CollectionsYour library (2,132), Via omnibus (191), Read but unowned (666), Wishlist (918), Plays (204), Current Research (8), Documentary films (5), Select film and television (3), Comics and Graphic Novels (281), Select E-books (33), Borrowed (2), Summer fiction (2), All collections (3,946)
TagsNon-Fiction (1,593), Fiction (1,118), US (532), Political theory (455), Europe (422), Authoritarian politics (420), Philosophy (414), US fiction (308), Revolutionary politics (295), Communism (252) — see all tags
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About meB·G·P /ˈbegepe/
1. An anti-utopian Neo-Luxemburgist libertarian socialist autonomist, dedicated environmentalist and secular humanist activist who is Post-Marxist and Neo-Gramscian when it comes to cultural and international political concerns, supports a radical form of agonistic pluralism when it comes to deliberative democratic concerns, embraces Marx's critique of capitalism (and thus remains something of a "post-Marxist" Marxist) and is militantly opposed to wars of choice, militarism, jingoism and the degradation of this earth.
2. Something of a contrarian.
3. A radical librarian in training.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it." - Karl Marx
"I thought I could organize freedom / How Scandinavian of me." - Björk
"Peace will not be secured if we organize the world by what divides it." - David Mitrany
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. " - T. E. Lawrence
(George Bernard Shaw on T. E. Lawrence's use of colons: " As you have no rules, and sometimes throw colons about with an unhinged mind, here are some rules for you...")
"'nother day, 'nother way, 'nother dollar spent / Gotta make a revolution out of fifteen cent." - stic.man
"Always down and always out but my morals always seem just fine..." - Jim James (misquoted, but I prefer the unintentionally misquoted Jim James to the literal work of the man)
"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." - Desiderius Erasmus
"The game['s] the same... It just got more fierce." - Slim Charles
"There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose." - John Kenneth Galbraith
"La beauté est dans la rue" - Unknown, Paris, France, 1968
"I can only believe stories whose witnesses are ready to give up their lives." - Blaise Pascal (I oppose his wager, not his romanticism)
"Mississippi goddamn!" - Nina Simone
"No Lois, I'm not drunk, I'm just exhausted from staying up and drinking all night!" - Peter Griffin
"Home is where I want to be / But I guess I'm already there." - David Byrne
"Whatever you're thinking... Bastille Day is still a month away." - David Lynch
"I'm here, I said, with 'the romantic dogs' / And here I'm going to stay." - Roberto Bolaño
"To be neutral, to be passive, is to be a collaborator..." - Howard Zinn
"Now that... I can't abide." - Lt. Aldo "the Apache" Raine
"Even if you are not political, politics will come to you." -Aung San Suu Kyi
“For all dead comrades, not a minute's silence, but a life of struggle." -Olav Magnus Linge
"And that song is our amulet." - Roberto Bolaño
"I want to be an un-fucker!" - Katie Goodman
"Folk forstaae mig saa lidt, at de ikke engang forstaae mine Klager over, at de ikke forstaae mig." - Søren Kierkegaard
About my libraryYour library is, quite naturally, my corporeal library, 99% of which is currently several hundred miles away in storage... Alas.
Via omnibus identifies most of the works which I own via omnibus (excepting, of course, those which I also happen to own as stand alone works).
Read but unowned is a partial list of books that I've read, but have never bothered to buy (or, in the case of a number of out of print non-fiction works, simply couldn't afford). If I haven't read a book in its entirety, it will not be listed here; the few exceptions (yes, there are always exceptions) to this rule consist of one star to half-star novels and texts which were given a chance, but ultimately left me with absolutely no reason or motivation to finish them. This collection will only be updated when I'm looking to avoid something enriching and productive, and/or when my thoughts gravitate toward a specific book or collection of books which I read some time ago.
The Wishlist is a list of books which have aroused my interest, but have yet to be pursued. It also includes a number of works which were once begun, but never finished. The Wishlist is quite dated; I ceased updating it when I entered graduate school. It remains, as it is instructive, and will probably be brought back into use when I have more time and money for independent pursuits.
For a time, Plays became one of my regular, if not primary, forms of distraction during my daily commute. I found it worthwhile to cross-reference all of the plays which are cataloged in the four collections above for ease of reference.
I've started to read Comics and Graphic Novels again when I'm in the mood for something light, in lieu of TV or trashy fiction. I will be adding and rating graphic novels and collections of what I have read here on a irregular basis.
Finally, while I have no interest in cataloging my entire DVD collection, or, for that matter, reviewing the overwhelming majority of the films which I've seen over the years, there can be no arguing with the fact that certain Documentary films have a place in every library; as such, I will slowly but surely be cataloging and reviewing a number of such works. Likewise, when I feel so compelled, I will be reviewing a handful of notable and/or notorious cinematic works under Select film and TV.
As for ratings: the following ratings guide will be formalized whenever I need a good reason to procrastinate. My actual book ratings are, however, by no means final (for now, anyway: many are currently in the process of being revised).
GroupsDystopian novels, Graduate Students, Librarians who LibraryThing, Marxist & Socialist, Non-Fiction Readers, Radical History, Reading Globally, Social Democrats & Democratic Socialists, The Globe, The Prizes —show all groups, Treehuggers, Working Class
Favorite authorsBrendan Behan, Isaiah Berlin, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Nikolai Bukharin, Mihail Bulgakov, John le Carré, Mahmoud Darwish, Milovan Djilas, Friedrich Engels, Robert Fisk, John Foran, Michel Foucault, John Kenneth Galbraith, Antonio Gramsci, Graham Greene, Alexander Hamilton, John Heartfield, Joseph Heller, Herodotus, Christopher Hitchens, E. J. Hobsbawm, C. L. R. James, Tony Judt, Ryszard Kapuściński, Robert Kee, Arthur Koestler, Ernesto Laclau, T. E. Lawrence, Rosa Luxemburg, Rian Malan, André Malraux, Karl Marx, Chantal Mouffe, Ernie O'Malley, George Orwell, Thomas Paine, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Joseph A. Schumpeter, William Shakespeare, David Simon, Hunter S. Thompson, Leon Trotsky, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, William T. Vollmann, Voltaire, Kurt Vonnegut, Bill Watterson (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresBartleby's Books, Daedalus Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Smith Family Bookstore - Campus, Smith Family Bookstore - Downtown
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceAug 18, 2007