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For me, the naked and the nude
(By lexicographers construed
As synonyms that should express
The same deficiency of dress
Or shelter) stand as wide apart
As love from lies, or truth from art.
Lovers without reproach will gaze
On bodies naked and ablaze;
The Hippocratic eye will see
In nakedness, anatomy;
And naked shines the Goddess when
She mounts her lion among men.
The nude are bold, the nude are sly
To hold each treasonable eye.
While draping by a showman's trick
Their dishabille in rhetoric,
They grin a mock-religious grin
Of scorn at those of naked skin.
The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
Yet when they both together tread
The briary pastures of the dead,
By Gorgons with long whips pursued,
How naked go the sometime nude!
But that is the Venus d'Medici, and I wouldn't put anything past those Medici. A very mixed lot they were.
Although new members have slowed to a trickle, the Salon is booomin.' We're still one of the hottest (activitiest) sites in the LT world.
I'll FedEx out a New Members packet so you can get re-established. Please return all forms, in triplicate. There's some Claret and Cabernet over on the Secretary Desk. Kick back, enjoy.
Sandydawg, Welcomer Clerk II
Bureau of New Member Salutations
Department of Orientation and Indoctrination
Le Salon, LLC
243? Huh? Oh yeah!
WELCOME Mejix from Chi-town!
We're nearing the quarter-thousand mark.
Here's another FNG (Freekin' New Guy) from Chicago, and a writer, to boot.
Wow, that sounds so, so, mechanical.
(Uhm, while you're settling in, couuld you order me some blue pens and post it notes?)
New membership seems to have slowed to a mere trickle, even before our illustrious dictator EF, flew the coop. Perhaps you are the start of a movement.
How fitting you join us. The current salon beverage appears to be Beaujolais, but we could switch to Bordeaux.
Sounds good, baswood. We will all be dropping in on you this summer. Preferably at a time when that damn bell isn't ringing.
I'm off to Bordeaux for a few days next week to taste the wine, but I don't think I will be taking 2666 with me - it's such a big book.
A good time to drop in is during the jazz festival http://www.jazzinmarciac.com/ete.html?PHPSESSID=5a9945ded90bff3248736e7ce1b2ecd5 I'll be in the champagne tent in Marciac's town square. Thea leave the barbecue at home, after all this is France and you wouldn't want to upset the natives.
I prefer posting while buff, but I do preserve the limits of decorum by wearing a hat from my vast collection.
Just to let everyone know. Two new little doelings have arrived at the east Tennessee dacha--Gabrielle and Giselle (both three weeks old). Giselle looks like Michael Jackson in the last stages of his Diana Ross incarnation--before his nose fell off and all that. Gabrielle is a beauty as well and quite stubborn. I would post pictures but Giselle and Gabby say they don't feel comfortable posing in the buff. They're not those kind of goats.
And baswood-welcome. But I would think Bordeaux, wine, and big books just naturally go together. I feel rather embarrassed that one of our new salonistas openly admits to leaving big books at home when traveling to Bordeaux. If you were visiting to east Tennessee, I could understand your reluctance. Carrying around any big book other than THE BOOK can get one lynched. That's why I shacked up with the wicked but seductive Baron von Kindle. He's svelte and no one knows the size of his book.
Aw shucks, just kidding, we love the Freak! Welcome back!!!
I do so miss the Soviet Union so. What beloved enemies they were to us, in stark contrast to today's invisible foes. Those were the glory days when evil was evil and black was black and white was white and our fight was right.
My nostalgic, patriotic heart yearns for the Cuban missile crisis, for the threat of nuclear war, for Kruschev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev, and for every nev or chev there ever was ...
We've a new Salonista.
Welcome, welcome Stilton!
Virtually everybody in here, is into 5Ks, fartlek, cross-training, trail runners, ultras, combos, chi-running, hash-harrers, tri's, speedwork, 50Ks.
(Well actually, we are all kinda paunchy and we sit around and drink moderately-priced Cabernet by the gallon).
But welcome anyway!!!
Do take some time from your studies and relax in the Salon. Pour yourself a drink, chunk a Krugerand in the jukebox, botanize and meterologicalize, read a bit of lighter poetry...
(Well actually, we are all kinda paunchy and we sit around and drink moderately-priced Cabernet by the gallon).
ha ha har. but probably you should now tell us all what "fartlek" is.
and Steven (any friend of Michael Chabon is a friend of mine!)
(Everyone behave (I mean preexisting Salonistas) :-)
And yes, by all means, come right in and enjoy the fun! But beware of people bearing books!
Lovers of Pynch, haters of Pynch and agnostics of Pynch, are all welcome.
I just stopped by at the town library and grabbed a few, including a couple in mint condition, arbitrarily tossed into the "free" bin:
The Razor's Edge
Under the Volcano
Then it was time for the negotiations.
"Oh, 50 cents"
"C'mon, take $3, it's for the Library"
"Oh, I'll take a dollar"
Who needs The Book Thing,
...when you've got this?
We need a revolting induction ceremony like reading Finnegans wake upside down in a mirror or so, while at the same time trying to dunk a herring or two copiously aroused with Zubrowka wodka !
And to any new members who are reading: the Russian requirement is a joke!
We must absolutely get rid of those, it falsifies the statistics.
There is one exception of course : The Naughty Hotty Godess of Love and Exciting Sexual Experience
Geez, next one of you will be trying to push Esperanto.
I like Piero's idea. A Noob Thread for Noobs. Should be started by a Noob, though, imo.
This isn't my mother's sewing circle. Got it!
How churchly can a femme who knows Tom Ainslie be? And lives in Nevada, no less.
You might say it's gone viral.
Mac, if you mix that Bison Grass with apple juice it tastes EXACTLY like apple pie. It is truly amazing !
Yes, DMS, you are a noob. You are a most-honored noob.
EF – I second that!
I posted a comment to revisetheessay (Danny Vega) to suggest he check us out and jump into the fray. For some reason he has Chicago bookstores on his list of favorite bookstores although he says he is in South Carolina. I hope I did not scare him off.
DMS--German and Afrikaans are nice, but I fear you will remain a conditional member with the rest of us unless you can come up with the Latin.
Mac--you know I love those Asterix, but I still have to look up the Latin. Maybe we could make owning at least three of the original Asterix books the first requirement of membership. I would qualify then!
(Except the occasional cat...)
"Broad" farce? Hmmm . . .
Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est
you take your vodka chilled or with apple juice ?
Welcome indeed !
Mac, I wish they were first editions! I only meant the ones by Goscinny and Uderzo. And aren't you too young to have gone to the barricades in '68?
Alonsenfantsdelapatrieeeeeeee le jour de gloire est arrivééééééééééééééééééééééééééééééééééééé
A newbie to both the Salon and LT. do come join us.
Good luck with all your peregrinations!
Here's a wee bit of Herodotus:
And look at that. If the sun don't rise ovah Mahblehead! We got ourselves anothah wicked cool chowda head amongst us! Welcome Boston Bibliophile!
Welcome to the Salon, Caryn,
Also, welcome, Mindy,
And, while checking out teow's profile, I noticed the "what should you 'borrow' " feature. That's another interesting LT recommendation feature.
I'm in love with your profile photo!
ew, another cat?!
And welcome Veleka and Stevesilkin!!!
(sorry, I had to embellish a bit; the sock-puppetry profile was a bit sparse...)
Hey, welcome Isabellaaaaa!!!!
And Peter-man, from the Emerald Isle:
Here's another rousing princess story for you:
And, a vet and fellow dog, Gramath. G, I too, have 20 years worth of TBRs piling up the house.
Whffft, whffft, whfft. That's the sound of most of the Salon banter, flying over my head, especially lately. No worries new gang, join right in!
Another author, whoo-hoo!!
You've joined around the pivotal time in our salonista history. It appears our founder has left us, but we still persist; one of the most popular groups in all LT!
Listen to the Goat Lady. Of the Salon's trimvirate, she seems the sanest. 'Not so sure about that stud-in-the-tub and that cat.
The same thing came up with me when I discovered this year that "La condition humaine" by Malraux was translated as "Man's Fate". Huh?
Never heard of what? Terre des hommes or Un sens à la vie? I am going to declare you Lord of Discombobulation, Enigmatic Posts, and Underwear Fetish.
And, Wecome mejix!
Oh, hey, welcome Billy!
And welcome Maulone!
CNN is blaring, the lights are on, and, it seems like it is getting...warmer!
SShhh! (welcome JJ!)
And welcome, Rise!
A Kafka-phile? Hey, I'm currently reading The Castle for the 1st time. Field Guides? I've shelves of 'em.
You'll find we're a wild, fun-lovin' bunch of wodka swillin' boyz n gurlz.
'Not at all like this stoner:
Active/inactive, real/imagined, serious/not-so-serious, comatose/not-comatose, you will find that we are the nicest bunch of goat-worshipping, vodka-swilling, bigfoot-fraternizing, nature-adoring, band of folks that you will ever encounter on LT.
I hope both of you will be participating in the book banter here,
Welcome haotang! There are many Harry Potter fans here, you are among friends!
Bienvenue! Les Boisson sot de ce cote-ci.
Is that uptown?
I love it!
Stick with us for some time and you will see a number of running jokes popping up in this Salon. Grumpy is one of them.
We read books too and discuss them thoroughly, can I offer you a group - read of Moby Dick starting the first of January ?
And thanks for the invitation. I have already done my service with Moby Dick. I wrote papers on it at least three times as an undergraduate. (Got A's on them, too.) After I finished college, I noticed the book on my shelf one day and said--hey, maybe it's time I actually read that thing. So I did. It turned out to be a really good book.
I was too much of a lit'ry snob ever to use Cliff Notes, so I had winged it through the papers. That's a skill that's stood by me ever since.
What do you think Meredy (Hi, Meredy; welcome!) meant by "lit'ry snob"? Should we be concerned?
she means literally snob, not literary... I guess. Literally snobs use mac - notes, not cliff notes... I think.
( back to Meredy )
ok Meredy Baby, I am the Salon Profiler and you look just like what we need here. Triple A is good, like triple B, C, D or E... as long as it is trippple. The grumpy thing was a running joke ( lots of them here ) but you have to stay a bit longer to catch them.
Look at me, I planned to stay here for 3 weeks and here I am now for 7 years ! Like everybody here, seven years...reading everlasting...
ok short introduction; the guys there in the corner throwing harpoons at each other are warming up for Moby Dick which will be group - read as from 1 january.
The body dissected on the table is Alexander Theroux. We are looking for something intellectually sexual but cannot find it...
What else ? Ah yes the gay lists ! We love and loathe lists here... especially around X-mas.
There is weather information, there are birthday celebrations... ah see for yourself , always something going on..
Ah and one more thing, We like gods here very much ( always small g and plural ) but fear the Monotheistic One, well... there is a bible study group somewhere anyhow, feel free to have a look...
There are also writers you should never ever mention, because this place can turn into hell in no time. ( Whispering ) it is (... ) and ( ... ) and especially (... ) don't ever mention them? ever...
But we love James Joyce, ....we really do, ...all of us.
Lurking is ok , but participating is better... pimp a review and we hotlist it for you.. yes we have the power do to such things, reviews is what we need...
I am off , I am off , your on your own Meredy... good luck
But seriously, welcome, Meredy. I love your Wordle of Thus spake Zarathustra.
I grew up in a trailer park, and speak with a southern accent. I attended a public university and am not very well read. I follow book lists compiled by people who attended highly-regarded universities. My hope is to learn to more convincingly ape my betters.
I recently read Moby Dick for another book club run by a comedian. I thought it was 500 pages of blubber culminating in a whirlpool of violence, but that's about all one can expect of a girl like me.
I think I'll join you for the Ovid Metamorphosis thing. I bought that book years ago, but never read it because the professor who was "mentoring" me dropped me at his wife's insistence.
Having read Moby Dick recently, you should feel free to join our discussions. You didn't say whether you liked it, only that you found it violent and blubbery - for many, violent and blubbery is high praise indeed! I myself grew up in a double wide. Are you a double wide type, or did you come from the other side of the trailer park?
I'm probably going to at least follow along the discussion of Moby Dick. The opening posts/pre-discussion of the book looked pretty good.
>208 Macumbeira:,209: I'm not someone named Henry. I'm seriously brand-new to LT. You can find evidence of my existence here:
Of course, neither of those preclude the possibility of my having assumed an identity of someone named "Henry" so I may not have proven anything.
Hey, fuck that! Welcome, K-Rad.
I've been on a lot of Internet forums, and I've seen it happen where some people get an idea in their heads that someone is really someone else, and there's really nothing to be done about it. So, I thought I'd provide some flimsy "proof" that I'm not a man named Henry right away, before that idea got legs.
Most of the discourse here goes over my head. Part of that may be down to there being a lot of in-jokes, but I think it's mostly due to my being a philistine.
Thank you in advance for tolerating me.
Katy, you seem like a good sport. You'll just have to forgive these salonistas' paranoia. This "Henry" once traumatized them terribly with his antics and they still have not forgotten.
The last time I heard the word "philistine" spoken in Le Salon it was spoken by tomcatMurr in reference to a member from that other place in that thread he started when "Henry" was suspended. July/Aug. 2009, if memory serves.
and welcome back Beeeeeelz! long time no see!
Now if there are others out there who have just joined us and are feeling ignored, please excuse us. Sometimes we just get wrapped up in ourselves and it is quite nice to have new folks remind us that we just are not that important!
I've got to admit, Lisa, I thought the hottie was being channeled in a couple of those paragraphs, and think how stunned I was knowing it wasn't me!
Thanks for the nice words about my review of DOII, tomcatMurr. But, I don't think I can fully do both sites at the same time. I did enter a few of my favorite books, here. I mean, in case people were curious about my tastes. (Why they would be, I don't know.)
I'm still trying to figure out what this forum is all about. There's hijinks and tomfoolery, obviously.
There is a wiki page with a history of our group, but long story short, Henri-Etta started this group in 2009 to help him get through James Joyce's Ulysses which was our first group read. Then, we started reading other things together. That's what I would call the main purpose of the list but we have all become friends and discuss lots of other stuff besides our group reads.
Whew! Well, that was enlightening, plnats and all.
I'd call that a bonfire we should all dance around from time to time, preferably nekkid and in high glee, so that we forget not.
?? I found this in the account at the link: "So he waxed Misanthropique in his disillusionment and retired to a rude hut in a forest to grow small green plnats of happiness (though sometimes he missed the bright lights and dropped by the salon for a vodka). "
I had noticed an ongoing topic containing "plnats" and figured it must be a running joke of some kind (a bit like "pwned," perhaps) because it was too obvious to be an overlooked typo. This passage in the group's history seemed to confirm that impression.
We are a very active discussion group so there are just too many threads in the archives or I would suggest you just dive into them. i suspect even our most active members feel overwhelmed when they've been off line for a few days or a week and have all this catching up to do.
(Trying hard to learn the culture...)
yup. god, I hate going away knowing I have all this catching up to do when I get back.
gosh, I need a valprotini. Meredy, this is a salon special cocktail consisting of valium and prozac in vodka (or gin for the philistines) in a martini glass. very cold. we are also madly partial to herring gelato and pigeon feathers, although the latter may be an acquired taste.
240: I need one too and it's only 8:30 in the a.m. here. And don't forget to tell Meredy about the proctologist.
Bookwise, we have short stories, tomes and much in between.
Yes, welcome Darsu!!!!
I see you are currently reading a title that is a favorite of our beloved founder!
Very interesting name; do you have the skills of say, a LeBron James?
You'll find that there's something over here, for eveeryone.
(Sorry, I just had to include a little something from a Univ. of FL Alumnus)
'cool blog, although some of the links are a bit glitch-y
And LMan, too!
Goats, cats, dogs, echidnas - we definitely celebrate diversity.
There's been plenty of recent banter - of the prickly nature - over here.
I confess I have been dipping in and out of threads here for quite a while...
...but whoa...what is happening - I missed all the recent prickliness, methinks?
Hey - no fair. :)
Wait, I found some... (prickly ponderances that is)
...behind the need to join, me asks?
Just leave the kitty flap open, Sandy-dawg!
You'll love lurking here, and joining in.
I've an advanced degree me'self:
Also, welcome nilsr!
I know all about out-of-date monikers. (Hey wait, I'm still a dog, after all)
It has been DEAD in le Salon. We need to come back from les vacances. We need direction. We need to think. And all of those guys are almost harmless.
Can anybody remember what translation of Eugene Onegin TC advised us ? Falen ?
Welcome Oehlerd, Feoswald, Hermias, Kittykitty and Zenos-Bob!
We Salonistas are a very discrete bunch, but I did find one ol' shot of us, in the public domain:
A belated "bon jour" to Jim, from me as well!
Peeing on the rug!
Bogged down on Infinite Jest footnotes and critical reviews!
Listening to too much Tom Waits!
'Not welcoming anybody!
So, welcome Len, Kire, Zeener!
...and Knight-o'-Cups (I think)
If the NFL can reference these guys (ie, for the Pats), I guess we can too:
Noob or veteran, clothing is always optional in Le Salon...
(anecdote--i went with some friends on a hard drive from the slovene coast to vienna and then prague, where waits was playing and back to vienna the same night. it was all fine, but the highlight was running into Tim Robbins, me coming down, him exiting his row; i gave him a warm pat on the shoulder and pretending to be slavic told him 'good politics, sir' friends told me my Slovene was imperfect)