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Schedule of Philip Weinstein’s fall lecture series on Marcel Proust

This fall, literatus Philip Weinstein will hold another series of free public lectures at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven as part of “Islanders Read the Classics,” this time on legendary French writer...

In search of a Weinstein lecture

This fall, literatus Philip Weinstein will hold another series of free public lectures at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven as part of “Islanders Read the Classics,” this time on legendary French writer...

Questions and answers

Anytime is a good time to talk about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But especially so these days. With so many references to these documents in newspapers and the media in general, they seem...

Exploring Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

The often uncomfortable truths depicted in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” have made Mark Twain’s epic a favorite of generations of readers and literary luminaries, while the novel has also raised a variety of...

Hidden talent

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Island readers can enjoy a harvest of guided tours through the short stories of the masters this fall with lit whiz Philip Weinstein as part of the “Islanders Read the Classics” (IRTC) series, sponsored...

Jack Fruchtman will make sense of Thomas Paine

Political turmoil of the sort currently roiling our country can make citizens anxious, defensive, and dangerously partisan. But if we calm down and try to view the chaos from a historical perspective, we have...

John Hough Jr. will discuss Styron’s ‘The Confessions of Nat Turner’

On Aug. 21, 1831, African American slave Nat Turner initiated one of this country’s 33 recorded slave rebellions. Mr. Turner led approximately 80 other slaves in a six-week rebellion in Southampton County, Va. The...

Nancy Slonim Aronie will discuss the life-changing ‘Be Here Now’ at ‘Islanders Read the...

If you had read Hesse’s “Journey to the East,” Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” Castaneda’s “Teachings of Don Juan,” and an even more esoteric little travel guide called “Overland to India,”...

Islanders Read the Classics: Philip Weinstein on Beckett

When you have a chance to witness an expert at work, why not take it, especially if it’s free of charge? Islanders who like to read, especially the work of writers regarded as geniuses,...

John Sundman illuminates the world of sci-fi

“People deprecate science fiction as being a literature of ideas. But so is ‘Moby Dick,’” said John Sundman, who will lead the next Islanders Read the Classics, a two-part event on Feb. 28 and...

John Hough Jr. discusses Hemingway and war at Islanders Read the Classics

In the end, it seems that war was much kinder to Ernest Hemingway than the rest of his life. While many Americans in the first half of the 20th century wanted to be the roistering,...

John Hough Jr. discusses Hemingway and war at Islanders Read the Classics

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In the end, it seems that war was much kinder to Ernest Hemingway than the rest of his life. While many Americans in the first half of the 20th century wanted to be the roistering,...

Weinstein talk wraps summer section of ‘Islanders Read the Classics’

The truly literate are different from you and me. Take Island resident Phil Weinstein for example. The Swarthmore College lit prof has a library in his mind from which he can select old-timey classics that...

Dan Sharkovitz dissects the meat of ‘Hamlet’ at ‘Islanders Read’ event

“Hamlet” begins with a question: Who’s there? That’s just the start of the play’s enigmatic nature, which has been intriguing and confounding audiences since the 17th century. In his upcoming “Islanders Read the Classics”...

The characters of Charles Dickens come to life in the next Islanders Read the...

West Tisbury author John Hough, Jr. will lead a discussion this Tuesday, June 21 at the West Tisbury Library on “Bleak House,” Charles Dickens’s novel of family intrigue and boondoggling in the legal profession in mid-nineteenth...

‘Islanders Read the Classics’ explores Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’

Oak Bluffs resident Holly St. John Bergon will discuss one of poet Sylvia Plath’s major collections, “Ariel,” on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark library. Her talk is the latest in...