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Daniel Klein, the bestselling author of the writing team that created such critically acclaimed books Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates was faced with something of an existential crisis recently when, at the age of 73, his dentist told him he’d need to choose either a denture plate or tooth implants. If he chose the implants, he would have to undergo several painful orthodontic procedures spread out over the span of moths. If he chose the dentures, he’d be stuck with a “clunky old-man smile” and restrictions on what he could eat. Klein initially planned on going with the implants. Upon further reflection however, he decided against the drill and went to Greece instead.
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life is his meditation on that experience. With all of Klein’s trademark humor and wisdom, he reflects on what one of his favorite philosophers, the sage Epicurus, could teach him about embracing those pleasures available only later in life. Klein also learns much from those elderly Greeks with whom he spends time chatting with in tavernas, men who have learned to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life and whose age is seen as an emblem of distinction. In Greece, Klein writes, saying that a man “wears his age on his face” is a compliment. This is a useful tonic to those accustomed to the youth-obsessed culture of the US and Klein reminds us, as he reflects on both daily life in Greece and on the beliefs of classic Greek philosophers, that old age is something to be valued, not shunned.
A travel book, a witty and accessible meditation, and an optimistic guide to living well, Travels with Epicurus is a delightful jaunt to the Aegean and through the terrain of old age that only Klein could navigate. (MDGentleReader)… (més)
Harvard Book Store is tickled to welcome comedy and philosophy gurus THOMAS CATHCART and DANIEL KLEIN for a discussion of Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between. (ablachly)… (més)
Please join us for the early evening visit by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, aka The Philosophy Guys. Friends for over fifty years, their 'crash course' in the basic concepts of western philosophy as told through jokes, has been bestseller and national phenomenon. That book, Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes (newly in an expanded paperback, Penguin), is one part of the occasion for this appearance, with a subsequently published follow-up, Aristotle and Aardvark Go to Washington (Abrams), being the other. (KingRat)… (més)
THOMAS CATHCART & DANIEL KLEIN, PLATO AND A PLATYPUS WALK INTO A BAR
Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar has been a breakout bestseller ever since the authors—and born vaudevillians—Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, “The Philosophy Guys,” did their schtick on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Cathcart worked with street gangs in Chicago and dropped in and out of various divinity schools. Klein wrote jokes for comedians including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin, designed stunts for Candid Camera, and continues to pen thrillers. (booksense)… (més)
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Warwick's, dimarts, setembre 23, 2008 a les 7:30pm
Called "the zaniest bestseller of the year," by the Boston Globe, Cathcart and Klein's Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes has been a breakout bestseller ever since "The Philosophy Guys" did their schtick on NPR's Weekend Edition. Plato and a Platypus hit bestseller lists in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY among other publications.Lively, original, and powerfully informative, the book is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Metaphysics to Logic. Don't really understand the concept of teleology? Wait until you hear the one about the Jewish grandmother walking down the street with her two grandsons. ("The doctor is five. The lawyer is seven," she explains.) And you don't need to read Sartre to understand Existentialism: Lenny, caught in bed with his best friend's wife and asked, "What are you doing here?" suavely replies, "Everybody's gotta be somewhere. (booksense)… (més)
BookPeople is proud to present authors Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, friends since college more than fifty years ago, who decided to write a book about how jokes illuminate philosophical ideals. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a lively and hilarious crash course through the traditions, concepts and thinkers of modern philosophy. “I laughed, I learned, I loved it!” - Roy Blount Jr. Today at 3PM. (EKAnderson)… (més)