Originally Posted by Ernie
Fuck coffee table books, put Hemingway on your table and sit with people to read. Discuss the brilliance. Never understood the point of a book specifically purposed toward setting on a table. However if you buy a good book and prefer to keep it near where you sit to read, then I understand.
Think about what you just said.
Reading a serious novel is not a social or communal experience. It requires solitude and concentration. A coffee table book, in contrast, is made so that you can flip-through it casually. The large format pretty much requires it to be viewed on a table of some sort, and makes it eash to view with others.
You cannot invite people to your home, sit down to read For Whom the Bell Tolls]/i] for a few hours, make your guest watch you in silence, and then turn to him for serious discussion.