Young French aristocrat and lawyer Alexis de Tocqueville toured America for 9 months during the administration of Andrew Jackson. His immediate goal was to investigate U.S. penal conditions, however his travels prompted him to write on the larger topic of the American governmental system. Our selection contains Tocqueville’s observations on American patriotism, freedom of speech, and individual equality. “Democracy in America” is still considered one of the best books ever written about democracy and ever written about America.
In this piece, first delivered as a lecture in 1915 in Vienna, Freud applies his theories to the “mental distress” noncombatants experienced during the First World War. He cites two potent factors in this distress. The first is disillusionment and the second an altered attitude towards death. Towards the end of the lecture, he states a belief in the inevitability of war, and offers thoughts on how we humans must adapt ourselves to that reality.
“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna
Ezekiel Boone joins us to discuss his terrifying novel, "The Hatching" ... a series of bizarre manifestations around the world, from a human-eating black mass in the Peru jungle and a baffling plane crash in America to unusual seismic patterns in Kanpur lead to the discovery of the emergence of an ancient dormant species. Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.
Please join us in October for a discussion of "The Missing American" by Kwei Quartey, with Special Guest Author Kwei Quartey ... When her dreams of rising through the police ranks like her late father crash around her, 26-year-old Emma Djan is unsure what will become of her life in Accra. Through a sympathetic former colleague, Emma gets an interview with a private detective agency tracking down missing persons, thefts, and marital infidelities. It's not the future she imagined, but it's her best option. Meanwhile, Gordon Tilson, a middle-aged widower in Washington, DC, has found solace in an online community after his wife's passing. Through the support group, he's even met a young Ghanaian widow he really cares about, and when her sister gets into a car accident, he sends her thousands of dollars to cover the hospital bill--to the horror of his only son, Derek. When Gordon runs off to Ghana to surprise his new love and disappears, Derek chases after him, fearing for his father's life. The case of the missing American man will drag both Emma and Derek into a world of Sakawa scams, fetish priests, and those willing to keep things secret through death. Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.