Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver
Was there real Long John Silver? Is the most famous of fictional pirates actually based on the life of a real man?Did he live near by in Alexandria, Va.?Who was Johnathan Swift? Where are his legendary silver mines?
Is home a familiar space or a foreign place? Can it be both at once? Homes can be cozy spots of safety, fortresses against danger, battlegrounds, and concealments. Homes are places where world dramas play out on domestic stages. Homes are where people live, grow and test the boundaries of filiation and affiliation, where a reckoning develops between forming an identity and retaining a sense of belonging. In this series, we will consider the notion of “home” as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal; it is a place that exists on a cultural and emotional level that is intrinsically linked with the physical attributes of architecture and design.Each session will begin with a 30-minute lecture about the book, its author and its historical context. A facilitated group discussion will follow each lecture. The books and discussion dates are below. This series will meet at Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive emails about the program. We are grateful for the financial support for the series from the Chevy Chase Library Friends, and hope you will join us for the series.
Dr. Denise Johnson, assistant professor of reading education, at the College of William and Mary, says of audio books: "It's the mode of presentation, the narrator's use of of inflection, interpretation and effective pacing which engages the reader's senses. The listener becomes absorbed into the story line. Does listening to audio books count as reading? If reading is understanding the content of the story, then audio books succeed.
Welsh journalist Jon Ronson examines the spectrum between "normalcy" and "psychopathy" in this 2011 book. Part pop-psychology, part investigative journalism, part creative nonfiction, The Psychopath Test made ripples in the cultural zeitgeist.
At 2 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 3, we will be screening the Tim Burton comedy Beetlejuice as part of "Own the Night" our teen summer reading program. This movie is PG and is open to teens 11 and older.Hope to see you there!