Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TSOL: On Superheroes

Philosopher in Punisher mode
Last night I ran a new class for The School of Life: "On Superheroes".

Drawing on some of my essays, research for The Art of Reading, and a misspent youth, I spoke about superheroes and conflict: psychological, existential, political, ethical -- and physical, of course.

Between my lectures were exercises. Working in groups, participants killed a superhero, placed two protagonists in a fight, and then invented an Australian character. Some of these were WILD.

I can't give all the details, but I will say this: poor wet, cold, dead Spiderman; hoorah for Venus; and what Robin and Superman had could NEVER HAVE LASTED.

An enormously fun class, which I hope to run again soon.

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