Book Clubs

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
With Sarah McNally

Monday, September 8th at 7pm.

"Dezso Kosztolányi ingeniously poises his leading characters to expose, over the course of a week—not only to us but also to themselves—the tangle of intractable emotions that has taken years to develop and binds them hand and foot. The current of satire that runs through Skylark—sometimes faint and melancholy, sometimes rollickingly gleeful—as well as the book’s brevity, might suggest a slight work; on the contrary, the book is essential, a distillation of the heart’s properties."

- Deborah Eisenberg for The New York Review of Books on Dezso Kosztolányi's Skylark.


ESSAYS
With Matt Pieknik
Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm.

"Readers of Tanizaki are variously startled or entertained to find that his essay on the delights of what is muted, enclosed and refined by shadows, begins with a paean to the lavatories found in Japanese monasteries."

- AC Grayling for The Guardian on Junichiro Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows.


POETRY
With Carly Dashiell

Thursday, September 4th at 7pm.

Let me speak my true journeys own true songs
I can make my sorry tale right soggy truth
sothgied sodsgate some serious wrecan my ship
sailing rekkies tell Hu ic how ache wracked from
travel gedayswindled oft thrownabout bitterly
tested gebanging head keeling at every beating
waves What cursed fool grimly beshipped
couldnt get signs during many a nightwacko
caught gbetween whats gone ok whats coming
on crossing too close to the cliffs Blow wind
blow, anon am I

- From Caroline Bergvall's Drift.


PHILOSOPHY
With Kevin Cassem
and
Matthew Wagstaffe
Tuesday, August 5th at 7pm.

"Accelerationism is a political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, or critique, nor to await its demise at the hands of its own contradictions, but to accelerate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies."

- From the introduction to The Accelerationist Reader.


G.R.O.S.S.
(Get Rid Of Slimy egoS)

With Anna Chen and Michael Fentin

Wednesday, July 30th, 7pm.

"Wolf has made a career of speaking her truth. Time and again she ventures into controversial territory, not only taking on sacred cows but also using a language not generally embraced by public intellectuals – in her latest book she speaks of goddesses and, well, vaginas. She knows she’ll be judged, even mocked. But she tells her truth anyway. How many of us can say that?"

-Susan Cain, author of Quiet, on the Courage of Naomi Wolf, author of Vagina. 

SPANISH BOOKCLUB
With Javier Molea

Friday, September 5th,
 7pm.

 

Una extraña llamada interrumpe la rutina de un escritor. La enigmática voz femenina al otro lado de la línea le dice que los McGuffi n quieren invitarlo a cenar para desvelarle la solución al misterio del universo. Pronto descubrirá que se trata de una convocatoria para participar en la Documenta de Kassel, la mítica feria de arte contemporáneo, donde su cometido será convertirse en instalación artística viviente y sentarse a escribir cada mañana en un restaurante chino de las afueras. En Kassel, el escritor comprueba sorprendido que su estado de ánimo no decae al atardecer y que, en cambio, el optimismo lo invade mientras pasea impulsado por una energía inagotable que late en el corazón de la feria. Es la respuesta espontánea e imaginativa del arte que se levanta contra el pesimismo.