We had our first book club meeting in a while last night. Over a lovely dinner of lamb shank and couscous, we discussed Ayn Rand's colossal work, Atlas Shrugged. Opinions ran high and contention filled the air--it always does. The great thing is that we have been getting together so long, none of us take the volatile discussions over the various books personally, and believe me it gets personal!! Atlas Shrugged is one of those books, it just begs controversy and division. The over-riding view amongst us was surprisingly positive. Our conversation ranged from laissez-faire capitalism to atheism/religion, the re-building of New Orleans, what makes for a 'good' society--we could have gone on all night. We used to meet every month, we had been on a long hiatus until last night, will we read again? It's up for grabs but judging by our passionate engagement I have a feeling something will be lined up soon.