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Villains, Violence, and Vogue

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

Aristotle first recognized the paradox of tragic art. Why do we enjoy watching fictional characters suffer when we would be horrified by the same thing in real life? Contemporary pop-culture is full of such apparent paradoxes. Why do we enjoy seeing someone incinerated by a high-powered laser beam in a movie or comic book, but not in real life? Do...

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$20

The Divine Comedy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Dante’s Divine Comedy follows the journey of the poet through hell, purgatory, and paradise. This epic Italian poem, composed between 1308 and 1321, is an allegory for the movement of the soul toward God. But it is also a multifaceted exploration of ethics, metaphysics, politics, love, order, chaos, poetic form, and the Classical literary...

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$315

4 sessions

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Religious Feminisms: An Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

In 1982, the New York Times editorial page published an essay entitled “Is God a Feminist?”, which noted the flood of feminist religious writing and the rapid increase of women enrolled in theological institutes. “Across the board,” the author argued, “from biblical scholarship and religious history to ethics and theology, our religious heritage...

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$315

4 sessions

Prosody with David Yezzi

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

Poems are written in musical language. In this special two-day intensive, we examine the ways that form (traditional meter and verse techniques) is used to make music in poetry, and learn how the age-old tools of poetic composition can liberate, strengthen and energize your writing in verse.

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$400

2 sessions

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Antediluvian Energies: Practices

at The Poetry Project - East Village 131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

A cross pollinating workshop investigating our omnivorous minds, our spirited times, radical​ ​language power, the apotropaic, the ghost of the Anthropocene, Donna Haraway’s notion​ ​of “oddkin” & Chthulucene, utopias, action & resistance, Buddhist anarchism, pratitya-samutpada, practices of the 24/7 poet, seminal myths and nuclear...

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$35

Literature as Identity in Fahrenheit 451

at Think Olio - Gowanus 574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, first published in 1953, is the latest in a series of dystopian fiction classics that have become handbooks for our troubled times. But there is more to “Fahrenheit 451” than the eerie déjà vu quality it projects onto the tumult of 2018. At its heart, Fahrenheit 451 is as much a love story as it is a prescient...

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$15

Navigating the Scientific Literature

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

This class will cover both how to efficiently search freely available reference databases such as PubMed and how to take advantage of the growing trend towards open access in science to obtain full-text papers without breaking the bank. Even if you don't work at a university or research institution, hundreds of thousands of scientific works are freely...

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$10

Literary Theory: a Critical Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown 247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

What is literature? And what kinds of meanings, uses, values, histories, and philosophical positions do we attach to literature in the act of reading it?  Literary theory, the diverse body of thought that addresses these fundamental questions, has pursued a stunning array of methods in its attempts to understand how literature works. This course,...

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$315

4 sessions

Sunday Afternoon Reading Group

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

Sunday afternoons often become a time to sit back and read books that some consider substantial.  In somewhat of a departure, with the exception of the first week, we will have the group itself choose between 2 books for each of the subsequent classes. Classes will be devoted to in-depth discussion of the essence of the selected books. ...

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$165

5 sessions

Reading Freud with George Prochnik

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

The writings of Sigmund Freud are richly allusive rhetorical masterpieces — and funny, shocking, poignant experiments in a new kind of literary autobiography. Sigmund Freud transformed the psychological case history into a kind of philosophical detective story, in which his subjects’ dreams and fantasies became artful confessions that he could...

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$400

4 sessions

Reading Borges with Alberto Manguel

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

The work of Jorge Luis Borges is one of the summits of twentieth-century literature. In his writings, Borges crossed genres: the detective story and the epic, literary criticism and lyric poetry, Eastern and Western literatures. He invented a narrative tone that was part adventure story, part fantastic tale, part philosophical essay. In this course,...

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$400

4 sessions

Out of Place: A Prose Workshop

at The Poetry Project - East Village 131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

First instruction:  Take out your notebook and writing utensil, or a laptop (laptops at your own risk). When we start the workshop, break up into pairs and walk up to five minutes in an agreed-on direction. Second instruction:  Stop somewhere you have not stopped before. Sit down on the street, on a stoop, or on the sidewalk; take out...

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$35

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Pot Shards

at The Korea Society - Midtown East 950 3rd Ave 8th Fl, New York, New York 10022

Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and Chairman Emeritus of The Korea Society, discusses his fascinating new memoir, Pot Shards. The book relates experiences from a career that includes thirty-one years as a CIA operations officer and ten years in the White House, which culminated in an appointment as the National Security Advisor...

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$20

Without You, There Is No Us

at The Korea Society - Midtown East 950 3rd Ave 8th Fl, New York, New York 10022

Suki Kim, who has written about North Korea for Harper's and The New York Review of Books, discusses Without You, There Is No Us, her fascinating new book which chronicles her six month stay in North Korea, where she taught English to the sons of the North Korean elite at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology during...

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$20

Poetry and Poetics: An Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side 47 Canal S #2, New York, New York 10002

What is poetry and what is it good for? These questions have long haunted practitioners and readers of this “beautiful and pointless” art, to quote the contemporary critic David Orr. But “beautiful and pointless” were not always the terms of the debate. On the contrary, these questions about what poetry is and what it does mean something profoundly...

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$315

4 sessions

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