Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It
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 an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.