Eric Thurm presents "Avidly Reads Board Games"

Event date: 

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Avidly Reads Board Games
Eric Thurm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME NIGHT, BOOK TALK & PIZZA PARTY!

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Avidly Reads is a series of short books about how culture makes us feel. Founded in 2012 by Sarah Blackwood and Sarah Mesle, Avidly--an online magazine supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books--specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to thinking and feeling. Avidly Reads is an exciting new series featuring books that are part memoir, part cultural criticism, each bringing to life the author's emotional relationship to a cultural artifact or experience. Avidly Reads invites us to explore the surprising pleasures and obstacles of everyday life.

Writer and critic Eric Thurm digs deep into his own experience as a board game enthusiast to explore the emotional and social rules that games create and reveal, telling a series of stories about a pastime that is also about relationships. From the outdated gender roles in Life and Mystery Date to the cutthroat, capitalist priorities of Monopoly and its socialist counterpart, Class Struggle, Thurm thinks through his ongoing rivalries with his siblings and ponders the ways games both upset and enforce hierarchies and relationships--from the familial to the geopolitical. Like sitting down at the table for family game night, Board Games is an engaging book of twists and turns, trivia, and nostalgia.

Eric Thurm is a writer whose work has appeared in, among other publications, Esquire, WIRED, Real Life, and The New York Times.

Avidly Reads Board Games Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781479826957
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York University Press - October 8th, 2019