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


Apr 28

Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance

Taught by Phelim Kine
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Apr 30

*Read-in* Undoing the Demos: The Future of Education

Taught by Hallie Scott
4 p.m. at Dean Machine

Sign Up - $10

May 5

Buddhist Realism and Dark Comedy: It's Funny Because It's True

Taught by Christopher Kelley
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

May 7

*Read-in* The True Believer and the Nature of Mass Movements

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

Sign Up - $10

May 19

The Feminist Storytelling Movement in True Crime

Taught by Tracy Bealer
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

May 27

Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

Taught by Ward Regan
7 p.m. at Molasses Books

Sign Up - $0

Jun 2

How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US?

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jun 30

The Woman Question

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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