When I founded Salon four years ago, I wanted to build a Web site that had the high spirits and passionate engagement of a great dinner party -- the kind that leaves your head buzzing from all the fascinating people you've met and the conversations you've had.
Today, Salon.com brings you the best reader party on the Internet. First we present the Web's liveliest, smartest news and commentary, reviews and columns, fresh every day and throughout the day. Then we give you places to speak out about what we've published -- or anything else that's on your mind.
If you're coming to Salon.com for the first time, here's a quick guide to how to get the most out of our network of Web sites -- and links to some of our "can't miss" features.
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Salon's columnists are always ready to offer pointed and often controversial perspectives on the issues and events of the day -- whether it's Camille Paglia interpreting famous personalities as only she can (in People), Garrison Keillor offering advice for the lovelorn and literary as "Mr. Blue" (in Books), or David Horowitz and Joe Conason squaring off from the right and left corners of the political ring (in News). You can always find links to the most recent Salon columns off our Columnists page.
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We hope that everything we publish here is the beginning or continuation of a great conversation. You can always send us Letters to the Editor for publication -- or just e-mail us with your comments about Salon. Thanks for visiting our sites -- stick around and enjoy the fun.
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