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DukeReads: In Our Time

On Wednesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m., Melissa Malouf and NPR's Frank Stasio will have an online discussion of Ernest Hemingway's book of short stories, IN OUR TIME. "I took 'DukeReads' to be about reading," she says, "which is one of the reasons I picked IN OUR TIME. When I was a college student, I learned a great deal about 'close reading' from this book. I also picked it because the key stories speak so indirectly, yet pointedly, about manhood and its difficulties, and about war."

The five discussion topics to be covered are:

1. Reading "Indian Camp": Why do women "hardly ever" kill themselves?

2. Telling It Like It Isn't: "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife"

3. "He liked to open cans": post-traumatic stress in "Big Two-Hearted River"

4. "Be a man, my son": Sam Cardinella and the question of manhood

5. Hemingway as one of the muses for IT HAD TO BE YOU: THE JOAN & ERNEST STORY by Melissa Malouf. (You don't have to have read this book.) Malouf will talk about the ways the previous topics helped her to get to know her Ernest.

Go to www.DukeReads.com to learn how you can be part of the conversation.

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Posted 17 October 2008

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