What we're about

This is a group where we read everything out loud during our meetings — poetry, short stories, complete novels and plays. Therefore, there’s no need to prepare by reading anything in advance. And in most cases a link to the text will be provided.

I started this group because I enjoy reading aloud and sharing that experience with others. I find that speaking the words out loud, versus reading them silently in my head, helps me *feel* and *connect* to the emotions expressed in the writing. It brings the words to life for me!

Our emphasis is on having fun.

(In very ancient times, long before the invention of the printing press, when most people couldn’t read, the word “read” was synonymous with “speak.” Messages were cut into clay tablets and read/spoken out loud by a messenger to the intended recipient. Think “hear ye, hear ye!”)

I search specifically for writings that I personally find emotionally powerful, be it funny or sad. Those events will largely be hosted by Phyllis. Sometimes co-organizers may host events that are more analytic.

We have something for everybody you might say!

All are welcome to join in and try the experience.

Come and join us!

Upcoming events (2)

Readaloud: "The Cherry Orchard", by Anton Chekhov

Online event

We will be reading this play aloud together, an hour and a half at a time. No experience necessary. Love of great literature a +.

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The play revolves around an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. Unresponsive to offers to save the estate, she allows its sale to the son of a former serf; the family leaves to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. The story presents themes of cultural futility – both the futile attempts of the aristocracy to maintain its status and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism. It dramatizes the socio-economic forces in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century and the decline of the power of the aristocracy.

Link for the play: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/7986/7986-h/7986-h.htm#link2H_4_0013

EDITH WHARTON New York Stories: “A Cup of Cold Water”

Another early story, “A Cup of Cold Water,” offers a startlingly realistic rendering of Wharton’s own New York. She reveals its beautiful surfaces and grim undercurrents, its seductive appeal and ruthless mechanics.
Woburn is an impecunious young man in love with the rich Miss Talcott. Because they are both from good families they move in the same circles, but because Woburn is poor, Miss Talcott will never marry him.

TEXT:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/9190/9190-h/9190-h.htm#link2H_4_0007

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Readaloud: "The Cherry Orchard", by Anton Chekhov

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