Naming our informal reading group back when it started a few months ago wasn't easy. We knew it needed to include the word 'beer', and we knew it needed to convey something of the intellectual nature of our pursuit. We got as far as 'beer' and 'thoughts' and called it a day. Thankfully, we show a little more tenacity when it comes to selecting and discussing readings.
Today it was Susan Leigh Foster's Corporealities. I took Sally Ann Ness's chapter on ethnography, embodiment and memory; Jinny took Geidi Gilpin's chapter on disappearance; Melina and Eva took Mark Franko's chapter on male critics of female dancers; and Connie (the non-performance person) took chapter one, Susan Leigh Foster herself, on how a ballerina sticking her leg up in the air becomes a phallus. There were a few thoughts batted around, though not so much as a drop of beer. Clearly, we need to stop meeting in the morning.