Tracing the histories of ideas through literature, philosophy, art, and beyond.
For curious minds who love to discover the hidden influences in literature, Book Oblivion offers an all access community for readers who want to explore beyond the printed page.
Read a new book every season in our Book Oblivion Book Club. We discuss it in our community forum and on a live video conference.
Read and finish the most challenging books on the planet with an expert reading guide and community accountability. We meet for one live talk per month.
Read one philosopher a month in a loose chronological order to trace the development of ideas over time. We focus on one text from each thinker and meet for one live talk per month.
Read the seven-volume, 4,215 page masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. We read 30 pages a week and meet once a month for a live talk.
Read beyond Murakami by delving into some of the theories and philosophies hidden in his works. We meet once a season to discuss a specific concept like time, memory, metaphor, the unconscious, and more.
Read with wonder by reading better and remembering more. Our How to Read More Workshops offer reading strategies, tips, tricks, and tools for retention and mastery.
We invite you to read more with our Book Oblivion Community. We have several reading groups that get together once a month to read and discuss some of the best ideas in the world. Here is what we are reading this month.
May 4, 2019
Himalayas of Literature
May 18, 2019
Himalayas of Literature
May 25, 2019
Critical Theory & Philosophy
May 30, 2019
Book Oblivion Book Club
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
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We have an incredible community of avid readers passionate about literature and philosophy. Each group includes live talks, an online community, and access to seasonal workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions
Book Oblivion is a global online community of readers who are passionate about literature and philosophy. We trace the way ideas connect to each other and over time through reading literature, philosophy, art, and rhetorics. Many of us are academics gone rogue. We are here to nerd out over books and ideas, ask questions, and grow intellectually.
Participants enroll from all over the world, including the United States, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Canada, Mexico, and more. Most participants are college graduates, but this is not a requirement. Several participants are retired, some are working professionals, others are graduate students, or some are stay at home parents. The only requirement is a humble, intellectual curiosity and a desire to connect with others over books.
Jessica launched Book Oblivion with a desire to rescue books from oblivion and return them to the center of culture and conversation. We work really hard to create space and time for these conversations to take place and are often one of the only intellectual outlets for our participants.
Conversations take place in English, but we have participants reading in languages from all over the world. Discussions on translation choices make things really interesting.
“The wave is one. There’s a reason we’re drawn to it, whether viewing or watching entranced as one wave after another breaks on shore: a …
“The concept of aura which was proposed above with reference to historical objects may usefully be illustrated with reference to the aura of natural ones. …
“Until writing was invented, men lived in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless, in the dark of the mind, in the world of emotion, by primordial …