karen m.

Location:

Santa Rosa, CA

Member since:

November 11, 2012

Please describe some of your favorite authors and works in the fields mentioned in the description for this Meetup Group.

I have been particularly interested in the history of Germany before WWII because I am a Holocaust survivor. I have read about the Weimar culture, the time of Bertolt Brecht's Berlin, the history of some of the people of that era, etc. I have not read as much in depth about it because it has been a very difficult subject for me to face. I have also read Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking", and I am finishing "The Little Book" by Selden Edwards. I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa in Spanish and have enjoyed Steven Bach's book "Leni" as it is a fresh look at her life (Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler's movie maker). I have not been able to get through Erik Larson's "In the Garden of the Beasts", which I started recently. As you can see, my interests are varied and they could be classified in the realms of psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, etc.

What topics interest you most in what might be broadly described as the world of ideas?

Conversations about losing a life partner & beginning a new life, are we living in a "democracy or a polyarchy" in our country?, are we going in the direction of WWIII?, where is our country going?, etc., etc. (I have often wondered if what happened in Germany could happen here).

Are you single, that is, not married, engaged, living with a romantic partner, or in a romantic relationship either of you considers exclusive?

recently widowed

Can you post a recent (taken this year) photo? If you don't post pictures on the web, would you be willing to send one to other members on request?

yes

Introduction

I am a resident of Santa Rosa with a variety of interests who sometimes does not find sufficient intellectual stimulation available ... I am looking forward to meet more members of this group.

What karen m. is saying about this Meetup Group

I have gone to one meeting and I am interested in attending future meetings because the discussions were very good and the group extremely interesting. Our organizer is special! He is well prepared, patient, has read a great deal on the subjects he covers and gives excellent references for us to follow-up.


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