The ancients hold up a mirror to us where we see all the desolation and delusion of our lives, but also the terrifying beauty and intensity of existence.
- Simon Critchley
What better way to contemplate life and tragedy than with two of the world’s finest conversationalists and a Bloody Mary? To celebrate the launch of his latest book, Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us, writer and philosopher Simon Critchley joins master interviewer Paul Holdengräber for a stimulating discussion on the lessons drawn from ancient Greek tragedy, and how those can help us better understand the faults that are both in our stars and in ourselves. Critchley sees it as the responsibility of every generation to reinvent the classics. For us not to become stupefied by the onrush of a fast-changing future that we cannot control or even imagine, we must scrutinize and interpret the past and its powerful influence on our present. To discuss how Greek tragedy can help us do exactly that, Critchley finds a perfect partner in Holdengräber, Founding Executive Director of Onassis Los Angeles (OLA), and former director of The New York Public Library’s LIVE from the NYPL, where he interviewed and hosted over 600 events with major cultural figures. Writer and actor Michael Imperioli will read from translations of the ancient texts.
FREE and open to all. Copies of Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us will be available for purchase.
Brunch, Tragedy & Us is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater.