"Conversational Salon FAQ",
based on his "Tahoe Renaissance Roundtable", answers Frequently Asked Questions
about why YOU might join a Conversational Salon (as opposed to a tanning salon)
and how YOU can start a Conversational
APPEAL of the Salon provides an overview of the Conversational Salon.
In the words of this site, "Salons are incubators where ideas are conceived,
gestated, and hatched... Salons are the frontiers of social and cultural
change. They've been flourishing since ancient Greece."
was founded by Vicki Robin, Susan Partnow & Habib Rose in Seattle, Washington
to create a culture based on meaningful conversations, rather than small talk.
Conversation Cafés exist throughout Canada and the United States.
the "most well-known American in Paris", has hosted more than 100,000 persons
at his Sunday dinner parties. Best of all, you can invite yourself.
de STAËL (1766-1817)
hosted the "salon of Europe" at Coppet, her renowned chateau residence at Lake Geneva.
Her guests included the premier intellectuals, writers and nobility of her era. Her novel,
was the talk of the Continent and popularized the word "Salon" as used in this
** Links for your Literary, Scientific & Intellectual Self **
Isaac ASIMOV (1920-1992)
is proof that witty, encyclopedic minds do exist. One publisher told Asimov
to use pen names, because nobody would believe one author could have so
much knowledge and curiosity. Asimov refused. Using his real name, he
published more than 500 books on a wide spectrum of topics. Think of Asimov
when someone tries to push you into a pigeonhole.
Émilie du CHÂTELET (1706-1749)
was a Rebel par excellence, who translated Isaac Newton's
into French and broke the French coffeehouse barrier against women. Her love
affair with Voltaire is one of history's most memorable.
Leonardo DA VINCI
is the most insatiably curious human in recorded history. Discover why
Michael J. GELB writes in his book,
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci:
"I see Leonardo's own life as a gem tossed into the pool of time that became
known as the Renaissance, with his genius rippling on and on into eternity."
Author Ron GROSS
Richard FEYNMAN (1918-1988)
was a scientist, teacher, raconteur and musician who solved the 1986 Challenger
spaceship explosion with an o-ring and a glass of ice water. Feynman's
genius to cut to the heart of problems has inspired countless scientists
and students of life.
Erich FROMM (1900-1980),
author of the classic
Art of Loving,
was a psychiatrist who argued cogently that it is healthier to embrace, rather
than to dodge, freedom & responsibility.
Art of Seduction,
explores the "magic" of our covert social world. Greene's politically incorrect
pages are stuffed with ironies of the Night and denials of the Day. His book is
filled with Italian spices.
Socrates' Way and
The Independent Scholar's Handbook,
inspires Socratic dialogues (Conversational Salons) around the States
from his base in New York.
In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is
Challenging the Cult of Speed,
explains how our hyper, soundbite society undermines genuine communication.
French Canadian Honoré links to two groups, both of which are based
in Bra, Italy (I kid you not): Carlo PETRINI's
Slow Food movement
& Alberto VITALE's
Slow Sex movement.
Victor HUGO (1802-1885),
received this note on his 83rd birthday from Alfred Nobel, founder of the
Nobel Prize: "Great Master, long may you live to charm the world and
propagate your ideas about universal charity."
City College of New York Professor
Physics of the Impossible,
and University of California at Berkeley Professor
Richard A. MULLER's
Physics for Future Presidents,
provide delicious brain-food for you and your friends.
Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World
and Their Lost Art of Love,
provides gutsy, lusty evidence that the top aphrodisiac is personal excellence.
Prioleau offers inspiring case studies of women who carry the eternal flame of
a Professor at Harvard, wrote
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.
His work helped inspire Joan Blades & Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs,
who started the multi-million member activist group
Leonard SHLAIN (1937-2009), an original
thinker based in Mill Valley, California (until his death), wrote
Art and Physics,
The Alphabet vs. The Goddess and
Sex, Time & Power.
I was fortunate to consider him a friend.
focuses upon Extraordinary Claims, Revolutionary Ideas and the Promotion of Science.
It's motto is "Sum Ergo Cogito" ("I Am Therefore I Think"). The society demonstrates
the great gulf between "cynicism" and "skepticism". It publishes
and offers regular meetings at the
California Institute of Technology.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)
is an annual conference in Monterey, California where the world's leading
thinkers and doers find inspiration. You can view videos of their speeches
at this website.
Francois Marie Arouet VOLTAIRE
the ultimate man-of-letters and activist, fought endlessly against the "divine right"
of King & Church to give us freedoms which most of consider birth-rights. His novel,
Candide, is a satirical masterpiece.
Oscar WILDE (1854-1900),
the British author, fought the hypocrisy of his age with a sharp wit. When I
visited his grave in Paris, his tombstone was covered with lipstick marks—from
his adoring fans!