I'm not sure who might even see this posting, but I'm going to put this out there anyway, as it will address two of my New Year's resolutions: To gain a better understanding of U.S. history and to use the Internet as a means of connecting with real, live people.
The other week, after finishing the book, The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor, I realized how little I know about US history (other than what I learned in junior high and high school 20 years ago), so I picked up Howard Zinn's book, which I haven't read in years.
So, here goes. This is my nerd proposal (please at least one person say they want to do this so I don't look like a total dork. Otherwise, it'll be like junior high school all over again....): Anyone want to read or re-read A People's History of the United States and then talk about it?
I was thinking that it would be really fun to get together with a bunch of other people who've read the book -- we could each pick out a favorite chapter or whatever and talk about history over a couple of beers (or some coffee). I know that I learn a lot better when I'm thinking critically and listening to someone else talk, rather than just reading a book and rolling all that information around in my own head.