Book clubs

deborah deborah at
Thu Jan 30 12:51:24 EST 2003

Unfortunately I can't give you any advice.  I was just lucky that we got
y'all.  I have no idea what I did to deserve running a list with people
as interesting, supportive, and generally cool as you folks.

deborah at
"I'm a citizen, this is my president, and in this country it is
not only permissible to question our leaders, it is our
responsibility."	-- Lewis, "The American President"

On Thu, 30 Jan 2003, Kathryn Andersen wrote:
|I'm beginning to wonder about the nature of mailing lists.  This list
|here, of course, is officially about the works of Diana Wynne Jones.
|But what it really seems to be is a bunch of people who like the works
|of DWJ, discussing both DWJ, other books they like, and anything vaguely
|related.  But I think, from my experiences of lists, that this kind of
|discussion can only really work with a list which has a long-time core
|of people who are comfortable with each other.  There's only one other
|list I can think of that I'm on that's like it, and *that* list recently
|celebrated its 10th anniversary...
|And I find it somewhat frustrating because I'm running a mailing list
|(for discussing fan fiction) and while we had a lovely level of
|discussion when it first started, nowadays it seems to be reduced to
|sporadic posts of reviews (mostly by me).  And I haven't got a clue
|what, or *if* there is anything I can do about it.  Spontaneous
|discussion is spontaneous, it can't be forced... (sigh)

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