Curiosity & A Big Book – #OhBoyTolstoy

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:  Tackle reading the very big book, War and Peace, while talking about it online (and cheering each other on when necessary).

A team from Arlington Public Library navigated the tome with curiosity as a travel companion.  Alex Zealand, Jennifer Rothschild, Megan Biggins and Peter Petruski are a lively bunch of librarians; they led 200 loyal readers through 1,200 pages of Napoleonic grandiosity and Russian fatalism. A good time was had by all. Except maybe the characters. They’re never very happy…

Listen to Choose to be Curious #62: Curiosity & A Big Book – #OhBoyTolstoy

The last time I had such a large group with me in the studio was when Felonious Munk, Odinaka Ezeokoli and Calvin Evans of the Chicago-based Second City joined me to talk about curiosity and comedy.

What do librarians reading Tolstoy and comedians talking about racism have in common? It turns out: a lot

Listen to Curiosity to Go, Ep. 35: Of Literature and Comedy

Check out my previous conversation with Arlington Public Library (APL)’s Jennifer Rothschild.

Want to join the next Big Book read? Visit APL for details.

See a clip of Nothing to Lose (But Out Chains) with Felonious, Calvin and Odinaka.

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Tolstoy - We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom

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