THE INDIANAPOLIS LITERARY CLUB
David G. Vanderstel, Secretary
6679 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
11 January 2021
Indianapolis Literary Club year is off to a good start following a successful meeting via Zoom on 4 January. The next
meeting of the Club will be 8:00 pm on Tuesday 19 January 2021 on Zoom. Please note the change of evening due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The evening’s essayist will be Stephen J. Jay who will read his essay “Changing
the Nature of Things.”
My heart is wasted by the thought of that destructive power which
lies concealed in every part of universal nature. Nature has formed nothing that does not consume itself, and every object
near it; so that, surrounded by earth and air, and all the active powers, I wander on my way with aching heart; and the universe
is to me a fearful monster, for ever devouring its own offspring.
German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832),
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The last meeting of the Club -- which was to have been the annual holiday collation -- began with a period of open conversation
for all who entered the meeting early. President Joseph Hingtgen then extended his New Year’s greetings to the
members. The Secretary then presented the nomination of James William Brown, a retired professor of journalism at IUPUI,
whose membership is sponsored by John Guy, Morton Marcus, and Gene Lausch. The Club then spoke to the nomination and
voted to invite Mr. Brown to membership. Congratulations and welcome, Jim!
Past president Jim Lingenfelter reported that details
are being worked on for the annual Tri-Lit meeting, featuring author A’Lelia Bundles, which would be conducted via Zoom.
Details will follow as they develop.
Members then heard first-time essayist David Lips present his essay, “Two Timer, or Once is
Not Enough.” The essayist examined the life and political career of Grover Cleveland, the nation’s 22nd and 24thpresident.
He was one of two Democrats who won the presidency during a time of Republican domination from 1861 to 1933. Essayist
Lips explored Cleveland’s reputation for being an exceptional policymaker. A period of engaging questions –
particularly with regards to the current state of politics --and discussion followed.
As we move into 2021, please
consider potential candidates to become members of the Club. Invite friends to join in on our Zoom meetings. Encourage
them to visit the Club website – www.literaryclub.org – to learn about the Club’s history, read some of the recent essays, and even
view our recorded Zoom meetings thus far. Remind them that the Literary Club is a unique organization in the city and
one of only a few remaining male literary clubs in the nation.
A quick reminder to pay your dues if you have not
done so to date.
Make sure that your calendar is marked for the next meeting of the Club – Tuesday 19 January 2021– at 8:00 PM via Zoom. Details for accessing the meeting will be sent closer to the meeting date. That evening, essayist
Stephen J. Jay will present his essay, “Changing the Nature of Things.” Will this be an extension of the
essayist’s presentation last year which examined the importance of science and the role of Indiana University in genetic
research? Or does the essayist have something else in mind? You will need to join the next Club meeting –
or read the distributed essay – to discover the essayist’s intent. Hope to see you there!
possunt oculi naturam noscere rerum.
The eyes cannot know the nature
Roman poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius (99 BC – 55 BC),
De Rerum Natura
All discussion of the ultimate nature of things must
necessarily be barren unless we have some extraneous standards against which to compare them.
British astrophysicist Sir James Jeans (1877-1946),
The Mysterious Universe (1930)