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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).
About my libraryI now have two 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.
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 Guggenbühl-Craig, Victor Davis Hanson, James Hillman, John Keegan, Mary S. Lovell, Charles Olson, Ezra Pound, Mario Praz, Bertrand Russell, Edmund Wilson, Frances Amelia Yates (Shared favorites)
Real nameJay Freeman Livernois
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceMar 29, 2009
Currently readingThe First Decadent: Being the Strange Life of J. K. Huymans by James Laver
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