where the elitists hang out

Book Salon
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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.

In other words, we love books. We love people who love books. But most of all, we love talking about books with people who love books.

This in and of itself is not unique; if one wants to be a part of a fashionable assemblage of notables, one should be prepared for proper etiquette and decorum.

Let's take a look at some examples:
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.

Good examples:
"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?"

Bad examples:
"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?!?!?!"

Otherwise, feel free to post well-expressed opinions, thoughtful reviews, and intelligent questions (note the emphasis on cerebral function and communication skills). Our collective knowledge spans all genres, eras, authors, subject matters, writings styles, and languages.

We have no restrictions on content: the only thing we ask is that you take your books as seriously as we do. Prove to us that quality writing can transcend genre, form, and content; we just ask that you do it with intelligence and respect for fellow members. In the BookSalon, we care about your book-loving soul.

By now you're probably saying, "Yes, this is all well and good, but what can the BookSalon do for me that all the many other book communities can't?"

We can promise to offer thoughtful, intelligent commentary and critiques that adhere to a high standard while maintaining a friendly, fun, and relaxed atmosphere:
Want to know which book is a good doorway to a specific author? (For Christopher Moore, start with Lamb.)

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!)
...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.

Once in the door, you are welcome to lurk with your nose in a book, but before you chat us up, it is only polite that you say hello. In your greeting, consider posting your top twenty(ish) favorite books so we can get to know you better and promote discussion (or, if that's too much, try your top five books as a child, or the one book that's meant the most to you, or the seven books you wish you'd never read!) It's proper form to introduce oneself; you did take a piece of strawberry roulade, after all.

We hope you enjoy the BookSalon, because your enjoyment facilitates our enjoyment. With this in mind, we ask that you please refrain from insulting our Hostess with the following:

We abhor:
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)

We forbid:
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).

Some more perks:

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.

BookSalon-approved communites include:
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.

If you would like to suggest one of your own communities, or have any questions, comments, or critiques for the BookSalon moderators, please e-mail book_salon@yahoo.com.

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