112th: The Essays Book Club discusses "Strangers Drowning"
Join The Essays Book Club on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30pm for a discussion on Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help by Larissa Macfarquhar.
Synopsis: What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In "Strangers Drowning," Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas.
Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, and Noam Chomsky, among many others. Previously she was a senior editor at Lingua Franca and an advisory editor at The Paris Review. MacFarquhar lives in New York.
The Essays Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss a collection of essays. Though the essay is a famously ancient form, this book club will focus largely on more contemporary essays. The collections we read will be by a variety of writers—men and women, experimental and traditional authors, from America and abroad—and address a wide range of topics. Discussions will focus on both the subject matter of the books and the techniques employed by their authors. The book club facilitator will be Ryan Jaworski. If you have questions or would like to join the book club, please email email@example.com.