Book Oblivion

Reading Community
Tracing the histories of ideas through literature, philosophy, architecture, rhetorics, and beyond.

For curious minds who love to discover the hidden influences in literature and philosophy, Book Oblivion offers infinite conversations for readers all over the world wanting to grow with a community of passionate readers. Browse our articles, join Book Oblivion community,  and read like there’s no tomorrow. 

Make America Read Again (3)

Make America Read Again: Take the Factory Model Out of Education 📚

“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” ~Albert Camus In a 2009 interview with Reuters Magazine, Kanye West says, “I am a proud non-reader …

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Greg Ulmer on Composing a MyStory

Greg Ulmer on Composing a MyStory

Greg Ulmer teachers readers to compose a MyStory through pattern recognition across family, career, school, and community.

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Open Sky Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio Teaches Us to Fall Upward and Swim in the Ether in Open Sky

“A generation that had gone to school on a horse-drawn streetcar now stood under the open sky in a countryside in which nothing remained unchanged …

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The Himalayas of Literature

Himalayas of Literature: From Wallace to Joyce

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.” –Reinhold Messner Himalayas of Literature is one of Book Oblivion’s …

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On Marshall McLuhan: The Medium Is NOT the Message

“The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium – that is, of any extension …

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James Paul Gee, The Anti-Education Era

James Paul Gee and the Transforming Power of Perspective in Education

“Our world is now so complex, our technology and science so powerful, and our problems so global and interconnected that we have come to the …

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Haruki Murakami Novels in Chronological Order

“I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don’t know how many books I will be able to …

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The Best Books for Studying Magical Realism

The Best Books for Studying Magical Realism

In a magical realist story there must be an irreducible element, something that cannot be explained by logic, familiar knowledge, or received belief.” ~David Young …

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The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist

I’m excited to announce our summer book club read! Most of you know I choose a book that I think you will enjoy AND that …

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

This analysis of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World explores the themes and characters of Haruki Murakami’s wildly entertaining novel.

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The Familiar Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark Z. Danielewski on Craving the Familiar

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, …

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Mark Edmundson

Mark Edmundson on Becoming the Author’s Advocate, His Attorney for Explication and Defense

“The kind of teaching I part company with, the kind that seems to me most destructive to the freedom of self-making, is the kind that …

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Dear March Emily Dickinson

Dear March – Come In by Emily Dickinson

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” ~Emily …

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The Need for Empathy in Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker on the Need for Empathy in Enlightenment Now

“A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains …

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Haruki Murakami Love Quotes

The Best Haruki Murakami Love Quotes

Keywords Haruki Murakami love quotes, empathy, desire “We are most alive when we’re in love.” John Updike Haruki Murakami is not known for writing romance …

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Read Along With Book Oblivion

Book Oblivion has an incredible community of avid readers passionate about literature and philosophy. Book Oblivion Members have access to live talks twice a month, an online community and discussion forum, supplemental materials like articles, books, and videos, and exclusive access to seasonal workshops. 

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Live talks

We host one live talk a month or season for each reading group. Participants unable to attend are able to watch the recording after.

Community Forum

We connect in our community forum, posting articles, sharing thoughts, and staying engaged with the books and each other.

supplemental resources

Articles, videos, reading guides, podcasts and more, including specific reading strategies to aid comprehension.

Reading schedules

Read along with our community by sticking to the recommended pages for each book that are broken down by week, month, and season.

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. 

Jessica receives book lists from each instructor and arranges the readings for the year based on several factors. Each instructor leads discussions based on their passion, expertise, and familiarity with the author, book, or subject. 

Our book selections focus on several themes: 

  • Critical Theory and Philosophy
  • Himalayas of Literature
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • Reading Beyond Murakami
  • Reading With Wonder
  • The Craft of Writing 

Participants join for $21/month to participate in all live talks and the community forum. 

You can enroll by becoming a Book Oblivion Member and you can cancel at any time. To join our community, click HERE

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Book Oblivion is a community of readers exploring literature, philosophy, art, rhetorics, and beyond.