Bang the Drum Slowly
by Mark Harris
The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University continues at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 with “Bang the Drum Slowly” by Mark Harris. The discussion will be held in Walker Center room 151, located near the center of campus at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.
The series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Bang the Drum Slowly” celebrates the relationship between two players in baseball and in life as it captures the roughness, tenderness and black humor of the lives of pros. It is an understated meditation on life, friendship, love, loyalty and mortality—qualities that make life challenges bearable.
This season’s theme is titled “Play Ball”: The American Sport Meets the American Dream. The series theme seeks to explore the literary side of the game of baseball. Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, says the game has held up as America’s pastime in its richness, breadth and depth of literature written about it.
“Through the common territory of the diamond on which these human dramas are played, they accomplish a great deal more in chronicling American dreamers and showing us how to live our lives authentically,” Winn said.
At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.
Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Winn at 405-208-5472, e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.
Remaining dates and books in the series include:
Feb. 23 — “The Boys of Summer” by Roger Khan
March 8 — “Wait Till Next Year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin