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Clear purpose of forum
    #632068 - 05/15/02 06:34 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

I congratulate us all on the inclusion of a literature forum. Not being given to the instant judgement of a person, it belies a certain courage of the administration, to actually allow that not all shroomers are of the " Let's fry our brain" category.

With that said, and having read Doobie's post, I still have reservations as to the fundamental nature of the "Book Club" forum. I have no degree in literature, I do have a degree in philosophy (please don't hold this against me) but that is not important, what IS important is what this says about the types of books that I may be interested in vs. what others may find interesting.

Having been, and currently am, a member of book clubs, I believe that it would help the forum greatly to, perhaps, engage in the discussion of books in a format that serves one of the book clubs that I engage in. Instead of copy/paste (which I detest), I have included the link to a book club "How to". I reccomend reading it and, if necessary, modifying it to fit our particular needs.

http://www.spl.org/booklists/bookclubs.html

As an aside, considering the discussion of purchase expense, perhaps we might limit our first discussions to those books easily found at a local library.


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Re: Clear purpose of forum [Re: mrfreedom]
    #632662 - 05/16/02 08:06 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

NICE.

This is a must read for the moderators.


Choosing the books to discuss
Choosing what books to read is one of the hardest, most enjoyable, frustrating, and important activities the group will undertake. Members of the group should be prepared to compromise and to read outside their regular areas of interest. (Some people will drop out if the books chosen are not what they want to read; don't worry, this is a normal occurrence.) Go with the majority opinion, but remind people that there can be a big difference between "a good read" and "a good book for a discussion." (See next section.) Choose books well in advance (at least three months). People need to know what's coming up so they can read ahead. In addition, you don't want to have to spend time at each meeting deciding what to read next.

What makes a good book for discussion:
People often ask what qualities make a book a good candidate for book discussion. Probably the most important criteria are that the book be well written, have an interesting plot and three-dimensional characters. Good book-discussion books present the author's view of an important truth and sometimes send a message to the reader. A good book-discussion book often stays in the reader's mind long after the book is finished and the discussion is over. These books can be read more than once, and each time the reader learns something new.

During a book discussion, what you're really talking about is everything that the author hasn't said--all those white spaces on the printed page. For this reason, books that are plot driven (most mysteries, westerns, romances, and science fiction/fantasy) don't lend themselves to book discussions. In genre novels and some mainstream fiction, the author spells out everything for the reader, so that there is little to say except, "Gee, I never knew that" or "Isn't that interesting." Librarians, booksellers, and friends can often supply you with suggestions of good books to discuss.

(Incidentally, this "everything that the author hasn't said" idea is why poetry makes such a rich topic for discussion.)

See Recommended Books for Discussion


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Re: Clear purpose of forum [Re: mrfreedom]
    #635674 - 05/18/02 06:41 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Does noone have any other opinions on this?


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Re: Clear purpose of forum [Re: mrfreedom]
    #636094 - 05/19/02 07:34 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

I read over the suggestions and everything seemed kind of obvious.

I don't think that we are putting any limitations as to what kind of book can make our list, so it fits as "everything and anything".

The person who suggested the winning book will lead the discussion. Other than that, what else is there?

Maybe I'm not understanding the point.


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Re: Clear purpose of forum [Re: mrfreedom]
    #636207 - 05/19/02 09:41 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

No Doobie, you understand it and although obvious, I was wanting to know what, if any, limitations would be forthcoming for book selection.

And, since I read your post on the chosen books, I think it is clear HOW the books are to be selected.

Thank you for your time.


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Re: Clear purpose of forum [Re: mrfreedom]
    #636443 - 05/19/02 01:20 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Okay cool.

I'm just making this up as I go and am TOTALLY OPEN TO CRITICISM.

I want the most amount of happy people here as possible.


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