Brilliant Minds - Book List - Spring 2024

Enheduana, The Complete Poems, trans. Helle,  (Yale)

Euripides, Helen, in: Ion, Helen, Orestes, trans. Svarlien, UK ed. (Hackett)

Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, eds. Mowat & Werstine (Folger)

Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, ed. Dobr’ee (Oxford) 

Clarice Lispector, The Besieged City, trans. Lorenz (New Directions)

Jon Fosse, The Other Name: Septology I-II, trans. Searls (Transit)

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Brilliant Minds - Book list - Fall 2023

Here is the book list for the upcoming Brilliant Minds - Fall 2023 semester:

Cicero, The Nature of the Gods, trans. P.G. Walsh (Oxford)

ISBN: 9780199540068

Plutarch, A Selection of Eight Roman Lives, trans. Robin Waterfield (Oxford)

ISBN: 9780199537389

Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe, trans. Anthony Bale (Oxford) 

ISBN: 9780199686643

Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, eds. Mowat & Wresting (Folger) 

ISBN: 9780743482745

George Sand, Indiana, trans. Sylvia Raphael (Oxford) 

ISBN: 9780199540488

Robert Glück, Margery Kempe, intro. Colm Toibin (NYRB Classics)

ISBN: 9781681374314

Jokha Alharthi, Celestial Bodies, trans. Marilyn Booth (Catapult)

ISBN: 9781948226943 

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Literature for the 21st Century - Summer 2023

Here is our Summer reading list!

Audrey Magee, The Colony (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth (Penguin)

Genya Turovskaya, The Breathing Body of This Thought (Black Square)

Andrey Kurkov, Gray Bees, trans. Boris Dralyuk (Deep Vellum)

Olga Tokarczuk, The Books of Jacob, trans. Jennifer Croft (Riverhead)

Annie Ernaux, The Years, trans. Alison L. Strayer (Seven Stories)

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Brilliant Minds - Spring 2023 Book List

Brilliant Minds — Spring 2023 Readings:

Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. Walsh (Oxford)

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, eds. Mowat & Werstine (Folger)

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, ed. Watts (Oxford)

Abdulrazak Gurnah, Paradise (New Press)

Louise Glück, The Wild Iris (Ecco)

Elif Shafak, The Island of Missing Trees (Penguin) 

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Brilliant Minds - Fall 2022

Here is our reading list in recommended editions for Fall 2022:

Euripides, Hippolytus, trans. Grene, in Euripides I (U Chicago) 

William Shakespeare, The Tempest, eds. Mowat & Werstine (Folger) 

Jean Racine, Phèdre, trans. Ted Hughes (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Albert Camus, The Stranger, trans. Matthew Ward (Vintage)

Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed (Hogarth)

Kamel Daoud, The Mersault Investigation, trans. John Cullen (Oneworld)

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Literature for the 21st Century - Summer 2022

Here is the list for our Summer reading!

Wild Swims, by Dorthe Nors

The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021, by Yusef Komunyakaa

In Memory of Memory, by Maria Stepanova 

Walking on Cowrie Shells, by Nana Nkweti

Sea of Tranquility: A novel, by Emily St. John Mandel 


Klara and the Sun links

Klara and the Sun links:

A Humanoid Who Cares For Humans, From the Mind of Kazuo Ishiguro (NYTimes review)

'Klara And The Sun' Is A Masterpiece About Life, Love And Mortality  (NPR review)

The Radiant Inner Life of a Robot (Atlantic review) 

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro review – another masterpiece (Guardian review) 

Bomb Under the Table: On Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”  (LA Review of Books)

Kazuo Ishiguro on Klara and the Sun (Video/Waterstones)

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro on his new book, Klara and the Sun (Video/Kennys)

Kazuo Ishiguro talks about ‘Klara and the Sun,’ ‘GMA’s’ March Book Club pick (Video/ABC News)

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse for World Book Night (Video/British Library)

Kazuo Ishiguro: A Nobel Novelist Searches for Hope | The Agenda (Video)

Nobel Lecture: Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 (Video) 

Ishiguro and AI:

Kazuo Ishiguro Uses Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Limits of Our Own (The New Yorker)

Kazuo Ishiguro thinks artificial intelligence could replace human novelists (Literary Hub)

Kazuo Ishiguro: 'AI, gene-editing, big data ... I worry we are not in control of these things any more' (Guardian) 

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI (Wired)

Nobel author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human (CBC)

The Books Briefing: Boundaries Between Humans and Machines Are Vanishing (Atlantic)

The impact of artificial intelligence on human love - Kazuo Ishiguro (Channel 4)

Nobel-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence and love  (Channel 4)

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘When AI is writing our constitutions we should worry’ I FT (Financial Times)