Short stories have the power to entertain, inform, and even heal. Interpreting those stories, uncovering the author’s message, is a noble, challenging task. That task is the goal of this study group. Each week two complex stories by two different master authors are vigorously dissected for their ideas. During a lively exchange of interpretations, participants learn from one another and refine their own positions. At discussion’s end all have a clearer sense of the author’s words and, week by week, all become more adept at literary interpretation. There are neither prerequisites for this course nor is specialized knowledge required. The coordinators will provide any necessary definitions of literary terms as well as guidance on how to lead a discussion. The books for fall 2018 are: Instructions for a Funeral
by David Means (Farrar, Strauss, 2019); Catapult Stories
by Emily Fridlund (Sarabande, 2017); The Age of Perpetual Light
by Josh Weil (Grove Press, 2017); and Don’t Cry
by Mary Gaitskill (Pantheon, 2009).