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About meI am interested in the history and origins of ideas and texts. I am an Epicurean in philosophy and taste. I was the Director of the Roy Hart International Arts Centre from December 2005 to February 2011, which is located at the Château de Malérargues in the Cévennes mountains on the southern edge of France's Massif Central. While Director, I acquired several interesting libraries and book collections for the Centre, the most notable being the library of Christopher Wicking. I also used to be the Director of the Eranos Foundation (2000-2002) in Ascona, Switzerland and oversaw the creation of an annotated bibliography of their unique library collections from 1998 to 2002. I also worked for many years as an editor and publisher (1988-2001) with Spring Publications and was the founder (along with James Hillman and Julia Hillman) of Spring Audio (1991) and Spring Journal Books (1997 with Charles Boer) and was the editor of the Eranos Yearbook (1992-1999). A graduate of Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Connecticut, I have been further educated at the University of Connecticut (B.A. 1979 and M.A. 1989), West Point (1975-77), the University of Dallas (1980), Université de Rouen (1985-86), and the University of London (summer 1974).
Growing up in a rural, relatively isolated and poor community (Woodstock) in the northeastern part of Connecticut, early on I developed a craving for reading and writing. And there was a rural community library, the North Woodstock Library, which was only a three mile walk from my home where I could borrow almost any book I wanted via the State interlibrary loan system. It had a superb librarian, Mrs. Kelly, who encouraged me in reading everything. As a result I have poured much of my life into editing and writing work and most of my talent into reading and a desire for books.
I speak English, French, and Italian and can also read and translate Latin and some German and Spanish and am familiar with Swedish.
I also collect Haitian, African, New Guinean, and contemporary art, and play a good game of raquetball (or badminton or tennis if I can find someone to play). I also love to eat and drink well, so for me France is not the worst place to have lived. Now I live in Woodstock in the house I was raised in. I am in the midst of transforming it into a place of books, art, good meals, and decent wine. Towards this goal, I have opened a French-style bistrot with my French wife in the neighboring town of Southbridge, Massachusetts with which we have had much success.

About my libraryI have three libraries in Connecticut of over 5000 volumes and manuscripts of mostly unique provenance from years in publishing, academia, and having been connected with an unusual group of international writers and thinkers especially in the fields of psychoanalysis, mythology, poetry, and theatre. Plus I have another collection of books in France.
Besides laboring in the shelves of books at Eranos, and before that working for about 15 years in publishing with James Hillman's Spring Publications, and then with Charles Boer editing Spring Journal, and then with Nancy Cater, the Roy Hart Centre had a growing library and archives, which was enhanced by a generous donation from the English theatre director, Lily Susan Todd, of the collection of Christopher Wicking (a horror movie expert, screenwriter, and director), her late husband. I helped organize this collection at Malérargues, but sadly, the Centre has become, with a change of leadership on its board, an off season housing project and summer vacation place for tax-cheating dilettantes and neurotics in theatre and "the arts".

My rating of books is: 5 = excellent; could change thinking, 4 = good, 3 = average read, 2 = okay, 1 = bad; and halves are in between.

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Ancient History, Books that made me think, Children's Literature, Freemasonry, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, Reading Globally, The Chapel of the Abyss

Favorite authorsDante Alighieri, Deirdre Bair, Charles Boer, Robert A. Caro, Pierre Franey, Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig, Victor Davis Hanson, James Hillman, John Keegan, Mary S. Lovell, Charles Olson, Ezra Pound, Mario Praz, Bertrand Russell, Edmund Wilson, Frances Yates (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://www.abraxasvoiceinstitute.com; www.metrobistrot.com

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Real nameJay Freeman Livernois

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The Devil's Doctor: Felix Kersten and the Secret Plot to Turn Himmler Against Hitler by John H. Waller
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Thank you for alerting me to American Aphrodite (it's hard to thank the sales-generating functionality of this site). I had read a bit about Samuel Roth (a sort of yankee-come-lately Leonard Smithers) after coming across his imprint of a book by Catulle Mendes, and then promptly forgotten him. There are some interesting things in AA: Rhys Davies, H.A. Manhood, Peladan, and Simon Arrow's Count Fanny's Nuptials - among others.
Hello again Jay, many remerciements for your kind invitation. We're headed to Colorado and Flordia this year but will keep it in mind. In any event it's always nice to make contact with other Americans who live in FR long term. So many folks come and go...

Great to hear about your critique of Rousseau; I'd like to read it if its still around. Funny thing: the French love it when I talk about Volney and are shocked to find an American who knows something about their revolution they've never heard before. Once, a wine seller delivered some Volnay to my house. He asked why my cave was mostly Volnay. So I took him into my office and showed him the Jefferson-Volney collection. I told him the story in two minutes. When I was done he looked at me and said: "I know why I've never heard of this. It's because it refutes everything I learned in school."

Hope you are enjoying the spring; weather has been great here. Please keep in touch and AZB, TCW

Thank you for accepting my friends invitation. I hope my profile has given you new insights into Volney, Jefferson and Franco-US history. I'll be glad to answer any questions regarding Volney, his views or how to purchase his books. All Zee Best, TCW

PS-Didn't mention this in my profile, but I've also become a collector of Volnay, the wonderful Burgundy red. Makes a nice dinner party motif--discussing Volney the philosopher over a bottle of Volnay 1er Cru.
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