The story of the book club, now in its 10th month, is a tale of ordinary city life upended. It began with a stunningly unlikely friendship, between two men from different worlds: Peter Resnik, a high-powered lawyer on his way to work, and Rob, a homeless man guarding a friend’s shopping cart on Boston Common. Through months of daily conversations, that began with jokes and sports talk and gradually delved deeper, they found a common interest: literature. And when they saw the bridge that they had built, they recognized its potential for others.Read the full article if you have the time. It reaffirms the status of literature as a basic human need.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Book Club for the Homeless
Every Tuesday morning, a group of homeless men meet at a church in Boston to discuss literature. As reported in the Boston Globe, the story of the club’s origin reads like a fairy tale, but it’s all the more touching because it’s true: