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Southern Comfort by Cindy Hulsey

In the summer of 1980 I transferred from OSU to TU. I took a summer class to get the lay of the land, and serendipitously discovered the professor whose enthusiasm for literature would inspire me to change my major from French to English literature.  The late great Dr. Jim Watson was passionate about books and introduced me to many great writers, not the least of which was the holy trinity of Southern Literature; William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.

A Cup of Saki, Please by Will Thomas

Chances are, you would have to be an English major to know who Saki was.  This is a crime, because Saki (H.H. Munro, 1870-1916) is killingly funny.  He was inspired by Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll a generation before him, and in turn inspired P.G. Wodehouse, Graham Greene, and A.A. Milne.  In our generation, he influenced Edward Gorey, who illustrated his book, THE UNREST-CURE AND OTHER STORIES (New York Review Books, 2013.)  It is a perfect match.

The Best of Both Worlds by Cindy Hulsey

I enjoy learning about history from reading fiction. I find it far more interesting and less likely to be bloated with the boring parts of history—politics and war—and more focused on people and how political situations and cultural changes directly affect them. I like historical fiction and lately seem to be particularly drawn to novels that feature real people. I’m currently reading Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald by R. Clifton Spargo.

Adoring Michael Cunningham by Cindy Hulsey

I’m someone who believes that fiction can lead a person to Truth more than any other medium.  Case in point: Several years ago Michael Cunningham, the author of The Hours and several other beautiful, moody novels, was in Tulsa. I had read The Hours twice and discussed it with my book group. I had also seen the movie version. The character of Laura Brown haunted me.

One Book, One Tulsa: The Great Gatsby by Cindy Hulsey

What makes The Great Gatsby such an enduring work of literature? It was not, after all, a bestseller when it was published, yet it is still in print 90 years after its original publication. It has sold millions of copies, and is taught in high schools and universities as an American classic. The novel holds up well to re-reading, each time revealing more depth and richness than the time before.

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