The Marriage-Go-Round

Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How goes the research?
JOE: I made my way through the first seven library books. I am getting a good sense of prehistory and history especially regarding the cultural context of marriage.
CALLIOPE: What are you reading at the moment?
JOE: I am nearing the end of The Marriage-Go-Round by Andrew Cherlin. He gives a history of marriage in the US and compares it with how marriage is seen in Europe and other parts of the world.
CALLIOPE: Anything particularly revealing?
JOE: I liked his observation that in the US, we value both marriage and individual freedom, values which can be contradicting.  As a consequence we have more marriages and divorces per capita.
CALLIOPE: Have you decided on an outline yet?
JOE: No, but I am starting to think about one. With fiction, I do not always know where I am headed, but with nonfiction, I like to plot my course so I don’t end up going around in circles.
CALLIOPE: Sounds sensible.
JOE: Glad you think so. I will let you know how it progresses.


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