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Member: MMcM

CollectionsYour library (12,722), Digital (37), Akiban (15), All collections (12,774)

Reviews41 reviews

Tagsart (1,226), literature (823), history (791), biography (722), language (720), fiction (574), poetry (460), food (456), plants (381), travel (351) — see all tags

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About meMathematician. Classicist. Entrepreneur. Art collector.

About my libraryAreas include language and literature. Many of our books relate to our other collecting interests, such as African and Gandharan art and Chinese furniture. Some books come close to forming collections in their own right, such as vegetarian cookbooks from around the world.

All the books we have at present should be entered and I am trying to keep up with new ones. Tags are still in progress, sometimes only recording where books came from when entered. In particular, tags that subsume others are often missing.

Our house is also full of magazines. So far, I am only cataloging special issues, complete runs, bound volumes, etc. I do not have a good strategy for the rest yet. The same goes for auction catalogs.

I have some bound material from the early days of the ARPANET and AI that I will try to catalog as I uncover it.

GroupsAlexander the Great, Anarchism, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient History, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Art Books, Art History, Beat-itificshow all groups

Favorite authorsJorge Luis Borges, Sir Richard Francis Burton, James George Frazer, John Gerard, Edward Gibbon, Henry James, James Joyce, Hugh Kenner, Athanasius Kircher, Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, Pliny, Plutarch, Ezra Pound, Thomas Pynchon, Herbert Read, Gertrude Stein, Laurence Sterne, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAvenue Victor Hugo, Boston Book Annex, Brattle Book Shop, McIntyre and Moore Booksellers, New England Mobile Book Fair, Raven Used Books, Rodney's Bookstore, Schoenhof's Foreign Books

Favorite librariesBoston Public Library, Boston University - Mugar Memorial Library, MIT - Hayden Memorial Library (Building 14)

Other favoritesBoston College

Also onBlogger, Flickr, GitHub

Real nameMike McMahon

LocationChestnut Hill, MA, USA

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/MMcM (profile)
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Member sinceOct 2, 2005

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We have a lot of books in common. Which edition is your 1001 Nights by Burton? I have #110 of the first edition.
Mike, the books you catalogue so often make me green with envy.
Saluton! Finfine LibraryThing aldonis Esperanton kiel novan lingvon eblas traduki la interfacon kaj korekti titolojn unzante Ĉ, ĉ, Ĝ, ĝ, Ĥ, ĥ, Ĵ, ĵ, Ŝ, ŝ, Ŭ, ŭ vidu ankaŭ Vi povas inviti (ankaŭ pere de Facebook) amikojn al . Antaŭdankon! Amike reinhardt

Many thanks for your History posting!

Wow we share (26)!

Thank you for your reference to Seymour Martin Lipset, whose work I was previously unfamiliar with. I have been looking through his [It Didn't Happen Here] and I find his thesis cogent and convincing.
Hi Mike, just a note to let you know that LT author Jonathon Green (LT name abecedary) is conducting a month long q&a thread from 1 March in Le Salon Litteraire du Peuple pour le Peuple.

I noticed you have a number of Jonathon's books so thought you may be interested. You do not need to be a member of Le Salon group to contribute (although you would be most welcome to do so). The thread link is here:
hi there, I'm a local Northboro member and saw you on the list for other members close to me. I wanted to tell you that I have just recently opened up used/new bookstore right in Northboro at Times Square Plaza right next to Romaine's restaurant at the junction of W. main st and Rt 20. If you love books and talking books, and talking come on by and check out the store. I was introduced to librarything by one of my other new store customers who also lives in Shrewsbury. Not too many people know about my store yet so I'm trying to reach out to all the local avid readers and collectors. You can also check out my ad and some store pictures on craigslist. Hope to see you soon and would love to meet new avid reader friends.

Jeannie Mancini
Jeannie's Book Emporium
10 SW Cutoff #4 TImes Square Plaza
Northboro, MA
Thanks for your help on æøåÆØÅ conversion. I'm using MacOS (because the
Palm Desktop does the job for me. I've downloaded the xls file and --record-encoding ISO-8859-1 gives me the most useful version,
but æøå turns into (3/4) (? bottom up) (large OE ligature).
I've seen this kind of garbage before though, so this may or may not be
the PalmThing applications fault. The Palm Pilot character set is based
on Windows codepage 1252? If I'm correct, this means that
Unicode æøå are utf-8 encoded as æ ø Ã¥ and I'd hoped that they ended up
as codepoints 230 248 229. What appears on my Zire 71 looks like codepoints
190 191 140 to me.

I haven't looked so much on what happens without the record-encoding option since
that looked worse.

This is not a bit deal since I can easily recognize my books and PalmThing is
a great help. I'd just like to look a bit nicer.
I really like the PalmThing application. Some of the Danish characters æøåÆØÅ don't survive the trip though and turns into rather weird characters instead. Could you spare a minute or two to explain which character conversions are involved? I use linux and can easily convert the .xls file if only I knew what was going on :-)
scanned, posted cover of the Max Ernst MOMA 1961 exhibit catalog
Speaking of Roubaud, I was thinking to his book entitled Mathématiques : (he insisted on the colon at the end), which is partly autobiographic (his early days when he studied maths in Paris short after WWII). I don't know if there is an English translation.

Hello Mike,

Thanks for your ever appreciated contributions in the different groups both of us belong to.

I'm very impressed by the size and content of your library... Is the picture made of several snapshots you did at home?

Also, I wonder if you ever read anythink by Jacques Roubaud, qui était un mathématicien comme vous, mais aussi un membre de l'Oulipo fondée par Queneau.

Thanks - I didn't know about A Covey of Partridge. I'll look into that - might be an easier book to get my hands on.

My interest in Partridge is from a lexicography point of view but I am also interested in WW1. Additionally his autobiography apparently includes childhood/youth in New Zealand and Australia, which are collectively where I come from. So the book seemed a good fit all round!
Hi - you are showing as having listed Eric Partridge In His Own Words. Is this an autobiography?

And if so, what period of his life does it cover?

The only autobiography I was aware of was Frank Honywood: Private which I have been seeking for some time.

Yes, when you see me scrub the pages quickly, that's using an eraser to get rid of pencil lines that show. Thanks for watching.
Mike, I wanted to share this video I made with you.
I am curious about "Myths,Mountains and Mandalas" by Bill Kite. This may be my brother-we have lost connection.

Roy Kite
Hi, MMcM--Hi, I'm glad you saw the display. It looked a bit haphazard but I am glad they were able to have it up. I've been to Boston 4 previous times but with this trip I was able to spend an entire week and fell madly in like with the city. I hope I'll have another chance to visit. I loved the Driscoll School and the Commonweath school. The students were super. Thank you for asking.
I was just looking at your blog. Very interesting. You should post more!

Your initials keep popping up on shared books. Surprisingly, though we both have many books tagged "plants" these are rarely amongst the coincidences. Your photo of book shelves is alarming, I'm still trying to find a home for mine and probably only have about half as many.

Gerald, Sintra, Portugal
I did not think that there were very many others in this world who had copies of the history of magic and experimental science by thorndike!....but it seems we share similar interests.... Someday I will have my entire collection used to number nearly 12,000 but I sold the bulk of it to a private collector a number of years ago. Now, it is about 3,500 titles and quite a few on my 'virtual' listings.
Thank you for the wonderful posts about the Sapho fragment in 'Poetry in Translation'. The references were very helpful. ( I liked the literal translation the best. ) You are lucky to have Greek.
Thanks! You are right, this bad info comes from a variety of sources. I am glad that most of my favorite authors don't have this ambiguity, but the few who do, drive me crazy!
I thought you had taken a photo of my library for a minute.
Best wishes,
Thanks (belatedly) for your advice on Bookchin!
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