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ThinkOlio: Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

  • Strong Rope Brewery 574 President Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)

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Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It’s about enhancing our awareness of humanity and nurturing our appreciation for the humanities. Think Olio exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.

Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil in the spiritual world. 

The other thing to know about Kafka is that when he read his stories people roared with laughter — we have lost the comic absurdity of his stuff. Third, David Lynch’s character in Twin Peaks has two pictures on his office wall: Kafka and a nuclear bomb going off. Join me for a reading of Kafka’s best work, and a little discussion as well, as we get a handle on the guy who Harold Bloom said, alongside Proust and Freud, dominated the 20th century.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.

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Later Event: May 16
Brewminaries Monthly Meeting