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Shakespeare Society: As You Like It

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity posits that time is relative. A Kantian would insist that time is a form of intuition. However, a Fool -- indeed, the Fool in As You Like It -- aptly describes time as an unforgiving, continuous series of hours: “It is ten o’clock. Thus we may see,” quoth he, “how the world wags. ’Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, And after one hour more ’twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour we rot and rot, And thereby hangs a tale.” (2.7.23-29)

Portrait of Ori Soltes

Ori Soltes Lecture Series, Spring 2022

The Age of Adventure and Exploration

To join these lectures and Q&As, please email my.nguyen@dc.gov to register and for updates. Please see library staff for assistance with the reading materials, which are available upon request. All gatherings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. While the branch is currently closed for in-person discussions, we continue to meet virtually until further notice. Please email my.nguyen@dc.gov for additional details. Overview The West End Library Friends Present: Ori Z Soltes: The Age of Adventure and Exploration

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Shakespeare Society: The Problem Plays

The Shakespeare Society is a monthly Shakespeare reading and discussion group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  We intend to read and discuss every single Shakespeare play in series-order, grouped in several series reflecting his tragedies, comedies, problem plays, romances, and histories. There is no preferred edition. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate the discussion.

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov, Books IV-VI

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ fasts for forty days and forty nights, a feat that, in and of itself, requires at least some modicum of superhuman strength. What I find more extraordinary, however -- indeed, this is the most extraordinary, superhuman thing -- is when Jesus resists the temptation to "stick it" to his nemesis. "If you're as great as you claim," the devil essentially says, "turn these stones into bread."

Shakespeare Society: Much Ado About Nothing

In a catchy dance track that has continuously blessed pop radio airwaves since 1993, Trinidadian-German artist Haddaway wonders: "What is love?" This is doubtless a pressing question that has preoccupied not only Presocratic philosophers but early 90s hedonistic revelers hellbent on Bacchanalian surrender at Tunnel. Yet, for me, the more interesting part has always been Haddaway's baritone-soaked rejoinder: "Baby, don't hurt me." And, indeed, it is Benedick who says in Act 5.2:

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The Intimidating Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov

Overview of The Intimidating Book Club Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly at 6:30 p.m. ET for a minimum one-hour discussion that may last through 8 p.m.

Musical Theatre Trivia

Page to Stage: Musical Theatre Trivia

Can you guess the inspiration behind these musical hits?

Many musicals have been inspired by books and movies before they ever made it big on Broadway. While most theatres remain closed, we can still enjoy the the sources of our favorite shows, even if we can't see them live. Stop by the Northeast Library anytime in August to try your hand at some trivia to show your knowledge of the history of musical theatre adaptations.   Winners will be contacted by Email to pick up a prize! 

Shakespeare Comedies.

Shakespeare Society: The Comedies

The Shakespeare Society is a monthly Shakespeare reading and discussion group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. We intend to read and discuss every single Shakespeare play in series-order, grouped in several series reflecting his tragedies, comedies, problem plays, romances and histories. There is no preferred edition. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate the discussion.

Black and white photo of author Octavia Butler. The author is slightly smiling.

Octavia's Kin

The Lineage of Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers from the African Diaspora

The historical lack of gender and racial diversity among authors promoted by the Science Fiction/Fantasy book industry has not destroyed the creative imaginations of writers of African descent who embrace the genre. Black Science Fiction/Fantasy writers do indeed exist and have a kaleidoscope of stories to add to the field.

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The Intimidating Book Club: Moby Dick

Overview of The Intimidating Book Club Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly at 6:30 p.m. for a minimum one-hour discussion that may last through 8 p.m.

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