Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 40: Emmanuel Levinas

We’re going deeper into the works of Emmanuel Levinas. After reading his response to Heidegger’s “Question Concerning Technology,” we’ve decided to read one of Levinas’s important essays, “Ethics as First Philosophy.” Continue reading Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 40: Emmanuel Levinas

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The Last Letter – with Andy Chaleff

51dgqmntykl-_sx312_bo1204203200_The Last Letter is the true story of healing from loss with an intimacy that has been described as, “vulnerable, brave, powerful.” Come to Old Capitol Books to participate in an afternoon of letter writing, story-telling, and sharing with The Last Letter author, Andy Chaleff. Continue reading The Last Letter – with Andy Chaleff

Art of the Salinas Valley – an afternoon with artist Janet Whitchurch

John Steinbeck’s imagination was occupied by the Salinas Valley and Salinas River of his California childhood. One became “the valley of the world” in East of Eden, a microcosm of nature, nurture, and culture in the turbulent unfolding of human history. The river—flowing north, like the River Nile, and underground, like the River Styx—served Steinbeck as a contrasting symbol of timelessness beyond man, like the tide pools and the stars in Sea of Cortez. Since Steinbeck wrote his books, artists in various media—watercolor painting, nature photography, narrative text—have interpreted the Salinas valley and river with a similar sense of adventure and appreciation. Janet Whitchurch combines all three—original text, nature photography, and watercolor painting—in her exploration of John Steinbeck’s valley and river, published here for the first time. Continue reading Art of the Salinas Valley – an afternoon with artist Janet Whitchurch