By Pam Stevens
Do you think Nietzsche is peachy? Or are you curious to know more about the ideas of the famous German philosopher, but reading a lengthy work by the author of Thus Spoke Zarathrustra strike you as, well, work?
Either way, you may enjoy reading Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo, a relatively short book he wrote describing his various philosophical works, then getting together (virtually speaking) with other interested readers to talk about it on Tuesday, July 28, at the Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club meeting via Zoom, 6:30 to 8pm.
Ecce Homo is available online for free as a Project Gutenberg e-book. It can be thought of as a “sampler” of Nietzsche’s ideas. If you would enjoy participating in the July 28 discussion, please email book group facilitator Pam Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Sunday, July 26 and you will be added to the list to receive the meeting ID. Please join us!
Currently the Mira Mesa Branch Library is closed to the public until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but library online services are available, including ebooks and databases. In addition, the Mira Mesa Branch Library is now among the San Diego City library locations which are “contact free holds pick-up locations” for items patrons have placed on hold. Since June 1, 2020, library patrons can now place holds again, requesting a title from any branch in the system and getting it sent to one of the holds pick-up – locations.
For further information about library services, call the Mira Mesa Branch Library, 858-538-8165, Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, or see http://www.sandiegolibrary.org.
The Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club, a book group with a “freedom to read” theme, meets the last Tuesday of each month (no meeting in December) at 6:30pm. Although the group normally meets at the
library, meetings are currently taking place virtually via the meeting platform, Zoom.
Whether virtual or in-person, upcoming Banned Book Club meetings will feature discussions of these titles:
July 28, 2020: Ecce Homo, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Philosophical autobiography in which Nietzsche discusses his life and the various philosophical works he has written.
August 27, 2020: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story, by John Berendt. True crime. Listed at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks, 2008-09.
September 29, 2020: Annual Title Selection Meeting! Everyone is invited to help choose!
For more information, email book group facilitator Pam Stevens, email@example.com.