I don’t mean to sound like an asshole–I love this site for it’s diversionary-literary qualities–but more often than not, I find myself scrolling through (or past) a lot of unedited and unformatted coterie scrawl that seems more suitable for a personal blog than for a public forum to debate and exchange ideas. On its worst days, the site goes something like this: http://i.imgur.com/i04GK.png.
On its best days I come across many discussions I’m interested in, take part in them, maybe glean a new way of looking at something literary-related along the way; and I’d say the vast majority of good to great threads (imho) start with a pointedly pithy posting (like this one, though gimmicks start to be huge turn-off sooner rather than later).
I read a good portion of it. I more or less decided to start coming here to learn more about the indie book world, so whenever something like that comes along I try to pay attention, and sometimes it pays off. I’d never heard of Percival Everett, until a post here brought him to my attention, and I’ll be looking for his books soon. Other stuff I read on the trail of own interest–if the beast don’t go there, I don’t hunt there.
I agree. I’m okay with curated discussion forums like HTMLGIANT, but I think some posters really go out of their way to define the twists and turns that discussion will take. There’s some honor in the drive-by post.
i just control-F “weather” and read your stuff and then do the same with “jimmy” and read jimmy chen’s things and then sometime i scroll through it at the library when i’m feeling very depressed… maybe like 5%