The Inner & The Actual

John Siddique looks at work by two writers whose pieces seem simple and delightfully easy to read on the surface, but contain great depth when we spend a little time with them. Jeanette Winterson's story Atlantic Crossing looks at what it is like to live a closed inner life, while Tu Fu's poetry looks beyond the stories of the mind to the beauty of reality unfolding itself in the moment.

Going Deeper In Your Reading

The First Rule Of Book Club Is That We Talk About Books.
If This Is Your First Time At John's Book Club - There Will Be Stories & Poems

In this week's book club we look at two pieces with a little more density, Araby by James Joyce, and Crosseyed Mother by poet Gabriela Mistral. Both pieces take a little time to give up their mysteries. We ponder of the value of staying with it and not reacting in order ourselves to enjoy the greater pleasure of having to meet the text on its terms rather than our own.