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In this four-week discussion and writing group, we’ll take a look into how artists and thinkers have grappled with the questions of imagination, consciousness and creative thinking. By engaging with writers such as Lorca, Simone Weil, Deleuze and Wallace Stevens, we will talk through their ideas as a group, while maintaining our own private notebooks for the duration of the month. Students will be encouraged to partake in the practice of everyday morning pages as a way to reconnect with these complex questions about being on a daily basis between class meetings.
Each class will include built-in writing time.
Week 1: Bianca – F. García Lorca – “Imagination, Inspiration, Evasion”
Week 2 Ben – Simone Weil: Selections from Gravity and Grace
Week 3 Bianca – Wallace Stevens “The Noble RIder and the Sound of Words”
Week 4 Ben – Deleuze, short essays “Desert Islands” and “Immanence, and Life.”
Ben Fama is a writer based in New York City. He is the author of Deathwish (Newest York, 2019), Fantasy (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and the chapbooks Odalisque (Bloof, 2014), Cool Memories (Spork, 2013), New Waves (Minutes Books, 2011), and Aquarius Rising (Ugly Duckling Presse 2010). He is also the author of the artist book Mall Witch (Wonder, 2012). He is the cofounder of Wonder.
Bianca Stone is the author of the poetry collections Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House Book / Octopus Books, 2014), The Möbius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018) and What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Nation. She hosts the Ode & Psyche Podcast and lives in Vermont.
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