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(Un)Comfortably Numb – reading group

Short stories with Mariela Burani

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying

(Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb)

A woman (a madwoman?) confined to a room, a husband we first meet literally falling out of the sky, a couple unveiling an old incident, town people gathering in the village square to carry out the annual lottery.
Stories where characters seemed to be adapted to the circumstances, but certainties begin to fade away the moment they start to scratch the surface.
In these four meetings, we are going to revisit some modern classic texts by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, and Shirley Jackson. There is always something new to explore.

How are we going to work?

We’ll email you the texts in advance so you can read them before the meeting. Jot down your impressions, your ideas and opinions. We’ll discuss them every other Saturday in an online Zoom meeting from 10 to 11.30, so you can feel the company of like-minded readers in spite of the physical distance.

Dates and focus

Saturday August 15th: A story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman .
Saturday August 29th: A story by John Cheever.
Saturday September 5th: A story by Raymond Carver.
Saturday September 19th: A story by Shirley Jackson.

How much does it cost?

For APRIR members: $300 each session. One advance payment for all four sessions: $1000

For non-members: $450 each session. One advance payment for all four sessions: $1600

How do I register?

Vacancies are very limited, because a reading group like this one must be kept small, so secure your place by paying in advanceFirst come, first served!

Pay by bank transfer AND email the slip to

Banco Nación Suc. 3020- Rosario
CBU Nº 0110444240044427146462
Cuenta Corriente Especial
Nº de cuenta: 444271464/6
Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario
CUIT: 30680502109

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