Blogs by Hilding Lindquist
The Symposia Salon in Greenwich Village
7/19/2005 12:13:13 PM
Long, long ago I decided that doing stuff by myself meant that I would lose interest in whatever I was doing ... sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. From that point on, once I became interested in doing something, I would try to find someone to be involved in it with. If I found someone, I would continue through to the completion of some goal. If I didn't, I would simply move on to the next most interesting thing and try again.
In writing, I have had a core group of people with whom I could share my work for years. It satisfies whatever small need I have for an audience. One more caveat, the interaction must be in person with physical proximity and presence in order for it to be sustainable.
Internet interaction, while having its spikes of excitement, has proven to be unsustainable for me. I need the body language, it seems.
That doesn't mean that I don't use the internet, but it is something I do and THEN take back to my in-the-flesh community to disect and digest.
Mostly my face-to-face community for my writing has been a small group of friends (except for writing programs, workshops, and so forth), but that has changed recently. One of my newer friends (since moving to New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area) is, Cornel Rusu, the Director of Symposia, "a network of community groups active in New York metropolitan area." There website can be found at:
This brings me to what I am getting at. On Tuesday's at 7PM Symposia holds a salon type discussion group in Greenwich Village. The public is invited. There is a minimum $5 charge for food or drinks at the host cafe. (You can get all the other details from the Symposia website.)
Here is where I now go to meet share my ideas and work in a stimulating, face-to-face, egalitarian social environment. It is contributing greatly to my writing.
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