Book Club

Mastering Your Circumstances in A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Mastering Your Circumstances in Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow

Are you reading along with us? Our summer book club is just beginning The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. So what do we know so far? The Count’s circumstances have changed as a result of conflict. The year is 1922 and we watch the life of a poet, confined to a luxurious hotel, unfold in …

Mastering Your Circumstances in Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow Read More »

The Fatal Flaw in The Secret History

The Fatal Flaw in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History

The Fatal Flaw in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History Aristotle coined the term Hamartia which literally translates “to miss the mark” or “to err”. We’ve come to understand this term as the fatal flaw and find it in most tragedies, especially Greek tragedies. Basically, there is a reversal of fortunes that needs to take place in the plot. It’s …

The Fatal Flaw in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History Read More »

Go Beyond Laughter | Exploring The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting | Go Beyond Laughter

Beyond Laughter in Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Today we explore what it means to “go beyond laughter” as Kundera writes in the last section of the book. Warning: we ask more questions than we answer. The narrative called Border might be the most intriguing part of the book, which might be …

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting | Go Beyond Laughter Read More »

How to Reclaim Conversation with 21st Century Friendships

Reclaim Conversation With Books in Your 21st Century Friendships

A few years ago, I read a book called Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle. I teach an excerpt from this book in my English Composition course during our visual rhetoric unit. Students tend to identify with the truths Turkle articulates in this text. Some …

Reclaim Conversation With Books in Your 21st Century Friendships Read More »