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. He has been cited 290 times, including in the New Yorker and the LA Times and made a Hamlet Mash Up that got 57,000 views.

His friend Mitch says of his work “it not only takes a highbrow literary thing and applies it to a more mainstream thing in a fun way, it also serves as a simple introduction to that highbrow thing.” He has done more than 40 Olios, and was featured in their story in Southwest Airlines Magazine. He was trained as an actor, survived a hit and run with a NYC taxi, was in a play with Christopher Lloyd and a conga line with Rebecca del Rio, won a sexy Halloween costume context at a burlesque show in NYC, sang Auld Lang Syne with all three children from It’s a Wonderful Life, and he was 8 miles into a lava field in Hawaii when he received a national emergency message to seek shelter because a ballistic missile strike was imminent.


Past Olios with Geoff Klock


Psychosexual Cinema Club | Mulholland Drive

Venue: None

Teacher: Geoff Klock

March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Psychosexual Cinema Club | Psycho

Venue: None

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Feb. 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Kafka’s Very Short Stories: A Phantasmagoria of Loss and Destruction

Venue: Strong Rope Brewery

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Nov. 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Kafka’s The Castle: God’s Nightmare Bureaucracy

Venue: Strong Rope Brewery

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Nov. 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Kafka’s The Trial: Guilt and the (Almost) Sexual Perversion of Justice

Venue: Strong Rope Brewery

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Oct. 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Prospect Park Philosophy | Art vs. Reality

Venue: Prospect Park (Grand Army Entrance)

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Aug. 14, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

OlioHouse Weekend | Midsummer Night’s Dream

Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Aug. 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

The Holy Fool

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Geoff Klock

May 22, 2019, 7 p.m.

Olio Movie Night | Eraserhead

Venue: Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg

Teacher: Geoff Klock

May 7, 2019, 7 p.m.

OlioHouse | Shakespeare Weekend: Macbeth, Masculinity, Misogyny, and Madness

Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Teacher: Geoff Klock

March 23, 2019, noon

The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Venue: Blender Workspace

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Jan. 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Venue: Living Room

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Jan. 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

OlioHouse Weekend | The David Lynch Existential Dread in the Woods Seminar Retreat of Doom

Venue: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Nov. 10, 2018, noon

David Lynch’s Lost Highway: Masculinity, Pornography, Psychoanalysis, Noir

Venue: Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Sept. 16, 2018, 1 p.m.

The Wisdom of Pop Culture

Venue: Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Aug. 22, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

NYC Poetry Festival | The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Venue: Governors Island

Teacher: Geoff Klock

July 29, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

Venue: Strong Rope Brewery

Teacher: Geoff Klock

May 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare Happy Hour | Think Olio 3rd Anniversary

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Geoff Klock

March 2, 2018, 7 p.m.

Shakespeare and the Invention of the Supervillain

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Nov. 3, 2017, 7 p.m.

Aestheticism, Pop Culture, Evil & Oscar Wilde

Venue: The Old Stone House

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Oct. 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Unlocking Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, and the Monstrous Hollywood Dream Machine

Venue: Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Sept. 17, 2017, 2 p.m.

More Than A Hipster Touchstone: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 9, 2017, 7 p.m.

*Professor Showdown* Birdman: Revealing or Reinforcing Patriarchy?

Venue: Berg'n

Teacher: Geoff Klock

May 18, 2017, 7 p.m.

*Read-in* Tough Poetry in Dark Times: Shelley, Melville, Brecht, Pope & Yeats

Venue: IDIO Gallery

Teacher: Geoff Klock

April 9, 2017, 4 p.m.

Eating with Hedonism or Morals?: Aesthetics & Ethics From Vegetarianism to Cannibalism

Venue: Blue Apron - Flatiron

Teacher: Geoff Klock

March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Kill Bill Vol. 1: Quentin Tarantino as Mash-Up DJ & the Value of Trash Culture

Venue: Brooklyn Boulders

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Jan. 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Macbeth: Toxic Masculinity, Misogyny, & Monarchy

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Nov. 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

That Fresh Sound: Modern Poetry, Kanye West, And Shaking Your Mind Out of Its Rut

Venue: Threes Brewing

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Sept. 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: Synecdoche, New York

Venue: Berg'n

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Sept. 21, 2016, 8 p.m.

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

Venue: The Pennsy

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Sept. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Venue: WeWork Dumbo Heights

Teacher: Geoff Klock

July 12, 2016, 7 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: Barton Fink pt.2

Venue: Berg'n

Teacher: Geoff Klock

July 6, 2016, 8 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: Barton Fink

Venue: Berg'n

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 29, 2016, 8 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: The Prestige pt 2

Venue: Berg'n

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 22, 2016, 8 p.m.

Truth Tellers and Troublemakers: Shelley and Free Love

Venue: Chandelier Creative

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 16, 2016, 7 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: The Prestige pt 1

Venue: Berg'n

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 15, 2016, 8 p.m.

The People vs Oscar Wilde: Aestheticism, Popular Culture, Evil

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


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