Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

Geoff Klock at Strong Rope Brewery

Mon, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Let's get a handle on the guy who Harold Bloom said, alongside Proust and Freud, dominated the 20th century.


Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil in the spiritual world.

The other thing to know about Kafka is that when he read his stories people roared with laughter — we have lost the comic absurdity of his stuff. Third, David Lynch’s character in Twin Peaks has two pictures on his office wall: Kafka and a nuclear bomb going off. Join me for a reading of Kafka’s best work, and a little discussion as well, as we get a handle on the guy who Harold Bloom said, alongside Proust and Freud, dominated the 20th century.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is a professor at BMCC-CUNY. He teaches philosophy (mostly the philosophy of art), Shakespeare, canonical poetry in English, parables, and film (mostly movies about movies, and David Lynch). He is the author of four academic books on things like television shows and superheroes and has been cited 290 times.


Venue: Strong Rope Brewery
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