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Art Works Podcast: Tim O'Brien

This week's podcast is a conversation with writer Tim O’Brien about his 1990 novel The Things They Carried, which is a Big Read selection. Although O'Brien is a veteran who served in Vietnam, The Things They Carried is a work of fiction presented as a memoir. A finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, the novel depicts the men of the fictional Alpha Company, including a character named Tim O’Brien, who survived Vietnam to become a writer. In The Things They Carried, O’Brien plays with facts to reveal deeper truths about war.


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