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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

9131 S. Greenridge Lane

Bloomington, Indiana 47401



8 March 2019





The Indianapolis Literary Club will meet next on Monday 18 March 2019 at 8:00 PM in Clowes Commons of Park Tudor School.  The evening’s essayist will be Morton J. Marcus who will read his essay entitled “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”


The world lies in the hands of those that have the courage to dream and who take the risk of living out their dreams -- each according to his or her own talent.

                                                Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho (1947 - )


        At the last meeting, President James Lingenfelter welcomed members and guests.  The only business was for Treasurer Richard Wiehe to provide an update on the sold-out Tri-Lit Club dinner with Hoosier author John Green as the keynoter.  Attendance is expected to peak at 230+!!


President Lingenfelter then introduced essayist Philip M. Coons who read his essay “From Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties and Things that Go Bump in the Night!  Good Lord, deliver us.”  Essayist Coons offered an informative and engaging profile of the life and works of English novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  The essay explored her personal life including a relationship with Percy Shelley and the numerous tragedies that befell her.  Essayist Coons also focused on the inspiration for her famous novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, published in 1818, as well as other lesser known works.  A lively discussion followed. 


Once again, the Club year has passed by quickly.  There are only three regular meetings of the Club remaining before the spring Ladies’ Night on 6 May and the year-ending annual and inaugural dinner on 15 May.  Mark your calendars now for these special dates.  Details on these events will follow later in April.


The Club will meet next on Monday 18 March 2019 at 8:00 pm in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School.  At that time, essayist Morton J. Marcus will present his essay, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  It is unlikely that the essayist will explore the history of the spiritual (by the same title) that was published first in 1927.  So, what does the essayist have in mind?  Given the essayist’s background in economics, might the essay examine one of the “captains of industry” or “robber barons” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries?  Could it be an analysis of Jeff Bezos and Amazon and their dominance in the world marketplace?  Might it address the creators of world atlases, beginning in 1595 when the German-Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator published Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura?  Or could it have a more presentist focus?  The Secretary has no clue, so you will need to attend to discover the theme of the essayist’s presentation.  Hope to see you there – and bring your singing voices in the event that the essayist attempts to lead us in song!

  The Secretary