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The Duel-Short Story by Anton Chekov

First published in 1891, this morality tale pits a scientist, a government worker, his mistress, a deacon, and a physician against one another in a verbal battle of wits and ethics that explodes into a violent contest: the duel. When Laevsky, a lazy youth who works for the government, tires of his dependent mistress, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, Von Koren, the scientist, delivers a scathing critique of Loevsky’s egotism, forcing the young man to examine his soul. The Duel is a tale of human weakness, the possibility of forgiveness, and a man’s ultimate ability to change his ways. It is classic Chekhov, revealing the multifaceted essence of human nature.

This class will be paired with a selection of craft beers and spirits from the Eastern Europe.

Instructor: Anton Krukowski 


Time: 7:00-8:30 PMthe-precint-beer-taster

WhereThe Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, SF


Drinkers and Great Thinkers Series: July 2015

Go Down, Moses- Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner

Together we will read a selection of short stories from this classic collection by William Faulkner. Through our discussion of Faulkner’s stories we will discuss race relations in the US, the impact of history on our identity and personal decision making, and what it means to be a human in the modern world.

Go Down, Moses is composed of seven interrelated stories, all of them set in Faulkner’s mythic Yoknapatawpha County. From a variety of perspectives, Faulkner examines the complex, changing relationships between blacks and whites, between man and nature, weaving a cohesive novel rich in implication and insight.- Goodreads Review

This class will be paired with a selection of craft beers from the American South in honor of Faulkner’s deep roots in the Southern U.S.

Instructor:Mary Finn

When:  Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Time: 7:00-8:30 PMthe-precint-beer-taster

WhereThe Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, SF


Eventbrite - Drinkers and Great Thinkers Sept. 2014: Short Stories of William Faulkner + Southern Craft Beers


 booksSF-Bound Course Series: The Poetics of Place: John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

How does the past of a place interact with the present?

The Nobel prize winning author John Steinbeck describes the sardine-packing area of Monterey as a “poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream” in his 1945 novella “Cannery Row“. Although the last sardine canning factory on Ocean View Avenue shuttered its windows in 1973, the waterfront street in Monterey has been officially renamed Cannery Row in honor of Steinbeck’s oeuvre. Former factories have been transformed into hotels and restaurants, and the street now bustles with commercial activity.

In this SF-Bound Polis course, we will explore together the essential questions of location and collective memory with the help of Steinbeck’s impeccable work. How is it possible to understand the transformation of Cannery Row from an industrial eyesore to a popular tourist attraction? How is this transformation echoed in today’s San Francisco and the larger Bay Area? How do we discuss today the class tensions Steinbeck so artfully captured fifty years ago? Does the past remain imbedded in the historical memory of a place?

Join us as we discuss one of Steinbeck’s most famous works and sip on California craft ales and sodas.

This course will contain an optional field trip to Monterey to see Cannery Row with our own eyes. Details will provide in class.

Instructor: Mary Finn

When: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

WhereThe Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, SF

Eventbrite - SF Bound Course Series: John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row


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