Quentin Chat’s Literary Burden
Recently, NoteStream introduced "Chat Rooms" inside the App. Each classic novel we present now offers a dedicated space for readers to connect with each other and talk about the everything they love about these books. Think of them as a sort of virtual Book Club get-together - on your schedule!
David Gardner, legendary journalist and Executive Head of all things bookish for NoteStream recently looked into the history of chat rooms and offers up some startling revelations!
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When Quentin Chat invented the Internet’s answer to the water cooler, he was proud to earn his hefty bonus for making mid-morning breaks at work irrelevant.
But Quentin’s chat rooms were supposed to be a way of conversing far from the madding crowd; an intimate discourse to find a common humanity through wireless technology; a freedom from the constraints of face-to-face encounters.
To Quentin, this was the important thing; not smashing the water cooler culture. Sure, the money helped pay the interest on his student loans but to a literary soul such as he, it was immensely more rewarding to connect people through words.
Words have always been the most important thing in Quentin Chat’s life.
Gobbling up the classics, Quentin’s imagination traveled through time faster than a DeLorean: Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Leon Tolstoy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marcel Proust, Harper Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, and, yes, J.K. Rowling—these were his friends.
He read Ulysses at the age of 12 and marveled at the stream of consciousness until he realized he was reading the book backwards. From left to right, he appreciated Joyce all the more.
When Quentin Chat invented the Internet’s answer to the water cooler conversation, he didn’t realize he had created the framework with which the English language (or any language, for that matter!) would be dismantled vowel by vowel.
Why bother getting up at all to stand in a crowded corridor for 15 minutes when you can discuss anything online with the bonus of anonymity?
Alas, at the age of 37, (working as an accountant at Sparkletts where the water cooler problem had appeared insurmountable until Quentin’s invention), Quinton learned his beloved Chat Rooms had become a literary Doomsday. Quentin was crushed; his life spiraled dramatically out of control. He stopped eating cereal, started drinking California wine, and read 23 James Patterson novels.
And then, NoteStream reached out to help him.
With its proclivity for long form reading and serializing of classic novels, NoteStream opened up a series of Chat Rooms for readers to bring back civil discussions to books like Emma, Frankenstein, The Man Who Would Be King, Great Expectations, and Pride and Prejudice.
NoteStream has even featured exclusive, contemporary novels, like The iCandidate, to give readers something new to talk about.
Quentin Chat has graciously accepted Notestream’s invitation to moderate The Chat Rooms, now live inside the NoteStream app.
Join Mr. Chat as we discuss classic literature and more, in a mobile, civil space that fosters the importance of the written word.
But be warned! Quentin will be reading and commenting inside the various NoteStream Chat Rooms, to ensure the quality of the words remain true to form.
After all, Quentin Chat wants to have the last word.