Delve Seminar Summary: Works of Heart

Delve Seminar Summary: Works of Heart

[by Adair V] Seminar Title: “Works of Heart: Literature and Medical Humanities” Guide: Lois Leveen Reading List: The Wet Engine by Brian Doyle The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal   The idea of “heart” permeates our lives, so ubiquitous we’re hardly aware of it, kind of like our own heartbeats. It’s at the center of how we…

Delve Seminar Guides: Hiring Information

Literary Arts is currently accepting proposals from instructors/guides for our Delve Readers Seminars  for the 2019-2020 season (Fall 2019 to Spring 2020). The Delve 2018-2019 season has been scheduled.  Delve Readers Seminars are discussion-based literature seminars that explore compelling authors and books, themed literary topics, and also the intersection of literature with other mediums. Literary…

Delve Seminar Summary: Roberto Bolaño–State/Art/Violence

Delve Seminar Summary: Roberto Bolaño–State/Art/Violence

[by Patrick Newson] Seminar Title: “Roberto Bolaño: State/Art/Violence” Guide: Benjamin McPherson Ficklin Texts by Roberto Bolaño: The Savage Detectives  Distant Star Antwerp     Bolano: Art, State, Violence   My first encounter with Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives was an audiobook version I bought in San Francisco several years ago. My friend, BMF —…

Delve Seminar Summary: Octavia Butler’s Parables

Delve Seminar Summary: Octavia Butler’s Parables

[by Krystal Wu] Seminar Title: “Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents” Guide: Christopher Rose Novel Series by Octavia Butler: Parable of the Sower (novel) Parable of the Talents (novel)     All that you touch, You Change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change. God Is…

Delve Seminar Summary: George Saunders–The Long and Short Of It

Delve Seminar Summary: George Saunders–The Long and Short Of It

[by Elizabeth Scott] Seminar Title: “George Saunders: The Long and Short of It” Guide: Trevor Dodge Texts by George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (novel) Tenth of December (stories)   9/6/17 After introductions, Trevor spent some time talking about George Saunders’ writing process based on an essay he wrote.  Saunders views the process of writing as one…

Delve Seminar Summary: Hannah Arendt ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’

Delve Seminar Summary: Hannah Arendt ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’

[by Monica Vilhauer] Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Guide: Satya Byock   On the night of our first rain in Portland in three months, I made my way over to Literary Arts downtown, wondering to myself about my company for the evening.  Who uses their free time to…

Delve Seminar Summary: One Nation Still On Fire–James Baldwin & Jesmyn Ward

Delve Seminar Summary: One Nation Still On Fire–James Baldwin & Jesmyn Ward

[by Jenny Chu] One Nation Still On Fire: James Baldwin and Jesmyn Ward Guide: Béalleka Makau     *This blog article will appear also in the Oregon Arts Watch in 2018.   I want to write about a dead elephant. As a scribe, my tuition was comped for the sold-out Delve, “One Nation Still on…

Delve Seminar Summary: Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex

Delve Seminar Summary: Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex

[by Patrick Findler]   Dispatch 1: There were fifteen of us gathered around a square wooden table to talk about Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, specifically the first two parts of volume I, “Facts and Myths.” This will be a record of some of the things said during that conversation, to give a sense…

Delve Seminar Summary: Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’ & the 2016 Election

Delve Seminar Summary: Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’ & the 2016 Election

[by Ben Adams]   Don DeLillo is known as a literary curmudgeon. Suffice it to say he makes public appearances with great hesitance and many grievances; you can almost see him protesting onstage. He detests trivialities involving his work, and when pressed will pass on questions or give blunt one-word answers. So, when I was…

Delve Guide Spotlight: Melissa Joan Walker

Delve Guide Spotlight: Melissa Joan Walker

Melissa Joan Walker is a local writer whose work has appeared in outlets such as the Denver Quarterly, Sentence, Banshee, theNewerYork, After Hours; Orion Headless, Parable Press and more. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught writing, literature, and creativity to students at Roosevelt University, DePaul…