book: (n) a bound volume of written ideas, often for entertainment or educational purposes.
sa·lon: (n) a fashionable assemblage of notables (typically stimulating and attractive people of quality) gathered to discuss ideas, both for their own amusement and for their edification.
book + salon = booksalon, a gathering of those who love ideas and particuarly their dissemination in the printed form, and have high standards for the discussion pertaining to and the dispensation thereof.
You've just finished a book, and you're not sure how to proceed. After writing a thoughtful and properly punctuated review in booksalon, (avoiding the use of phrases like "OMG," "this blows chunks," or "r0x0r,") you decide to ask for a recommendation.
"I have been in a coma since 1992, and haven't been exposed to recent literature. What are your top five favorite books published in the last ten years? I particularly like hard-boiled, edgy fiction along the lines of Phillip K. Dick or Bret Easton Ellis."
"I just finished reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and was wondering if anyone thought there was a similar 'social novel' for the modern era?"
"i have a $50 gift card for borders, so like tell me what to buy or i will just spend it on cliff notes and expressos."
"OMG- Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code is the BEST. There is nothing else out there that could be as cool, but what should I read next?!?!?!"
Want to know which book is a good doorway to a specific author? (For Christopher Moore, start with Lamb.)...Then take of your hat, let Jeeves pour you a cup of tea (he knows you take two lumps of sugar but no milk), and take up your favorite chair in the Salon. Consider BookSalon a respite from all the irritating content that often makes its way into more egalitarian (plebian) communities.
Wonder how people feel about one book format vs. another, or one author vs. another? (Are e-books indistinguishable from print? Who would win in an armwrestle, Papa Hemingway or Toni Morrison?)
Desire to post your book reviews and personal commentary? (In your own words, please- cutting and pasting from Amazon.com will get you peppered with cucumber sandwiches and booted from the Salon.)
Have you read a few favorite authors in a specific genre and wonder what other books you might enjoy? (If you like John Irving and Michael Chabon you'll love Marc Estrin!)
1. Book-puchase lists/pictures
2. Anything not in your own words (like a cut-and-paste summary from Amazon)
3. Reading list posts (though we may make an exception for the end of the year)
1. Book selling posts. Your best bet for selling used books is Amazon, eBay or Half.com.
2. Inarticulate snark (articulate and relevant snark is, of course, tolerated).
For information on booksalon member-recommended bookstores see this post. Leave a comment on the entry with information on a local bookstore in your community that would be worth visiting.
literal_libris ~ a Nonfiction Community
scrabbleshots ~ Post and gloat
thelunarsociety ~ Discussions on science, etc - Grandpa Darwin style
iconomicon ~ Taking over LiveJournal, one icon at a time
hipsterbookclub ~ Another quality book community.
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. ~ Bertrand Russell
Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare. ~ Harriet Martineau
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. ~ Mark Twain
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. ~G.K. Chesterton
"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~ François Mauriac
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~ Edmund Burke
These are the Ten Essential Rights of the Reader:
1. The right not to read
2. The right to skip pages
3. The right to not finish a book
4. The right to re-read
5. The right to read whatever
6. The right to bovarism (textually transmissible illness)
7. The right to read wherever
8. The right to browse
9. The right to read aloud
10. The right to shut up ~ Daniel Pennac