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About meLiterary critic.

About my libraryBooks I've read in recent years, with an emphasis on modern literature, philosophy and critical theory.

GroupsAmerican Postmodernism, analytic philosophy, Ancient History, Architext, Banned Books, Bloggers, Cognitive Science, Dalkey Archive, Edition Erudition, Editors, Researchers, Whatevershow all groups

Favorite authorsTheodor W. Adorno, Alain Badiou, Mikhail Bakunin, Charles Baudelaire, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Bernhard, Maurice Blanchot, Ernst Bloch, Luc Boltanski, Pierre Bourdieu, Ray Brassier, Fernand Braudel, Sir Thomas Browne, Robert Burton, Lewis Carroll, Noel Carroll, Anne Carson, Paul Celan, E. M. Cioran, John Collier, Stefan Collini, Lydia Davis, Denis Diderot, T. S. Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, Max Frisch, William H. Gass, Raymond Geuss, Gordon Lish, Edward Gorey, Alasdair Gray, Gary Gutting, Peter Handke, Graham Harman, Robert Pogue Harrison, Martin Heidegger, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Lars Iyer, Henry James, Alfred Jarry, Simon Jarvis, Eileen John, B. S. Johnson, Gabriel Josipovici, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Anna Kavan, Hugh Kenner, Frank Kermode, Daniil Charms, Søren Kierkegaard, Joseph Leo Koerner, Peter Lamarque, Nick Land, Andrew Lanyon, Francois Laruelle, Bruno Latour, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Gordon Lish, Clarice Lispector, Mina Loy, Niklas Luhmann, Steven Lukes, Gary Lutz, Catherine Malabou, Stéphane Mallarmé, Thomas Mann, Ben Marcus, Herbert Marcuse, David Markson, Quentin Meillassoux, Michel de Montaigne, Franco Moretti, Stephen Mulhall, Robert Musil, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martha C. Nussbaum, Flann O'Brien, Marjorie Perloff, Fernando Pessoa, Robert B. Pippin, Edgar Allan Poe, François Rabelais, Denise Riley, Rainer Maria Rilke, Richard Rorty, James Salter, Bruno Schulz, Christine Schutt, Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky, Georg Simmel, Laurence Sterne, Bernard Stiegler, August Strindberg, Raymond Tallis, Charles Taylor, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Wells Tower, David Foster Wallace, Robert Walser, Simone Weil, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michael Wood, Richard Yates (Shared favorites)


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Favorite librariesBodleian Library, Oxford University - Radcliffe Camera, British Library, Cambridge University Library, Dr Williams's Library, Lewis Carroll Childrens Library, Main Library - University of Birmingham, Marx Memorial Library, Senate House Library, University of London, The London Library, University of Manchester - John Rylands Library, Deansgate

Other favoritesFree Word Centre

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics


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Just spotted your addition of the book on Leavis which I'd not come across - so I've ordered a copy. I'm not a Leavisite - but then who is? When I was at Library School (UCW-Aberystwyth) in the early seventies one of my lecturers was president of 'The Friends of Leavis Society' - or something similarly called. When I expressed surprised and generally demurred he surprised me saying that it wasn't an easy office to fulfil.

Additionally part of my career was managing a number of libraries in Edmonton, North London. Queenie was born in Silver Street, Edmonton - and briefly taught at Latymer School, Edmonton - prior to running off with FR - I seem to remember reading about parental opposition etc. Many have said that it was Queenie who was the real motor/brain behind the couple - whether this is Feminist hindsight - I don't know.

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We're trying to revive the analytic philosophy group discussions--if you're interested.
hi David,
I wonder if you are still active on Librarything? I noticed your piece on Musil at Open Letters Monthly recently, and I have also been following your resurrected blog. great stuff.
all the best,

Thanks for the friend request. It's quite the library you have. I enjoy 3:Am magazine myself. The interviews, especially.
You're very welcome. A good portion of your favorite authors is unkown to me, but considering the ones we share, I'm confident about the exploration of this terra incognita.
And yes, The Man Without Qualities is certainly among the best novelistic monuments (or roman-fleuve as we say in France) I've read. I think you'll be interested to know that Blanchot wrote an essay about it, which can be found in The Book to Come.
Thanks for the add. Quite an impressive library you've got there!
Your list of favorite authors is incredibly impressive. I wish I could claim some of these as my favorites but they are only people I admire (as opposed to ones I read voraciously) and therefore I feel that I cannot.
For a term paper, so if there's anything holy it'll sink without a trace. However, I have been informed that said paper will be mined for a book my professor is writing, so . . . conceivably!
Hello! I am writing a thing about walking and writing and I may quote your blog post on the subject. Hope that's all right!
I'm wondering who painted your profile icon. Could you enlighten me?
yes, Dostoevsky is a proto-existentialist. Actually, I think he's proto everything, including the modern self, which is why I'm interested in the Laing. Do you know Dostoevsky's The Double?
Thanks for the friend request. Interesting-looking blog – is the title from Lichtenberg? Have you read La Rochefoucauld? He was my starting point for a mini aphorism spree last year...
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