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*This community is basically defunct. I am leaving this up purely for posterity's sake. -s_h*

Welcome to the Book You Crew.

Who are we? We are a literary discussion community that caters to people who read widely and voraciously, who believe in the value of good literature, who are able to turn a critical eye on what they read to determine its worth, and who believe in the spirit of the following quote:
If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on the skull, then why do we read it? Such books as make us happy we could write ourselves. But what we must have are those books which come upon us like ill-fortune, and distress us deeply, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be like an ice-axe to break the frozen sea inside us. (Franz Kafka)
We are not, however, an open community. We strive to offer a level of book community not found elsewhere on Livejournal and, thus, we have an application process. There are rules...

Here Are The Rules (If you wish to play in our sandbox, it is in your best interest to read them):

-Immediately after joining you must post your application, comprised of your top 20 books. 20 means 20, not 17, not 24 - 20. Don't complain that you "just couldn't pick 20 books, so you included 34," because we've all done it successfully and have no sympathy.
-Books listed can include fiction, short fiction volumes or novellas, poetry volumes or epic poems, dramas, graphic novels, or non-fiction. Single poems or short works are not acceptable. Listing writers is not acceptable. I repeat, listing single poems, single stories, and writers is not acceptable. That means don't do it.
-Applications will either be accepted or banned, but anyone is welcome to watch the community without applying.
-You may not post or comment in the community outside of your own application unless and until you are accepted. Anyone who posts/comments, with exception to their own application, and is not an accepted member of the community will be banned.
-Moderators and the maintainer may ban anyone they want, whenever they want. It will most likely be because you've got bad taste, you're an asshole, or you refuse to follow The Rules.
-Please note that we DO NOT care about your name, age, where you're from, your occupation, your shoe size, your hobbies, your GRE scores, your field of study, your IQ, your mother's maiden name, or any other irrelevant crap you feel compelled to tell us. We will not be impressed. We are not trying to date you.
-Accepted members may ask applicants for a relevant Top Five if they are unsure of their vote. Or an irrelevant Top Five. Or a semi-relevant Top Seven. Answering these questions behooves you greatly, as an unanswered challenge equals a no vote. If you care enough to apply, care enough not to ignore your app once it's posted.
-If your list reads like the most recent NY Times Bestseller list, reads like your high school summer reading list, reads like the front table at Borders/B&N, or includes anything by John Grisham, you're deluding yourself that you're qualified to be here. Make like a tree and branch out.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. (Flannery O'Connor)
-No whining. Whining is grounds for banning.
-We are human, so we are not flawless and occasionally make typos. Sometimes we will catch and correct them; sometimes we will not. Do NOT take the Grammar Nazi route rather than defend your list, or you shall be met with any or all of the following: contempt, ridicule, slanguage, bannage. Especially slanguage.
-Please, no screwing around with the font/font color of your post. Is ours not good enough for you?
-DO NOT pander to us and DO NOT apologize for your list. It is what it is; if we accept it, we accept it. Honesty is valued above all.
-NO AIRSHIP DWELLERS. Thanks.
-NO FAN-FIC! GO AWAY! We're not going to have to read fan-fic no one's ever heard of to decide if it's good or not. Considering that it's fan-fic, we'll assume it's not.
-Applicants who don't cut it, but just barely, and show promise may be told they can re-apply. Re-apps are granted on a case-by-case basis by the moderators. If you are rejected, that does not mean you are entitled to a re-app. Only one re-app will ever be granted to a user; two chances are all you get. If it's been at LEAST six months to a year since you've applied, and you were explicitly encouraged to try again, contact schwarzes_herz, who will review your first application, confer with the moderators, and decide if you get another go.
-And though it should go without saying, should be obvious to even the headless or the catatonic, we will state, for the record, NO TROLLING!

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Creator/Maintainer/Moderator:
schwarzes_herz
Contact: by sending me an LJ message. If you're asking for a re-app, could you please locate your previous app and have a link ready to provide? If you deleted your first app, don't even think about asking for a second.

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