What we're about

In this group, we'll explore the Stories that Matter in our lives: From the classics of literature, film, even the stories we tell ourselves about our own lives.

We will approach them several different ways.

Deep Reads: We will regularly select a longer text, and spend months working through it, savoring it.

Shorter Works/Films: Other times, we will select a short text or film to consume in one setting.

Stories of Our Lives: Otherwise, we will find ways to connect around the things that make life worth living.

The organizer, Sean Doyle, is the author of Mud and Dreams; Essays on falling deeper in life ( https://amzn.to/2xDQSYQ ) and taught positive psychology at NCSU for a decade. Whether I intend it or not, every meeting we will draw from the science of happiness, well-being and flourishing. For more info, see http://www.JohnSeanDoyle.com

Upcoming events (4+)

Deep Reads: By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah

On Line - Raleigh NC

This month we will read By the Sea by 2021 Nobel winner Abdulrazak Gurnah. (Unlike some of our other books, we will read all of this in one session)

If you get a copy here: https://amzn.to/3lTzwkD I will get a few pennies to help offsite the cost of the meetup.

Here is some background on the Tanzanian/British novelist, including his 2021 Nobel lecture: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/2021/gurnah/lecture/

Deep Reads: Ulysses by James Joyce (Session #1 of 4)

Lynnwood Brewing Concern

Over a period of four months, roughly St. Patrick's Day to Bloomsday, we will be reading James Joyce's Ulysses. (If you buy the book, or any supplemental materials after clicking on the following link, I will get a few pennies to help offset the cost of the meetup: https://amzn.to/3oTSMjI)

A sprawling, difficult, but uniquely original masterpiece, Ulysses has regularly been cited as the the finest English-language novel published in the 20th century.

This month, read through chapter 9 (to page 179 in my copy))

This is a hard book. While I read, I am going to listen to an audio version put on the Irish news station RTE found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY1E-NqPcP0&list=PL2pH-DD1pFYaerbwInIQoLzoGAZfMi10L

At times it might not make sense. Keep going anyway and just soak in the language as if you were reading poetry. There are numerous aides to help if you want to look up references (but don't feel like you have to "get" everything) Here are some other tips on reading the book: https://www.ulyssesguide.com/how-to-read

** I am going to plan on these meetings to be face-to-face, but that may change, depending upon the Covid situation. (We may also try to link people via zoom as well . . .)

Deep Reads: Ulysses by James Joyce (Session #2 of 4)

Lynnwood Brewing Concern

Over a period of four months, roughly St. Patrick's Day to Bloomsday, we will be reading James Joyce's Ulysses. (If you buy the book, or any supplemental materials after clicking on the following link, I will get a few pennies to help offset the cost of the meetup: https://amzn.to/3oTSMjI)

A sprawling, difficult, but uniquely original masterpiece, Ulysses has regularly been cited as the the finest English-language novel published in the 20th century.

This month, read through chapter 14 (to page 350 in my copy)

This is a hard book. While I read, I am going to listen to an audio version put on the Irish news station RTE found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY1E-NqPcP0&list=PL2pH-DD1pFYaerbwInIQoLzoGAZfMi10L

At times it might not make sense. Keep going anyway and just soak in the language as if you were reading poetry. There are numerous aides to help if you want to look up references (but don't feel like you have to "get" everything) Here are some other tips on reading the book: https://www.ulyssesguide.com/how-to-read

** I am going to plan on these meetings to be face-to-face, but that may change, depending upon the Covid situation. (We may also try to link people via zoom as well . . .)

Past events (59)

Deep Reads: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

On Line - Raleigh NC

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