KHC 5-16, Ben Pleasants: “Erotica v Porn”

From KHC Culver City’s Mike Everling:

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY  MAY 16, 2011    

Ben Pleasants “Erotica vs Pornography”BOOK TOUR

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue) in West Los Angeles
(310) 645-0456.  The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

7:00  p.m.  Gathering Time      [Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus $3.00  Club Cover Charge ]
8:00  p.m.  Dinner  (Order from the regular menu)
8:30  p.m.   Special Presentation (This meeting only)
8:45  p.m.  Announcements
9:00  p.m.  Guest Speaker: Ben Pleasants
10:00  p.m. Q & A
10:30  p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s    (Please depart premises promptly)
11:00  p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling    Lounge- Radisson Hotel 1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City

For information on the Karl Hess Club: http://www.karlhessclub.org/

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Our fellow member and friend Ben Pleasants has been busy writing books and one of the latest is his novel Spearmint Leaves, which we might describe politely as being an erotic novel.  That is to say there are erotic scenes in the novel.

It might also be construed as being  pornographic, which it isn’t by my lights but may be by those of others.

Possibly because it contains characters who are pornographic (because of who and what they are) by definition it might be considered a novel of pornography.

Ben will explain the difference between the two terms and also in what ways they may be synonymous.  We will also explore in what ways pornography, so-called, may be socially useful, and as such may be a legitimate literary form, one which dates from antiquity.

From Amazon: regarding Spearmint Leaves:  “They were identical cousins.  One was a TV star.  One was a porn star. Each was fascinated by the other’s profession.  One day they switched places.  They exchanged their roles and their lives.  Nobody suspected a thing.  And nobody foresaw the tragedy that would ensue.”

For more information: http://www.amazon.com/Spearmint-Leaves-Ben-Pleasants/dp/1453695451

ABOUT THE  SPEAKER:  

Ben Pleasants is a noted playwright and novelist. His plays include The Gluttons (1970), Winter in Mongolia (1975), The Hemingway/Dos Passos Wars (1998), Contentious Minds: The Mary McCarthy/Lillian Hellman Affair (2002), and the upcoming The Ghosts of Pumpkin Park (2011). His next novel is The Victory of Defeat.  Ben and his wife Paula reside in Westwood. This will be Ben’s fifth appearance as a speaker.  Please make plans to join us for what is sure to be a scintillating evening!
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Upcoming Programs Scheduled:
         
June 20, 2011          Terry Brussel ET AL. “Libertarian Relationships” [17th Anniversary KHC]
July 18, 2011           Roger Bissell “Ayn Rand and the Logic of Liberty”
August 15, 2011      Howard Hinman “The Secrets of MERS and the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.”
September 19, 2011  Karl Hess IV “Whither Conservation in the 21st Century: More Government or More Liberty?”
October 17, 2011       Richard B. Boddie “SEK3 Was Right After All”
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles.  The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.  You may be seated in the meeting room at that time.  Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until  8 p.m.  The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp).   Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00).  Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab.  The club dues will be collected from you.  Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.
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Special Note:    VENUE FOR AFTERMEETING: RADISSON HOTEL LOUNGE

Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Radisson Hotel Culver City.   When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Radisson and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Radisson is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one  block West of Sepulveda Boulevard).  It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.:  the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase.   The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

Radisson Telephone: (310) 649-1776
      For More Hotel Info, see: Radisson Website:

http://www.radisson.com/culver-city-hotel-ca-90230-6306/caculver

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Random End Notes:   Last month our speaker, Dick Boddie, was unable to attend.  He has been rescheduled
for October 17.   We apologize for any inconvenience to our members on this account.   Special thanks must go
to our member and friend J. Neil Schulman for graciously stepping in to lead a round robin discussion of the new film, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1.  It was to be a very appropriate topic as the film had just opened the previous Friday.


Neil’s incisive commentary included his professional insights into independent filmmaking and this illuminated our understanding of the movie casting, filming and marketing processes, and the ensuing conversation was extremely entertaining and informative.   It turns out that even the KHC’s “Plan B” programs are especially worth attending, so be sure to come on down whenever you can so as to enjoy your club.   Once again, Thanks, Neil!

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