You! Yeah, you, with the pea coat! Sir Mopes-a-lot! Put. The Kundera. Down. Good books get a bad rap these days, mostly on account of all those irredeemable assholes who are liable to curl up their lips into origami because you didn’t catch their perfectly-timed Master and Margarita reference. But what makes great lit great? Harvard professor of English Marjorie Garber tackles the question of whether or not the Western Canon’s got any ammunition left in her book The Use and Abuse of Literature, and she’ll be making her case over at Harvard Book Store this evening. Irredeemable assholes, take notes.
[Tue. 3.29.11. 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617.661.1515. 7pm/all ages/$5. harvard.com]