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About meI'm a writer, editor, and teacher on subjects related to the intersection of science and technology with society and culture. Born and raised in southern New England, I'm now (happily) back there after 27 years spent in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and South -- an unassimilated Yankee who loves the sea, the snow, bay scallops, and good clam chowder. For the demographically curious, I . . . was born in 1963, am the son of a teacher and a social worker, am 6' 3" tall, am left-handed, attended public schools, have a PhD (University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1990) drive an aging Toyota minivan, sail a vintage 21-foot racing sloop, and have owned seven Macintosh computers since 1987, but still hasn't gotten around to getting a smartphone (i- or otherwise).
About my libraryMy LibraryThing library is mostly books on history, science, technology, and popular culture, along with a lot of classic science fiction, pre-1920 British poetry, maritime history, mysteries & thrillers. There are also clumps of books about language, mass media, constitutional law, baseball, archaeology, yacht racing, and Antarctic exploration, among other things.
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Favorite librariesBritish Museum - Central library, Brown University - John Hay Library, C.K. Leith Library of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Vineyard Haven Public Library, Wellesley Free Library Fells Branch, Wisconsin Historical Society - Library and Archives
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Real nameA. Bowdoin Van Riper
LocationVineyard Haven, MA
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceNov 12, 2005
Currently readingWhat Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting by Marc Norman
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