One Hundred Years of Sexual Alienation –
from Kafka's The Castle
to "Cat Person",
the Most Read Online Short Story
Sunday, June 9, 4-6pm
in Pan's Garden (map)
506 21st Street, San Diego, CA 92102
We will continue our discussion of The Castle and bridge one of the leading themes of Kafka's novel, romantic relationships, sex and the yearning for love and understanding, to our modern-days mores.
Please join us to discover how the short story "Cat Person" that took the Internet by storm in 2018 is a continuation of a century old problem.
Kristen Roupenian's short story "Cat Person" was published by the New Yorker in December 2017. In the weeks after it was published, it was shared millions of times, went on to get more than 4.5m hits and became the most-read piece of online fiction the New Yorker has published. It is a story about dating, a kind of commentary on how people get to know each other, or don't, through electronic communication.
One hundred years ago the theme of sexual alienation was explored by Franz Kafka in The Castle. It is fascinating to trace the connection!
Our in house artist Byron LaDue will read from both stories to help us enjoy their writers' talent in search to debunk the puzzle: why is love plagued by misunderstandings?
There will be savory treats, wine, coffee, lots of good cheer, camaraderie with the usual hallmarks of our Coffee with Kafka events!
To read the "Cat Person" story click here; an interview with the author; and an article about the story.
To reserve a place, please e-mail: Elizabeth (at) coffeewithkafka.com