Shorts and Stouts

Upcoming Discussions:


The Brothers Grimm

January 14, 2019 

"Hansel and Gretel" and "Little Red Riding Hood".

Themes include: the woods, abandonment, puberty, predation, and cannibalism.

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Margaret Atwood

March 11, 2019 

"Happy Endings" and "Rape Fantasies".

Themes include: the ending, middle class values, innocence, dark humor, and awkward conversations.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

May 13, 2019 

"A Temporary Matter" and "Interpreter of Maladies".

Themes include: marriage, assimilation, honesty, language barriers, and lousy Americans.

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Katherine Anne Porter

July 8, 2019 

"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" and "Flowering Judas".

Themes include: jilting, weathering, disenchantment, illusions, and betrayals.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

September 9, 2019 

"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "The Minister's Black Veil".

Themes include: testing the waters, visages, social experiments, purity, and accessories.

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Haruki Murakami

November 11, 2019 

"The Kangaroo Communiqué" and "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning".

Themes include: unrequited love, distant love, insecure love, uncomfortable love, and reflective love.

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W.E.B. Dubois

February 11, 2019 

 "Jesus Christ in Texas" and "The Comet".

Themes include: second comings, unrecognizability, dystopian values, and becoming more human.

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Sherwood Anderson

April 8, 2019 

"Adventure" and "The Egg".

Themes include: small towns, grotesques, shells, isolation, side shows, and ovology.

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Donald Barthelme

June 10, 2019 

"The School" and "A City of Churches".

Themes include: educational standards, absurdity, inevitable death, meaninglessness, and car dealers.

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Zora Neale Hurston

August 12, 2019 

"Sweat" and "The Gilded Six-Bits".

Themes include: snakes, bad marriage partners, gender expectations, class, vernacular, and Floridians.

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Patricia Highsmith

October 14, 2019 

"The Snail Watcher" and "The Quest for Blank Claveringi".

Themes include: snail horror.

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Anton Chekhov

December 9, 2019 

"Gooseberries" and "Vanka".

Themes include: social injustice, fulfillment, landscape, and ignorant children.

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About Shorts and Stouts

Shorts & Stouts is a short story discussion group sponsored by the McCracken County Public Library and held at Dry Ground Brewery on the second Monday of each month at 7pm. Discussions are open to the public. No "stout" purchase is required.

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