APRIL BOOK DISCUSSION
Our next book discussion in the Newman Room, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at St Paul is on Monday, April 29. You can choose one or both books suggested for discussion:
A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century by Paul Kengor or
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt.
Kengor looks at the bond that developed between the Catholic Pope and the Protestant President both of whom experienced strikingly similar near-death experiences. The author proposes a spiritual connection between the two men that led them to confront Soviet Communism hastening the end of the Cold War.
Stephen Greenblatt explores Shakespeare’s insight into bad (and often mad) rulers. The author explores the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies over which they rule. He hi-lights the unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues; the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers-on who surround them, imagining how they might have been stopped.
Bring something for the pot luck lunch break. Contact Mary Mauer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 464-4831 with any questions. (No, everyone will not have read the book!)