From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein’s famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.
In 1991″ Utne Reader” launched a salon renaissance all over North America when it featured a cover story on salons. The response to the article was staggering, leading “Utne” to organize a National Salon Association that quickly drew over 20,000 members. Conceived and written by the folks at “Utne,” “Salons” is the quintessential authority on the subject, demonstrating that joining or starting your own salon is just a living room away.
“Salons” offers a fascinating history of the salon and supplies all the tools readers need to join or start a group of their own. Variations on the salon theme are explored, from studious book clubs and book circles to creativity salons, and finally online saloning. A closing chapter looks at salons as bedrocks for activism and institutions for keeping social consciousness alive for the long-haul.
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Jaida n’ha Sandra is a long-time salon-keeper and on staff for two years with “Utne Reader.” She now teaches Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jon Spayde is a Contributing Editor at “Utne Reader” and a freelance writer. He developed art-based salons in San Francisco and Minneapolis. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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