“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Tackle reading the very big book, War and Peace, while talking about it online (and cheering each other on when necessary).
A team from Arlington Public Library navigated the tome with curiosity as a travel companion. Alex Zealand, Jennifer Rothschild, Megan Biggins and Peter Petruski are a lively bunch of librarians; they led 200 loyal readers through 1,200 pages of Napoleonic grandiosity and Russian fatalism. A good time was had by all. Except maybe the characters. They’re never very happy…
The last time I had such a large group with me in the studio was when Felonious Munk, Odinaka Ezeokoli and Calvin Evans of the Chicago-based Second City joined me to talk about curiosity and comedy.
What do librarians reading Tolstoy and comedians talking about racism have in common? It turns out: a lot
Check out my previous conversation with Arlington Public Library (APL)’s Jennifer Rothschild.
Want to join the next Big Book read? Visit APL for details.
See a clip of Nothing to Lose (But Out Chains) with Felonious, Calvin and Odinaka.