The week’s events are presented by City Lights in conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Goethe Institut San Francisco, the Program in Critical Theory at University of California Berkeley, The Mechanics’ Institute Library, the San Francisco Art Institute, and HUP.
Stoicism is supposed to be a living, breathing thing.
Eiland and Jennings have been critical to our Benjamin project, which, as Waters shared with the City Lights blog, can be traced back to his graduate school exposure to Benjamin by Paul de Man and Hannah Arendt.
Eiland and Jennings have most recently expanded our Benjamin offerings with the publication of Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life, the first full critical biography of Benjamin in any language.
Each coin is then shipped in a velvet ring box with an accompanying information card, explaining the practice to anyone receiving the coin. (“the pre-meditation of evils”) is a Stoic exercise of imagining things that could go wrong or be taken away from us.
It helps us prepare for life’s inevitable setbacks and develop resilience in the face of uncertainty.They rally to every challenge and thrive as a result.To keep this in mind, we’ve created The Obstacle Is The Way medallion to carry with you. The back shows Marcus’s enduring words: “The impediment to action advances action, what stands in the way becomes the way.” Each coin is handcrafted in the United States by a custom mint operating in Minnesota since 1882.The pair adapted a brief introduction to Benjamin’s life and work from the book, which can be read in full online.Haunted Reflections begins this evening at City Lights, with “Angel of History at the Gates of the West,” a “skeleton key” to Benjamin’s life and work, featuring Eiland, Jennings, and Waters, and moderated by Paul Yamazaki, chief book buyer at City Lights.For more book suggestions, check out our post “The Stoic Reading List: 3 Must-Read Books To Get You Started” as well as “28 Books On Stoicism: The (Hopefully) Ultimate Reading List.” offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. features fifty-two new Stoic disciplines or practices, one for each week of the year, along with a special introduction about the art of journaling.Every day of the year you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. Each weekly practice is presented with advice and direction, along with a few quotes from the great Stoics to help focus your attention on the practice for the week.The premeditatio malorum medallion is designed to keep us prepared–and strengthen us for any possibility.The back features part of Seneca’s quote Each coin is handcrafted in the United States by a custom mint operating in Minnesota since 1882. Ego is that outsized sense of self-importance, that malignant self-absorption, a belief that one is somehow inherently better and entitled to more than everyone else, what NBA Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley famously called “the disease of me.” Whatever we’re doing in life–whether we’re aspiring to do something, experiencing success or in the middle of difficulty–ego is the enemy every step along the way.It is a view Marcus Aurelius could only imagine but still understood.The image is a prompt to zoom out of your own bubble and see the world as a whole and understand the interdependence of everyone on it.