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Friedrich Nietzsche: Art, Conflict, and Morality

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Many European thinkers idealized the ancient Greeks as virtuous models of a rational, dignified, and harmonious way of life, one they very much wished to emulate and create anew in the Modern world. In contrast, with The Birth of Tragedy, Friedrich Nietzsche painted an ancient world of dynamic contrasts: a constant struggle between forces of order...

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4 sessions

Reading Balzac with Anka Muhlstein

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Balzac was prodigiously prolific. The fictional world he created in his Human Comedy is complex, endlessly surprising, sometimes comical, sometime dramatic but always steeped in his encyclopedic knowledge of the society of his time. In this follow up to Muhlstein’s sold-out course in the fall, students examine  The Marriage Contract A Daughter...

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4 sessions

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Houdini: The Man behind the Myth, the Magic

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

“The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.” –Harry Houdini Leap into the mysterious life of Harry Houdini as he went from the freak show circuitto Vaudeville, taking audiences and the media along with him. Learn some of the secretsbehind his most famous...

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The Correspondence: Music and Literature

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

A unique and unforgettable mixture of performance, writing, and history of classical music led by Elena Baksht, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and Music at Lincoln Center, and “one of the most intriguing pianists of her generation.” An electrifying performer and engaging teacher, Baksht’s fascination with literature’s surprising...

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4 sessions

Appreciating James Joyce's Baffling Masterpiece

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Finnegans Wake: Approaching and Appreciating James Joyce's Baffling Masterpiece Notoriously called the most difficult novel ever written, thought of as either a colossal joke (or waste of time) or the greatest work of genius ever - James Joyce's Finnegans Wake has fascinated and repelled the literary world since its release in 1939. In this class...

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Reading James Baldwin

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

This course considers James Baldwin’s decades-long preoccupation with the role of the artist in American culture. Reading across his fiction, non-fiction, and selected speeches, we will examine the author’s provocative assertions about the singular responsibility of the artist as moral arbiter and unflinching witness in our ongoing quest to make...

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4 sessions

Nabokov's Lolita: American Morals & Aesthetic Bliss

at Think Olio - Crown Heights 658 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Three Seminars on Nabokov’s Lolita First Seminar: If Lolita excites me, should I feel bad? We may as well admit it: Nabokov’s Lolita is designed to arouse our desire.  But how exactly does it work?  How does Nabokov encourage readers to take pleasure in Humbert Humbert’s pedophilic experiences even if they don’t share his perversity?...

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3 sessions

The Secret Lives of Coffee and Tea

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Tea! What is it? What does it mean to be a "milk in first kind of girl"? Why did Americans throw it in to Boston harbor? Why do most Americans drink coffee, but guzzle iced tea in the south? And where did bubble tea and kombucha come from? Sarah will reveal all the answers to your caffeinated queries. Coffee! Is it going to kill you? Make you...

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at The New York Public Library - Roosevelt Island 524 Main St, New York, New York 10044

NoveList is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world presenting fiction, nonfiction and audiobooks and includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Audience: Adults

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Georges Bataille: Sex, Crime and Literature

at Coucou French Classes - Williamsburg 38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

In the past few decades, Georges Bataille has become something of a dirty secret on American bookshelves. Much of his notoriety is due to his erotic novel Story of The Eye, a work where overt symbolism is interwoven with graphic sexuality. His late arrival on the American literary scene and his unique prose make it almost surprising to learn that he...

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5 sessions

Mysterious Books

at Bronxville Adult School - Bronxville 177 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville, New York 10708

From smoky-eyed vamps to spunky PIs, the role of women in crime fiction has come a long way, baby! This course focuses on women crime fiction writers and female sleuths, with the occasional “guy” thrown in for comparison.  Book list will be provided before the first class.

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6 sessions

It's Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

From convincing her bosses at The New Yorker to pay for Ancient Greek studies to traveling the sacred way in search of Persephone, “The Comma Queen” Mary Norris delivers an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how...

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World History, World Literature & You (for Teens)

at Classeteria - Bushwick 284 Suydam St, Brooklyn, New York 11237

In this course, we will use literature as a point of entry into three thousand years of history, society, and culture that has led to you being a teenager in the United States in 2018.  We will study texts from a wide variety of times and places, including Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific Rim, from ancient times to right now....

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20 sessions

Reading Odyssey

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

The Odyssey is both a great epic poem and the first novel in the Western tradition, and it remains one of the most toweringly exciting stories ever written about love, adventure, strategy and the psychology and morals of private and public life.  In this course we read and discuss Robert Fitzgerald’s superb translation. 

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Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Sexual desire and eroticism were and still are considered today as a-philosophical, even anti-philosophical topics. When we wonder why philosophers rarely speak about sexuality, we seem to face not only a moral question, but also a linguistic one. Is the language itself unable to capture such a subjective, qualitative - and physiological experience?...

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