Category Archives: 2018 Selections

Part 3B: The Uncanny: Metamorphosis and Brutal Aesthetics in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, “Crossing Boundaries”

A Gravely Troubled Man The perspective of the artist is highly self-reflexive. For one, he did not condemn Yeong-hye for her strangeness, though he was unable to truly understand her psychic disposition.  Han’s study of the artist is excessively detailed, … Continue reading

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Part 3A: The Uncanny: Metamorphosis and Brutal Aesthetics in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

“Such Uncanny Serenity” It is dark under the lamp. (Korean quote) The natural world can offer us more than the means to survive, on the one hand, or mortal risks to be avoided, on the other: it can offer us … Continue reading

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Part 2: The Uncanny: Metamorphosis and the Brutal Aesthetics of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

In brutal aesthetics, however, the animal mutates variously into a beast, a god, a monster, or a creature.[i] Brutal aesthetics is not nihilistic, it is only the first step. To illuminate, to connect, to transform, to reanimate is the important … Continue reading

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The Italian Teacher: A Critical Review

Is art just a refuge for those who can’t connect? From “The Italian Teacher”, by Tom Rachman   When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, Irving Stone held the franchise for historical fiction about artists. His biographical … Continue reading

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The Beak of the Finch

At our December meeting we will discuss the following selection suggested by Richard Smaby: Jonathan Weiner, The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in our Time, first hardback edition published by Knopf in 1994.  

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The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

At out November meeting we will discuss a book selected by Burk, Tom Rachman, The Italian Teacher, Viking, 2018 Burk provides the following pre-discussion information about his selection: —————————————————- Since we have a lot of non-fiction selections I think a … Continue reading

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Oslo by J.T. Rogers

At our October 2018 discussion meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by Neil Bergeson, Oslo by J.T. Rogers, Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, script published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Neil offers the following pre-discussion … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: IV. THE BAD

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] As I have summarized in my pre7vious commentaries about this … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: III. The Silly

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] [NOTE: In previous posts I have provided some pre-discussion tutorials … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: II. The Good

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] [NOTE: In previous posts I have provided some pre-discussion tutorials … Continue reading

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