Friday, February 19, 2010 – 7:30pm
From the crucifixes hanging above our beds to the Bogeymen hiding under them, gods and monsters have always occupied considerable real estate in the human psyche. But sometimes a mattress and box spring are all that separate the two. Gods of all faiths have dispatched locusts, hail and frogs, induced famines and instituted curses. And who was really the monster in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”–the poor, misunderstood creature whose hideous exterior masked a very human heart, or the man who usurped God’s role by creating him? Today the line dividing the godly from the grotesque is blurrier than ever as technology hands us godlike powers–cloning! Bio-engineering! Artificial Intelligence!–opening possibilities that Mary Shelley couldn’t have imagined. But just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should–what happens when, as Joseph Conrad described it, our “inner evil” equals our “outer good”?
Garth will be reading a new and never published story.
For details on the event go to http://www.hugohouse.org/content/gods-and-monsters
For Garth’s complete schedule go to www.garthstein.com/calendar/events.php