Beachchair Philosophers

I assembled this collection of images for the University of King’s College. The Brainiac Beach Reading Facebook group discusses short works of literature. The “Original Brainiacs at the Beach” album depicts great philosophers and thinkers enjoying the shore. Check out Brainiac Beach Reading’s Facebook page here.

Carl Jung enjoys placid Lake Zurich.

Einstein’s trip to the beach inspired Philip Glass.

Kafka and a pal get away from it all.

Kurt Vonnegut knows how to spend a day at the beach.

Dunes and butterflies are the perfect combination for Nabokov.

Mordecai Richler and wife Florence take a cruise along the shore.

St. John Senator Theovald Moorehead catches some rays. John Steinbeck makes shades look good.

George Orwell spends the day on rocky Southwold Beach in Suffolk.

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre take a turn on the beach.

Happy days are here again for Sylvia Plath and friend Elizabeth Cantor.

Unsurprisingly, Thomas Mann is the life of the beach party.

T.S. Eliot, not fearing death by water.

William Faulkner takes his Mint Julep down to the shore.

William Faulkner takes his Mint Julep down to the shore.

W.H. Auden watching the waves.

King of the beach Ernest Hemingway chats with second wife Pauline.

Rafael Alberti takes advantage of his location on the Mediterranean.

Claude Levi-Strauss sets up shop on the Amazon shore.

Ludwig Wittgenstein rowing from Skjolden to his house.

Whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or the Cosmic Ocean, Carl Sagan is at its shore.

Peter Orlovsky and Jack Kerouac don their bathing suits in Tangier; a very relaxed William S. Burroughs takes a nap in a more formal suit.

A (near) solitary Samuel Beckett roams the sandy shore.

Tennessee Williams lives la dolce vita on an Italian beach.

A relaxing boat ride is just the ticket for Slavoj Žižek.

Trendsetting surfer George Bernard Shaw at the Muizenberg beach.

After he roused a nation with talk of storming beaches, Winston Churchill painted them.

Gao Xingjian casts his shadow on a beach in Marseilles.

Joan Didion wades in.

A rare moment where Mahatma Gandhi is led instead of leading.

Truman Capote enjoys the sun on a Long Island beach.

Václav Havel leaves footprints.

Virginia Woolf and a friend demonstrate the latest beach fashions.

Henry James perfects the leisurely stroll.

Among his numerous awards, Haruki Murakami gets the prize for best day at the beach.

Summer waves and a couple of glasses of rum inspire Hunter S. Thompson.

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