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About meNow: 36, male, from Victoria, BC, Canada. Downright chipper.

Joyce was afraid of thunder,
but lions roared at his funeral
from the Zurich zoo.
Was it Zurich or Trieste?
No matter. These are legends, as much
as the death of Joyce is a legend,
or the strong rumour that Conrad
is dead, and that Victory is ironic.
On the edge of the night-horizon
from this beach house on the cliffs
there are now, till dawn,
two glares from the miles-out-
at-sea derricks: they are like
the glow of the cigar
and the glow of the volcano
at Victory's end.
One could abandon writing
for the slow-burning signals
of the great, to be, instead,
their ideal reader, ruminative,
voracious, making the love of masterpieces
superior to attempting
to repeat or outdo them,
and be the greatest reader in the world.
At least it requires awe,
which has been lost to our time;
so many people have seen everything,
so many people can predict,
so many refuse to enter the silence
of victory, the indolence
that burns at the core,
so many are no more than
erect ash, like the cigar,
so many take thunder for granted.
How common is the lightning,
how lost the leviathans
we no longer look for!
There were giants in those days.
In those days they made good cigars.
I must read more carefully.

-Derek Walcott

I like books that spin me right round.

About my libraryI love books until they fall apart in my arms, unless I pass them on to another lover. I also travel light. It makes "my library" something I'm kind of unwilling to define - I kind of like to think of the universe in general as my library. My LibraryThing is not a catalog of books I own, but an aide-memoire where I can record books I read and what I thought about them at the time of reading. There may also appear things like academic journal articles, webcomics, the very cute little book about cars that my kid made with his grandma, etc. Tags show dates read or are idiosyncratic and for my own amusement.

Rough guide to ratings:

0 - Not rated; I don't use this one.
0.5 - Not just shitty; actively hateful.
1 - "This book is fucking garbage."
1.5 - "This book is bad, man."
2 - "This was not very good."
2.5 - "Enh, it was okay, I guess."
3 - "This book wasn't bad."
3.5 - "This was pretty good."
4 - "Totally fun!"
4.5 - "This book is a stunning triumph."
5 - "At this moment, I feel like this does what it does better than anything else out there." Of course, enthusiasm sometimes fades.

Thanks for stopping by!

GroupsI became a fabulous opera, Infinite Jesters, Le Groupe des Mignon Photos, Le Salon des Amateurs de la Langue, Tropic of Ideas

Favorite authorsAntoine de Saint-Exupéry, Hannah Arendt, Aristotle, Isaac Asimov, Mikhail Bakhtin, Mikhail Bakunin, J.G. Ballard, Honoré de Balzac, Lester Bangs, J. M. Barrie, John Barth, L. Frank Baum, Max Beerbohm, Brian Michael Bendis, Walter Benjamin, Pierre Berton, Elizabeth Bishop, William Blake, Boethius, Hannes Bok, Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Raymond Briggs, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Sir Thomas Browne, Dick Bruna, Nikolai Bukharin, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anthony Burgess, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charles Burns, Lord Byron, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Lewis Carroll, Michael Chabon, Geoffrey Chaucer, G. K. Chesterton, Chris Claremont, Arthur C. Clarke, Susanna Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Carlo Collodi, Joseph Conrad, Susan Cooper, Bernard Cornwell, Hart Crane, e. e. cummings, Will Cuppy, Roald Dahl, Peter David, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexandre Dumas, Gerald Durrell, Gwynne Dyer, Terry Eagleton, Umberto Eco, Mark Edmundson, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Engels, Philip José Farmer, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penelope Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Ian Fleming, C. S. Forester, Allan Fotheringham, Michel Foucault, John Fowles, Northrop Frye, Jean Genet, Sandra M. Gilbert, Natalia Ginzburg, John Glassco, William Golding, Adam Gopnik, René Goscinny, Gerald Graff, Antonio Gramsci, Günter Grass, Stephen Greenblatt, Graham Greene, Jacob Grimm, Frederick Philip Grove, Susan Gubar, Ursula K. Le Guin, Thomas Hardy, Chris Harman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Seamus Heaney, Heinrich Heine, Robert A. Heinlein, Joseph Heller, Ernest Hemingway, Hergé, Russell Hoban, Homer, Robert E. Howard, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jerome K. Jerome, Ha Jin, Samuel Johnson, Franz Kafka, John Keats, Jack Kerouac, Charles Kingsley, Rudyard Kipling, Igor Kordey, William Labov, Peter Ladefoged, Harper Lee, Laurie Lee, Stan Lee, Fritz Leiber, Madeleine L'Engle, Elmore Leonard, Doris Lessing, C. S. Lewis, Astrid Lindgren, Clarice Lispector, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Macumbeira; tomcatMurr, Geert Mak, Olivia Manning, Thomas Mann, Greil Marcus, Christopher Marlowe, Gabriel García Márquez, Andrew Marvell, Karl Marx, Peter Matthiessen, Daphne du Maurier, Marshall McLuhan, Herman Melville, Jen Van Meter, Peter Milligan, Miriam Young, Michel de Montaigne, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Farley Mowat, Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov, V. S. Naipaul, Friedrich Nietzsche, Scott O'Dell, Michael Ondaatje, George Orwell, Nicholas Ostler, Orhan Pamuk, David Peace, Mervyn Peake, Plato, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Pope, Richard Price, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins, Eden Robinson, Christina Rossetti, Philip Roth, J. K. Rowling, Damon Runyon, Salman Rushdie, Miguel de Cervantes, Joe Sacco, Edward W. Said, J. D. Salinger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marjane Satrapi, John Ralston Saul, Sei Shōnagon, Maurice Sendak, Robert Service, William Shakespeare, Robert Shea, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Tom Shippey, Robert Silverberg, Gail Simone, Richard Steele, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Patrick Süskind, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Charles R. Tanner, Cary Tennis, Dylan Thomas, Roy Thomas, Thucydides, J. R. R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Peter Trudgill, Mark Twain, Virgil, Gauri Viswanathan, V. N. Volosinov, Voltaire, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Waid, Bill Watterson, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Irvine Welsh, Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy, E.B. White, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Henry Williamson, Bill Willingham, Robert Anton Wilson, George Woodcock, Gene Luen Yang, Banana Yoshimoto, Slavoj Zizek, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresABC Book and Comic Emporium, Dark Horse Books, Homer Kitabevi, Munro's Books, People's Co-Op Bookstore, Poor Richard's Books Limited, Pulpfiction Books, Pulpfiction Books West, Renaissance Books, Robinson Crusoe 389, Russell Books, Tanglewood Books, The Blue Parrot English Books, Tyrolia Buch Papier Innsbruck (Obexer-Haus)

Other favoritesThe Rhizome Cafe

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Real nameMartin M.

LocationVancouver, BC

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Member sinceFeb 26, 2007

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