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Member: Jambyfool

CollectionsYour library (2,993), Wishlist (137), Currently reading (9), Read but unowned (16), Favorites (42), All collections (3,130)

Reviews21 reviews

TagsPoetry (686), Graphic novel/memoir and cartoons (375), British literature (350), American literature (335), Fantasy (244), Drama (167), Science fiction (138), Classics (98), Canadian literature (81), Children's literature (55) — see all tags

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About meJust a boy masquerading as a man.

About my libraryPlenty of poetry and whatever else interests me. Particular passions include John Crowley, Evelyn Waugh, Anne Carson, Fernando Pessoa, Jane Austen, Chris Ware, G.B. Trudeau, and Shakespeare. And poetry.

GroupsAncient History, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Canadian Bookworms, FantasyFans, Folio Society devotees, Penguin Books, Poetry Fool, Progressive & Liberal!, ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes, Tea!

Favorite authorsA. R. Ammons, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Yves Bonnefoy, Jorge Luis Borges, Kevin Brockmeier, Allie Brosh, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, Italo Calvino, T. Carmi, Anne Carson, John Cheever, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Jim Crace, John Crowley, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens, Rita Dove, Lawrence Durrell, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen Fry, Rebecca Goldstein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tessa Hadley, Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Anthony Hecht, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Kazuo Ishiguro, Donald Justice, Pauline Kael, Bruce Eric Kaplan, John Keats, D. H. Lawrence, Paul Madonna, David Malouf, Katherine Mansfield, Gabriel García Márquez, Andrew Marvell, J.D. McClatchy, Ian McEwan, Don McKay, W. S. Merwin, Anne Michaels, Alice Munro, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, Amos Oz, Paul Park, Octavio Paz, Mervyn Peake, Fernando Pessoa, Marcel Proust, Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, Thomas Pynchon, M. Rickert, Mary Roach, Christina Rossetti, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Pedro Salinas, James Salter, David Sedaris, William Shakespeare, Leanne Shapton, Ali Smith, Laurence Sterne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wallace Stevens, Mark Strand, Edward Thomas, Richard Thompson, Adrian Tomine, G. B. Trudeau, Ivan Turgenev, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Kurt Vonnegut, Chris Ware, Robert Penn Warren, Bill Watterson, Evelyn Waugh, Julia Wertz, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, Jeanette Winterson, P. G. Wodehouse, Charles Wright, Ronald Wright, William Butler Yeats, Adam Zagajewski (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresFood for Thought Books, Montague Book Mill, Raven Used Book Shop, The Book Market - Downtown, The Old Book Store

Favorite librariesLibrary and Archives Canada - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Multnomah County Library - Kenton Branch

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics, Small Beer Press

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Real nameJamie

LocationPortland, Oregon

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 3, 2006

Currently readingOpen Secrets: Stories by Alice Munro
Forbidden Words: Selected Poetry of Eugenio de Andrade by Eugenio de Andrade
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke
The Complete Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Women in Love (Penguin Modern Classics) by D.H. Lawrence
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How true it is that,
if we are cheerful and contented,
all nature smiles,
the air seems more balmy,
the sky clearer,
the earth has a brighter green...
the flowers are more fragrant...
and the sun, moon, and stars
all appear more beautiful,
and seem to rejoice with us.
- Orison Swett Marden
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Thanks for the comment, and the kind words. I completed a BA in Russian in 1995. Even then, my written Russian was a whole lot better than my spoken Russian. I can still work my way slowly through Russian literature with a dictionary handy - although I'm so slow nowadays that I confine myself to the occasional poem - but my spoken Russian has pretty much gone, except for occasional phrases that have stuck in my memory. I still remember how to say: "And now, here I sit, fulfilling my childhood ambition" in Russian, but that's not a phrase that comes in handy all that often!

Glad you find my library interesting, jambyfool. Yours is most impressive - I think we have a similar mix of books, but you have plenty more (although I've only added about half my library so far).

Yes, and it is amazing. I've read a lot of housing books but nothing like that one, seriously!
I can't believe how many books we have in common!
Thanks for becoming a friend!
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