you’re interested, e-mail to let her know you’re coming.

2 Comments so far

  1. Kate O' (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    Oh, that’s cool! I’m really interested, but I don’t think I’d be able to swing that meeting time and location reliably on a regular basis, so I’ll probably pass.

    But at least I found out about that book! I’m ordering it from Amazon. I lived through that miserable heat wave. Street vendors sold T-shirts that said “I Survived Heat Wave ’95.” It was crazy.

    I was living in an old apartment above an Italian restaurant in Chicago’s Little Italy. The apartment had no air conditioning and was shaped like a really long, narrow rectangle, and the east-facing side — the side that got what few lake breezes there were to be had — was the short side. At night, my two roommates and I devised ever-more creative ways to keep cool. My best strategy was to take cold showers at night and, still soaking wet, go to bed with a fan blowing over me. If I was lucky, I could drift off before I dried off and started getting hot again.

    Eventually, we started hanging out in the bar of the restaurant downstairs, where Rico’s nephew, Gianni, was the bartender (as well as our property manager). I had just turned 21 the winter before, and my roommates weren’t yet drinking age, but he let us sit in there and soak up the air conditioning before climbing miserably back upstairs.

    Heh. Now that I’ve written all this out, I should copy it over to my own blog.

  2. Megan (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

    Kate I didn’t know you were from Chicago—that’s my hometown!! I moved here in 1997, so I was there for that heat wave and definitely remember it. My grandmother was living in the Brynn Mawr building and several fires broke out that summer due to faulty air conditioning or, as my dad liked to surmise, people pissed off that their rents were skyrocketing and their air didn’t even work.

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