The Modern Predicament
with an introduction from JAMES WOOD
October 3, 2011
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome back local author and critic GEORGE SCIALABBA for a discussion about his new collection of essays, The Modern Predicament. He will be introduced by fellow essayist and critic JAMES WOOD.
Following his acclaimed What Are Intellectuals Good For?, George Scialabba continues to delve into the humanities to find insight into the modern world. In essays ranging across philosophy (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche), literature (D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot), history (Michael Foucault, Christopher Lasch), and politics (Michael Harrington), Scialabba poses a number of searching questions, continually returning to one: Is moral progress possible, and at what price? In her introduction Barbara Ehrenreich writes, "As long as we exist as a species, we'll be debating what constitutes morality and virtue, and we could hardly have a better guide than George Scialabba."
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.
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