Book Clubs

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
With Sarah McNally

Monday, May 4th at 7pm.

"Modiano reads like a strange cross between Anita Brookner and the Ancient Mariner, forever buttonholing the reader with his own brand of exquisite angst.... His writing has the spare strength and telling concentration of a Simenon."

- The Independent.


ESSAYS
With Matt Pieknik
Wednesday, May 6th at 7pm.

"'This is an extraordinary book—the book of a poet, a subtle critic, and a scholar. It is also a brilliant piece of writing, flawlessly phrased throughout, constantly surprising but never disappointing, and laced with a wit that is all the more effective because it is perfectly disciplined.' The book is a perceptive analysis of the Greek conception of Eros and of his role in Greek poetry, philosophy, and life. He is a winged creature and his invasion of his target’s body causes the heart to fly up in the chest...."

- Bernard Knox for The New York Review of Books.


POETRY
With Carly Dashiell

Thursday, April 23th at 7pm.

The Green Ray is relentless—in its syntactical and almost kaleidoscopic subversion of univocal emotion, its contrapuntal speed and delay, intimacy and pretense, security of sources and formal promiscuity. The poems both sense and want to, enacting a rigorous aesthetic engagement that never quite achieves synthesis, instead posing writing itself as dialogic longing. It is Corina Copp's first full-length collection of poems.

"The Green Ray is gloriously unblurbable."

- Monica de la Torre


PHILOSOPHY
With Matt Wagstaffe & Kevin Cassem
Tuesday, May 5th at 7pm.

The zany, the cute, and the interesting saturate postmodern culture. They dominate the look of its art and commodities as well as our discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this radiant study, Sianne Ngai offers a theory of the aesthetic categories that most people use to process the hypercommodified, mass-mediated, performance-driven world of late capitalism, treating them with the same seriousness philosophers have reserved for analysis of the beautiful and the sublime.

This month, the group will discuss the introduction and Chapter 1, "The Cuteness of the Avant-Garde" (though p.109).


SMALL BUSINESS
With Henry Bell
Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm.

Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.


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

With Anna Chen and Michael Fentin

Thursday, November 20th at 8pm.

"Milford has a talent that few authors can boast; She breaks unspoken rules. Rules that have been dutifully followed by children’s authors for years on end. And in breaking them, she creates stronger books."

- Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal on Kate Milford's Greenglass House

SPANISH BOOKCLUB

With Javier Molea

Friday, May 8th, 7pm

 

 No veo a los personajes de El pasado como gente que se ama sino como peces que nadan y boquean y luchan por no ahogarse en el amor. Por otra parte, el amor es un mundo radicalmente experimental, que somete a sus víctimas a toda clase de pruebas, ejercicios insensatos y transformaciones. ¡Y todo eso a cambio de nada! Porque el amor nunca rinde: es gasto puro. Y tiene una ventaja que para la literatura es muy útil: es el camino más corto hacia la ficción. Mejor dicho: el amor es ficción, y como toda ficción instala a sus personajes en una posición doble, siempre paradójica: los enamorados están ciegos, y al mismo tiempo no dudan de que poseen el secreto del mundo. A.P.