Defining BookSnob: Dan, I Don’t Hate You.
(He said this s l o w l y, like an idea he was testing…as he was nonchalantly paging through the new Dan Brown book.)
This is not a dealbreaker.
There are no house rules about devouring a page-turner.
I don’t scorn thee, Dan Brown.
I, too, have been known to turn out the light at 4am not putting down a book like DaVinci Code.
But it did get me to thinking–what do I really mean by BookSnob?
I am not talking about a literal definition. It’s more of a question about whether reading is educational (mind-expanding or thought-provoking) or entertaining (enjoyable, even mindless at moments)? BookSnob, the very name, implies that educational would always trump entertaining.
Not exactly true.
For me, entertainment always comes first. I need to be involved, amused, dazzled, appalled, humored. It’s an emotional reaction. But from there, if it doesn’t expand my thinking, or carries no brainy weight, it distracts from my enjoyment. I am searching for entertainment that is smart, that is sharp.
Here’s an example. I own a subscription to the New York Review of Books. It seemed like a perfect gift: it was all about books and would be deep, rich and insightful. I would learn a lot. Yes, it would be educational.
But, well, yikes to you New York Review of Books.
The reviews are too dense. Too dry. They’re written by real life authentic snobs who use $10 words and rip apart literary elements for show. Ooh wee, these people take themselves seriously.
The New York Review of Books feels kinda like flossing.
I know it’s good for you, but I would rather be doing something else.
Because flossing isn’t that fun.
Now that the subscribers to BookSnob are in the hundreds (hooray!) and not the handfuls, I need your help:
Why and how are you a booksnob?
Give me anything you got. Go nuts.
Oh. One more thing.
Don’t even (even!) think about calling this some hokey blog contest. Because while I am exploring what BookSnob is, I am oh-so-sure what it is not.
It is not some cheesy blog contest thinly veiled as a book giveaway.
No. Shame on you.
Your input now. Please.
Because, you see, BookSnob may be more than a pet project some day…