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Whitman Reading Group

As a part of our week of festivities to commemorate Walt Whitman's 200th birthday, Mechanics' is holding a reading group to discuss contemporary criticism of one of America’s favorite bards. This one-time discussion will dovetail with the week of San Francisco Pride.

We’ll be discussing two articles: "Whitman's Native Futurism: Frontier Erotics in the 1860 Leaves of Grass" by Benjamin Meiners in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review Volume 35; Number 3 (2018) plus an NBC News piece entitled, "Was Walt Whitman 'gay'? New textbook rules spark LGBTQ history debate." Both selections are available to read for free on the web by clicking the links above. They are also available in a binder on the 3rd Floor glass display.


Members only; Free
4th Floor Board Room
Myles Cooper - 415-857-6721

Future Activities

Aug 22 - 11:00am

Teacherless Writing
A member-led writing group

Aug 27 - 5:30pm

Knit Happens
Last Tuesday of the Month

Detail of the map

Aug 28 - 6:00pm

Mapping the City: A discussion of the 1854 map drawn by R.P. Bridgens
with Jimmie Schein from Schein & Schein Antique Maps and Prints