isthisabook.club might have been a multimodal mobilization experiment aimed at blending digital and analog technologies for community building and ideation. some say it was centered around the community event of a genre-specific book club that didn't require reading...
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alt text isthisabook.club was an ancient experiment that has been passed through many generations across many years and geographic areas. As it has adapted over the years, the nature of the experiment has adopted to fit the medium of the time. No one knows where the first one was, or who started it. In fact, so much mystery surrounds it that the only trace left is small stickers stuck around cities. Only a few scrambled details are known. For one, it seems to be centered around community events of a book club that doesn’t require reading whatsoever....

Some media theorists think its a multimodal mobilization experiment aimed at blending technologies for community building and ideation. Some think it involves ghosts of 18th century poets. No one knows for sure. Word is that it was an experiment to curate an anti-normative social gathering in the spirit of the books discussed and to subvert social media and the rest of our spammy world. But even that sounds intentionaly vague.

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This repository shows some hints about previous interations of the club, and offers a starter kit to anyone who wants to conduct experiments into what it was, host their own book club and advance the book club's global impact.

media from passed gatherings carries some thin remnants of different previous infamous book clubs that popped up in providence, ri, cambridge, ma and san francisco, ca in early 2018. these various iterations of the book club discussed the books

  1. The Holy Bible
  2. Simulaca and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
  3. Beyond Apollo by Barry Marlzberg - a full transcript of this book club can be founded here.
  4. Voyeurs Motel by Guy Talese
  5. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

The list below and this repository in general correspond to the steps one needs to take to create another book club.

  1. Select a terrifying book that provides insight into reality.
  2. Clone this repository and edit index.html to contain the location of the meeting, some thematic quotes from the book, as well as the book title. Host and post a new website with a thematic url.
  3. Order thousands of stickers online from StickerMule with the design found in the stickers folder. These stickers are the fabric that link the world together. stickers/stickerBuilder.png contains detailed for expert users to generate stickers that link to their particular book club.
  4. Post said stickers all over the urban world - both locally and in different cities. Be respectful of places that should not be stickered, but also apply liberally.
  5. Induce a gathering of people who do not know each other to discuss the book.
  6. Repeat 1 + 5 infinitely.