2017: An Unlikely World
Voices of the Almost Impossible
- How does each selection relate to this year’s theme?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of each genre for exploring the strange, the unusual, and the improbable? I.e., is a television show a better venue for a story about aliens than a poem?
- How does literature help us make sense of the unlikely human condition?
- What is the role of literature in a world that increasingly values more practical fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math? Is literature ultimately just entertainment?
- How does literature help us explore alternate lives and worlds? Does reading literature helps us develop empathy for those unlike ourselves, or is that asking too much of it?
- A Statistician to His Love | Peter Goldsworthy
- Ode to an Artichoke | Pablo Neruda
- Maybe All This & Thoughts Haunting Me in Busy Streets | Wisława Szymborska
- Flowers | Wendy Cope
- Hope is the thing with feathers | Emily Dickinson
- Praise | Robert Hass
- Kubla Khan | Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- The Road Not Taken | Robert Frost
- The Alphabet Conspiracy | Rita Mae Reese
- Another Planet | Dunya Mikhail
- Happiness | Jane Kenyon
- Lucky | Tony Hoagland
- Mars Haiku Contest | Assorted
Drama & Film
- Pushing Daisies (Season 1, Episode 1)
- Julius Caesar (Act III, Scene 2) | William Shakespeare
- Back to the Future (1985)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (excerpt) | Douglas Adams
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapters I and II | Lewis Carroll
- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Ambrose Bierce
- Death and What Comes Next | Terry Pratchett
- The Colomber | Dino Buzzati
- Every Day (Day 5994) | David Levithan
- Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers | Lawrence Watt-Evans
- The Weight of Memories | Liu Cixin
- A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings | Gabriel Garcia Marquez