Search for a “deeper meaning”?

I can’t tell you how many times I heard this in school. The instructor would ask us to read a quote or a story, then ask “What do you think is the author’s hidden meaning?”

I admit that I’m actually quite shallow. And in school, when I was younger, I was shallower than a mouse’s wading pool. I just wanted to understand what point the author wanted to make…and I hoped he or she made it so simple I grasped it right away.

Deeper meanings are great. But for most of what I read, I simply want to be served the main point on a nice paper plate without a fancy display. Just tell me want you want me to know…don’t make me guess.

What do you think most readers prefer? An eloquent set-up, or just the main food for thought?

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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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