OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES: MEMOIRS AND PERSONAL ESSAYS


* Instructor: Roxandra Antoniadis
* Dates: 5-weeks (Mondays), starting Oct 18:
             —Mondays, 7-8:30 PM (Oct 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15)
* Place: Nonstop
* Workshop Fee: $50

Why (pace Nabokov) “speak memory”? This reading and discussion group will focus on works relating to food, travel, the mind, and war. The tone of the selections is varied, ranging from the hilarious to the somber. Discussions will center on the individual style of the authors and how the writer’s intent is conveyed. Those inspired by these personal essays will be encouraged to write their own (optional) and share them with the group; members are to provide a wholly safe and generous environment for these disclosures. The books: selections from Secret Ingredients, the New Yorker compendium of writings on food and drink; Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World, by Pico Iyer; An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist’s brilliant account of her battle with manic depression; and The Good Soldiers, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel.

Contact: (937) 717-6603 or roxandrava@aol.com

About The Instructor: Roxandra Antoniadis holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and a MSW. She has taught at Miami University, the University of Colorado, Denver; Shoin College (Japan); and F.I.T. in NYC. As a clinical social worker in NYC, she worked through the VA with Vietnam veterans and for several years maintained a small practice. Roxandra is an art consultant and serves as docent at the Springfield Museum of Art, where she leads monthly tours of current exhibitions.