The Getty Villa
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Noted writer and critic Daniel Mendelsohn considers the paradoxical role of mistakes in works of great literature. Paying special attention to Homer's Odyssey and its hero Odysseus, Mendelsohn investigates the ethical and structural value of screwing up. He explores the ways that missteps and gaffes lead to satisfying stories, and how characters gain insight as they arc from stubborn self-confidence to humbling realizations of error. Like many of literature's intellectually overconfident players, even Odysseus has to blunder badly before he can truly be called "brilliant."

Copies of Mendelsohn's latest book, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, will be available for sale in the Museum Store, and a book signing follows his talk.

About Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally bestselling author, award-winning critic and essayist, and columnist for Harper's. He began his career in journalism in 1991, contributing to such publications as The Village Voice and The Nation while completing his Ph.D. in classics at Princeton University. His translations, reviews, and essays have appeared regularly in numerous national publications, most frequently The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. He is the author of seven books, including a scholarly study of Greek tragedy; two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken, and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture; and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, the 2006 account of Mendelsohn's search for information about relatives who perished in the Holocaust. His next book, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic (Knopf, October 2017) recounts his travels around the Mediterranean with his late father, a scientist, while reading the Odyssey. Mendelsohn lives in the Hudson Valley and teaches literature at Bard College.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:15 p.m. Seating in the Auditorium is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The Museum Store and galleries will be open before and after the program; complimentary refreshments will be served after the program. Please note that some galleries are currently closed as we reinstall the collection in a new presentation. Click here for details.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.