The Brooklyn Public Library is leading the Borough's intellectual resistance against our orange Cheeto overlord, following a successful all-night philosophy marathon this weekend.
The library announced the series: 1984/48: A Book Discussion, starting this month and continuing for the next consecutive 48 months. That's right. For the next four years.
Each monthly cycle will meet for three consecutive weeks, and participants will receive a free copy of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984.
The eerie 1948 novel has seen a surge in sales in the wake of Trump's being elected, despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. In fact, it's currently sold out on Amazon.
Each session will be facilitated by a librarian, writer, community member, artist, etc. But this will be way more than just a book club.
Participants "will strategize, host sign-making workshops, volunteer, and more. The discussions will be facilitated by community experts in issues like criminal justice, housing advocacy, and homeless service—and of course librarians, as perhaps the truest supporters of free and unimpeded access to knowledge."
The series is proving to be just as popular as the once again frighteningly relevant novel, and registration is already full through the July cycle. Just remember you 41 more months to participate.
In the meantime, why not read another timely book that is seeing a surge in sales in the wake of our new regime: like Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent.
So pick up a copy of 1984 and give it a read— and revel in the fact that you are already more intellectually engaged than the current leader of the free world.