2012年8月29日，晚7：00；地点：UCCA, Le Café （咖啡屋）
8月28日 英语讲座 收费20－30元
The Encyclopedia of Stupidity – a booktalk with Matthijs van Boxel
Dutch writer Matthijs van Boxsel believes that no one is intelligent enough to understand their own stupidity. In his book The Encyclopedia of Stupidity he shows how stupidity manifests itself in all areas, in everyone, at all times, proposing that stupidity is the foundation of our civilization. Van Boxsel analyzes stupidity using fairy tales, cartoons, triumphal arches, garden architecture, jokes, flimsy excuses and science fiction. He examines mythic fools such as Cyclops and King Midas, cities such as Gotham, archetypes including the dumb blonde, and traditionally stupid animals such as the goose, the donkey and the headless chicken. Join us as Van Boxsel shares his views on how stupidity is a condition for intelligence, that blunders stimulate progress, that failure is the basis for success. In this erudite and witty book he maintains that our culture is the product of a series of failed attempts to comprehend stupidity.
Brought to you by the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
19:30 28 Aug 2012 @ The Bookworm with Matthijs van Boxsel
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Chaoyang District, Beijing
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