The Joker, Hamlet, and George R.R. Martin: Radical Nihilism

Presented with The Pennsy


Christopher Nolan, George RR Martin and Shakespeare each invented powerful mouthpieces for an uncomfortable and unavoidable truth -- a deep and radical nihilism is at the bottom of all things; our lives are held up by illusions, useful fictions, that we invent, forget we invent, and that end up controlling us. 

We can cast them aside, or remake them, at any time -- but at what cost? Join me for a class that hops from Westeros, to Gotham City, to Denmark.




Location: The Pennsy

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121

A high end food court that features stalls from Marc Forgione, Franklin Becker, Pat LaFrieda, and the Cinnamon Snail team, plus Mario By Mary, which is a collaboration between Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani. 

The Pennsy has a full-service bar, over 8,000 square feet of space, plus an beautiful outdoor seating area with these bleachers which is where the Olios will take place.


Other upcoming Olios


Oct 19

Oct 20

Oct 27

Turning the Soul: Humanities and the Hero's Journey

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Oct 30

Traversing the Veil: Alchemy, Wisdom, and The Modern Witch

Taught by Jaime Weida
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

Sign Up - $15

Nov 3

Shakespeare and the Invention of the Supervillain

Taught by Geoff Klock
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Nov 7

*Olio Seminar* Know Your Rights? Know Your Rights!

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Sign Up - $50


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