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About me

'He spent his days there in a perpetual summer.
Stuck in a rock-cleft like a beachcomber
Washed-up, high and dry amid luminous spray,
Intent on pond life, wildflower and wind-play …'

From Calypso by Derek Mahon

I met a traveller from an antique land ... The name Ὠγυγία entwines several idea-strands; Castaways, and Island Shores; The Ancient and The Aborigine; Exile, and Submersion; the Atlantean, and the Primeval; Ireland, conflated by Roderic O’Flaherty with the island of Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey, where Ulysses was detained for seven years; a magical island in the West, an analogous Hy-Brasil. Thus ancient Ireland linked to glorious and venerable events of the Classical World from citations in Plutarch, and Strabo, who site Ogygia in the Atlantic; The Greek adjective Ogygios (Ωγύγιος), meaning Ogygian, came to be synonymous with "primeval," "primal", and "at earliest dawn", suggesting that Homer's Ogygia was a primeval island. Taking a cue from the Ogygian deluge in Boeotia, later geographers identified it as part of the putative sunken or mythical Atlantean island chain ... and so on.

'The ancient travel accounts will some day
be as precious as the greatest works of art;
for the earth was holy when unknown,
and it will never be that again.'

Elias Canetti, 'The Human Province'.

'The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.'

W.B. Yeats, 'The Second Coming'

'Much he discourses, and of various points,
All unconnected, void of limbs and joints;
He rails, persuades, explains, and moves the will
By fierce bold words and strong mechanic skill.'

George Crabbe, 'Religious Sects'.

'Truth, in the final analysis, has never served anything but oppression.', or 'At the end of the day, the truth is a fascist concept that only serves to oppress':
Robbe-Grillet

'... absolute beginnings are too aflame with potentiality to contemplate with the naked eye,
and only lapse of time and corruption of report make them bearable.'

Tim Robinson, 'Stones of Aran: Labyrinth'.

'It is as if the past is a great ship that has gone ashore, and archivist and writer must gather as much of the rich squandered cargo as they can'.
George Mackay Brown

'There will be a talking of lovely things,
there will be cognizance of the seasons,
there will be men who know the flights of birds.
In new days there will be love for women:
we will walk the balance of artistry,
and things will have a middle and an end
and be loved because they are beautiful.
Who in a walk will find a lasting vase
depicting dance and hold it in his hands
and sell it then? No man on the new earth
will barter with malice nor make of stone
a hollowed riddle; for art will be art,
the freak, the rare no longer commonplace.
There will be a going back to the laws.'

Michael Hartnett, 'There will be a talking ...'

'What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.'

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'

'England of the burrow-in green, chalk galvanized giant,
Undulating earth-bank fortress, flinted Roman wall,
full flair gorse, messy hay-trails waiting
to be bin-bag-baled by steel mandibles:

you unroll through the window of a train,
But should I get out in search of you, you'd be off
and I'd be left wandering down dual carriageways,
Looking across bean fields and filthy ditches'

Holly Hopkins, 'England, where did you go?'

'Its not about statistics, but intangibles'
Kathleen Jamie

'A ragged urchin, aimless and alone
Loitered about that vacancy; a bird
Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone.
That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him, who'd never heard
Of any world where promises were kept
Or one could weep because another wept'.

W.H.Auden, 'The Shield of Achilles'

"...there is no happiness except through freedom from Angst and only creative work, communion with nature, and helping others are anxiety-free."
Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, p. 37-8.

"I feel like part of the vanishing breed that thinks a writer should be read and not heard, let alone seen. I think this is because there seems so often today to be a tendency to put the person in the place of his or her work, to turn the creative artist into a performing one, to find what a writer says about writing somehow more valid, or more real, than the writing itself".

William Gaddis — from his acceptance speech for the National Book Award in Fiction for J R , April 1976

'He dived deeper and deeper into his books; he had taken all obsolescence to be his province...he would only read what was uncouth and useless...- All these were his delight. Such were his companions...books, the thoughts of books, the stirrings of imagination, all fused into one phantasy by the magic of the outland country."
Arthur Machen "The Hill of Dreams"
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Waiting on wings (in theory):
†...to read list

†CROSSING THE SIERRA DE GREDOS by Peter Handke
†SINGULAR REBELLION by Saiichi Maruya

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Current reads:

*THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
*THE ADVENTURES AND MISADVENTURES OF MAQROLL by Álvaro Mutis
*THE BOOK OF CHAMELEONS by Jose Eduardo Agualusa
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Dipping into:

†THE SPECTATOR: SELECTED ESSAYS by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele ... [et al.]
†EMPEROR OF THE EARTH: MODES OF ECCENTRIC VISION by Czeslaw Milosz

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Read Recently:
2017
†TALES OF THE ELDERS OF IRELAND [ACALLAM NA SENORACH] translated by Ann Dooley & Harry Roe.
†WHILE GREEN GRASS GROWS: MEMOIRS OF A FOLKLORIST by Brid Mahon
†THE CROCK OF GOLD by James Stephens
†THE CRYING OF THE WIND:IRELAND by Ithell Colquhoun
†DEEP SEA AND FOREIGN GOING: INSIDE SHIPPING, THE INVISIBLE INDUSTRY THAT BRINGS YOU 90% OF EVERYTHING by Rose George
†MY LIFE AS AN EXPLORER by Roald Amundsen
†LETTERS FROM HIGH LATITUDES by Lord Dufferin
†THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (AND OTHER STORIES) by Rudyard Kipling
†THE SILENT EXECUTIONER (FANTOMAS 2) by Marcel Allain & Pierre Souvestre
2016>
†THE MURDER OF CONELL BOYLE,COUNTY DONEGAL, 1898 by Frank Sweeney
†RETURN TO TSUGARU: TRAVELS OF A PURPLE TRAMP by Osamu Dazai
†MY HOME IS YOUR HOME: A JOURNEY ROUND SYRIA by Mary Russell
†OCTOBER NIGHTS by Gerard de Nerval
†ANGELIQUE by Gerard de Nerval
†A LIFE BY THE BOYNE by Jim Reynolds
†COME ALL YOU LOYAL HEROES by Con Houlihan
†THE FLY TRAP by Fredrik Sjoberg
†JAPANESE AGENT IN TIBET: MY TEN YEARS OF TRAVEL IN DISGUISE by Hisao Kimura
†WITH 'HITLER' AND A FRENCH '75' by Jim Reynolds
†THE GODSTONE AND THE BLACKYMOR by T.H. White
*JOHN BLAKE DILLON, YOUNG IRELANDER by Brendan O'Cathaoir
†STORM STILL by Peter Handke
†ONE HUNDRED ALLEGORICAL TALES FROM TRADITIONAL CHINA
†HOW TO BE AN ALIEN by George Mikes
†NONE SO BLIND by J.A.Gonzalez Sainz
*THE DROWNING POOL by Ross Macdonald
2015>
†LITTLE APPLE by Leo Perutz
†ZHAO THE ORPHAN
†THE WANDERER [UNDER THE AUTUMN STAR - ON MUTED STRINGS] by Knut Hamsun
†TRAMP by Tomas Espedal

*THE HUNTERS by James Salter
†THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE BOOK by Carriere & Eco
†THE STORY OF THE STONE I: THE GOLDEN DAYS by Cao Xueqin
†THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING by Lin Yutang
†HIROSHIMA by John Hersey
†COMING DOWN THE SEINE by Robert Gibbings
†NINE LIVES: ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE POLISH-UKRAINIAN BORDERLANDS by Waldemar Lotnik with Julian Preece
†WALK ABOUT THE VILLAGES by Peter Handke
†THE DIVERSITY ILLUSION by Ed West
†VINLAND SAGAS:THE NORSE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA [GRAENLENDINGA SAGA AND EIRICK'S SAGA]

†THE DIVINE WOMAN: DRAGON LADIES AND RAIN MAIDENS IN T'ANG LITERATURE by Edward H. Schafer
†THE TSO CHUAN, SELECTIONS FROM CHINA'S OLDEST NARRATIVE HISTORY, translated by Burton Watson
*THE HIVE by Charles Burns
†FAIRY LEGENDS & TRADITIONS OF THE SOUTH OF IRELAND by Thomas Crofton Croker
†ISLANDERS by Diarmuid O'Peicin, and Liam Nolan
†SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli
†THE PRISON JOURNAL OF ANNE DEVLIN, faithfully written down by Luke Cullen
*COTTERS AND SQUATTERS, HOUSING'S HIDDEN HISTORY by Colin Ward
†CONNEMARA: A LITTLE GAELIC KINGDOM by Tim Robinson
2014>
†THE ART OF WAR by Sun-Tzu
*ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell
†THE APPLEMAN AND THE POET by Hubert Butler
†ANDREW BRYSON'S ORDEAL, AN EPILOGUE TO THE 1798 REBELLION
†THE WAY THAT I WENT: AN IRISHMAN IN IRELAND by Robert Lloyd Praeger
†WITCHES, SPIES AND STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: STORIES FROM MEDIEVAL IRELAND by Finbar Dwyer
†THE WOOD by John Stewart Collis
†STRANGE TALES FROM LIAOZHAI by Pu Songling
†BELOW STAIRS by Margaret Powell
*BEING ARAB by Samir Kassir
†THE CROCODILE BY THE DOOR by Selina Guinness
†RENE LEYS by Victor Segalen
†ME AND NU: CHILDHOOD AT COOLE by Anne Gregory
†KING MOB: THE STORY OF LORD GEORGE GORDON AND THE RIOTS OF 1780 by Christopher Hibbert
†CHARLES IVES REMEMBERED, AN ORAL HISTORY by Vivian Perlis
†PLAYBACK by Raymond Chandler
†FROM A CHINESE CITY by Gontran de Montaigne Poncins
*MEN, TIDES AND SALMON: SNAP NETTING ON THE BARROW, NORE AND SUIR by Noel P. Wilkins

†FREAKONOMICS by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
†THE OVERHAUL by Kathleen Jamie
†ALAMEIN TO ZEM ZEM by Keith Douglas
†WHAT THE DOG SAW, AND OTHER ADVENTURES by Malcolm Gladwell
†THE SAGA OF HORD AND THE HOLM-DWELLERS
†BABYLON: MESOPOTAMIA AND THE BIRTH OF CIVILIZATION by Paul Kriwaczek
†THE FILM CLUB by David Gilmour
†A MAZE OF DEATH by Philip K. Dick
†COLLECTED POEMS by Edward Thomas
†SOMEWHERE TO THE SEA by Kenneth Sarr
2013>

†SHELLEY: THE PURSUIT by Richard Holmes
†THE HEART OF A VAGABOND by Nancy Price
†THE DAYS BEFORE YESTERDAY by Frederic Spencer Hamilton
†DAPHNIS AND CHLOE by Longus
†STRONG FARMER, THE MEMOIRS OF JOE WARD [with] Ciaran Buckley and Chris Ward
*THE CURE AT TROY by Seamus Heaney
†PHILOCTETES; ELECTRA; WOMEN OF TRACHIS by Sophocles
*JACK BY THE HEDGE by Nancy Price
†AKENFIELD: A PORTRAIT OF AN ENGLISH VILLAGE by Ronald Blythe
*THE LIFE OF JAMES CLARENCE MANGAN by John M'Call
*JAMES CLARENCE MANGAN by John Desmond Sheridan
†AN AFRICAN IN GREENLAND by Tété-Michel Kpomassie
†TOO LATE TO TURN BACK [LAND BENIGHTED] by Barbara Greene
*HOLLOWAY by Robert MacFarlane ... et al.
†SUCH AS I HAVE, OR FARMER'S HAZARD by Barney Heron
†FROM CAIRO TO BAGHDAD: BRITISH TRAVELLERS IN ARABIA by James Canton
†LAVENGRO by George Borrow
*JOURNAL OF MY LIFE DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION by Grace Dalrymple Elliott
†THREE TALES by Gustave Flaubert
*GRACE'S CARD, IRISH CATHOLIC LANDLORDS 1690-1800 by Charles Chenevix Trench
†WILD WALES by George Borrow
*MINE-HAHA by Frank Wedekind
†THE BIG MIRROR by Mohammed Mrabet
†THE VERMILION BIRD: T'ANG IMAGES OF THE SOUTH by Edward H. Schafer
†PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR: AN ADVENTURE by Artemis Cooper
*TALES OF MOONLIGHT AND RAIN [UGETSU MONOGATARI] by Ueda Akinari
2012>
*SIGHTLINES by Kathleen Jamie
†CONNEMARA: LISTENING TO THE WIND by Tim Robinson
*DEAR LUPIN, LETTERS TO A WAYWARD SON by Roger Mortimer
*THE RIVER BOOK, A CELEBRATION OF THE SUIR by Paddy Dwan and Mark Roper
†ARCHIPELAGO, NUMBER 2 (SPRING 2008) edited by Andrew McNeillie
†FROM THE ALLEGHENIES TO THE HEBRIDES by Margaret Fay Shaw
*AMONG MUSLIMS, MEETINGS AT THE FRONTIERS OF PAKISTAN by Kathleen Jamie
†ARCHIPELAGO, NUMBER 6 (WINTER 2011) edited by Andrew McNeillie
*SEARCH FOR THE NEW LAND by Julius Lester
†PASSIONATE JOURNEY: A VISION IN WOODCUTS by Frans Masereel
†THE OLD WAYS, A JOURNEY ON FOOT by Robert Macfarlane
†MAIDEN VOYAGE by Denton Welch
*MIDNIGHT IN PEKING: THE MURDER THAT HAUNTED THE LAST DAYS OF OLD CHINA by Paul French
†BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS: WATERMEN, CRABS AND CHESAPEAKE BAY by William A. Warner
†SILENCE by Shusaku Endo
†NASREDDIN HODJA by Mehmet Ali Birant
*A REBEL ACT: MICHAEL HARTNETT'S FAREWELL TO ENGLISH by Pat Walsh
†A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY by J. L. Carr
*THE HARPOLE REPORT by J. L. Carr
*THE REDEEMER by Jo Nesbo
†WARSZAWA, DESTROYED AND REBUILD by St. K. Jabłoński
†AESOP'S FABLES
*FINDINGS by Kathleen Jamie
†EUROPE IN THE LOOKING-GLASS by Robert Byron
†TEAGUE LAND, OR A MERRY RAMBLE TO THE WILD IRISH by John Dunton

†COLERIDGE: DARKER REFLECTIONS [1804-1834] by Richard Holmes
*BOYHOOD DAYS by Rabindranath Tagore
†COLERIDGE: EARLY VISIONS [1777-1804] by Richard Holmes
2011>
†PALM-OF-THE-HAND STORIES by Yasunari Kawabata

†STONES OF ARAN: LABYRINTH by Tim Robinson
†THE ANNALS OF LU BUWEI
†BATFISHING IN THE RAINFOREST by Randy Wayne White
†THE LAST COLONIAL: CURIOUS ADVENTURES AND STORIES FROM A VANISHING WORLD by Christopher Ondaatje
†EGIL'S SAGA
†ONCE IS ENOUGH by Miles Smeeton
†THE STARS MY DESTINATION [TIGER, TIGER] by Alfred Bester
†ICELAND SAGA by Magnus Magnusson
†MY LIFE IN AVIATION by Claude Dornier
†BERLIN AND THAT by Oliver East
†CHEAP NOVELTIES: THE PLEASURES OF URBAN DECAY...by Ben Katchor
*FOOTNOTES IN GAZA by Joe Sacco
*THE FIXER, A STORY FROM SARAJEVO by Joe Sacco
†ATLANTIS INISHFREE by Jenny James
†SIDELIGHTS ON PEKING LIFE by Robert W. Swallow
†A NATURALIST GOES TO WAR by Philip Gosse
†A JOURNEY ROUND MY SKULL by Frigyes Karinthy
†THE EARLY BYZANTINE HISTORIANS by Warren Threadgold
†ETHIOPIAN STORY by Heliodorus
*THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY by Zachary Mason
†TO MESOPOTAMIA AND KURDISTAN IN DISGUISE by E.B. Soane
†ARMENIA: A YEAR IN ERZEROOM, AND ON THE FRONTIERS OF RUSSIA, TURKEY AND PERSIA by Robert Curzon
†MEMOIRS: LAUGHING AND DANCING OUR WAY TO THE PRECIPICE by Henriette-Lucy, Marquise de la Tour du Pin
2010>
†VISITS TO THE MONASTERIES IN THE LEVANT by Robert Curzon
*ON MURDER CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE FINE ARTS by Thomas De Quincey
†BROKEN SHORE: THE MARIN PENINSULA, A PERSPECTIVE ON HISTORY by Arthur Quinn
†THREE YEARS' WANDERINGS IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCES OF CHINA by Robert Fortune
†ESCAPE WITH ME: AN ORIENTAL SKETCH-BOOK by Osbert Sitwell
†SAKHALIN ISLAND by Anton Chekhov
†WILDWOOD by Roger Deakin
*THE YELLOW BOOK by Derek Mahon
†MOUNT ATHOS: RENEWAL IN PARADISE by Graham Speake
*SIBERIA by Nikolai Maslov
†TROY AND HOMER, TOWARDS A SOLUTION OF AN OLD MYSTERY by Joachim Latacz
†THANK YOU, JEEVES by P.G. Wodehouse
*TWO NOVELS: AFTER & MAKING MISTAKES by Gabriel Josipovici
†IDYLLS by Theocritus
†NAPOLEON: PATH TO POWER, 1769-1799 by Philip Dwyer
†ENLIGHTENING REMARKS ON PAINTING by Shih-T'ao
†THE BEAUTY SUPPLY DISTRICT (JULIUS KNIPL, REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER) by Ben Katchor
†PRAISE by Robert Hass
†TOUCHING by Gabriel Josipovici
†PETER KNOWS WHAT DICK LIKES by Jonathan Meades
†NOTES FROM WALNUT TREE FARM by Roger Deakin
†KHUL-KHAAL: FIVE EGYPTIAN WOMEN TELL THEIR STORIES by Nayra Atiya
†PARTY IN THE BLITZ by Elias Canetti
*HARBOUR LIGHTS by Derek Mahon
†COURT AND FAMILY IN SUNG CHINA 960-1260 by Richard L. Davis
†BORNEO, CELEBES, ARU [extracts from The Malay Archipelago] by Alfred Russel Wallace
*I REMEMBER by Joe Brainard
†JAMES ARCHER OF KILKENNY: AN ELIZABETHAN JESUIT by Thomas Morrissey S.J.
*TALKING WITH THE DEAD: A STUDY IN IRISH FUNERARY TRADITIONS by Nina Witoszek and Pat Sheeran
2009>
†RAIN IN THE WIND by Saiichi Maruya
†JULIUS KNIPL, REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER: STORIES by Ben Katchor
*THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
†BABURNAMA by Babur (Zāhir ud-Dīn Mohammad)
*WHAT'S BECOME OF WARING? by Anthony Powell
*THE DEATH OF GRASS by John Christopher
†VIS AND RAMIN by Fakhraddin Gorgani
*THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT by James Curtis
*A TIME TO KEEP SILENCE by Patrick Leigh Fermor
*THE JUNIOR OFFICERS' READING CLUB: KILLING TIME AND FIGHTING WARS by Patrick Hennessey
†IN PURSUIT OF LIFE by Erik Hazelhoff
†LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA by Kumiko Kakehashi
*THE LAST CIGARETTE by Simon Gray
†SHANE O'NEILL by Ciaran Brady
*OUT OF ASIA: THE FILMS OF AKIRA KURASAWA, SATYAJIT RAY, ABBAS KIRAOSTAMI, AND ZHANG YIMOU; ESSAYS AND INTERVIEWS by Bert Cardullo
†THE EXPLOITS OF THE INCOMPARABLE MULLA NASRUDIN by Idries Shah
*POCKET FULL OF RAIN, AND OTHER STORIES by Jason
†DAVID MCCUTCHION SHRADDHANJALI edited by P. Lal
†GODARD: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AT 70 by Colin MacCabe
†THE YEAR OF THE JOUNCER by Simon Gray
†OUR FILMS THEIR FILMS by Satyajit Ray
*SATYAJIT RAY: THE INNER EYE by Andrew Robinson
†O BRUADAIR: SELECTED POEMS OF DAIBHI O BRUADAIR translated by Michael Hartnett
*THE LAST LEOPARD: A LIFE OF GIUSEPPE TOMASI DI LAMPEDUSA by David Gilmour
†THE GARDEN OF THE EIGHT PARADISES: BABUR AND THE CULTURE OF EMPIRE IN CENTRAL ASIA, AFGHANISTAN AND INDIA, by Stephen F. Dale
*THE UNCOMFORTABLE DEAD by Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos
†THE MUMMIES OF ÜRÜMCHI by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
†GRASS FOR MY PILLOW by Saiichi Maruya
†FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT: PARIS IN THE SIXTIES by Peter Lennon
†IN LIMPID DREAM: NOSTALGIA AND ZHANG DAI'S REMINISCENCES OF THE MING by Philip A. Kafalas
*I NEVER LIKED YOU, A COMIC STRIP NARRATIVE by Chester Brown
2008>
†THE BOOK OF CONTEMPLATION by Osama ibn Munqidh
†THE CITY OF FLORENCE: HISTORICAL VISTAS AND PERSONAL SIGHTINGS by R.W.B. Lewis
*WHAT IS SHE DOING HERE? A REFUGEE'S STORY by Kate Clanchy
†THE LIGHT GARDEN OF THE ANGEL KING, TRAVELS IN AFGHANISTAN WITH BRUCE CHATWIN by Peter Levi
*GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES: THE SECRET LIFE OF A FOOD CRITIC IN DISGUISE by Ruth Reichl
*ZEN IN THE ART OF ARCHERY by Eugen Herrigel
*DAVID BORING by Daniel Clowes
†GRAND CANAL, GREAT RIVER: THE TRAVEL DIARY OF A TWELFTH-CENTURY POET by Lu You (Philip Watson, trans.)
*THE BLOODY WHITE BARON by James Palmer
†THE HUNGARIAN WHO WALKED TO HEAVEN by Edward Fox
*BOY by Kitano Takeshi
†RETURN TO DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Jonathan D. Spence
†THE KING OF KARELIA, COL P.J. WOODS AND THE BRITISH INTERVENTION IN NORTH RUSSIA 1918-1919, A HISTORY AND MEMOIR by Nick Baron [& Philip J. Woods]
†CLANDESTINES by Ramor Ryan
*TRAVELS WITH HERODOTUS by Ryszard Kapuściński
†MIRACLES OF LIFE by J.G. Ballard
*HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
†SAFE AREA GORAZDE: THE WAR IN EASTERN BOSNIA 1992-1995 by Joe Sacco
*BLACK RIVER OF TIBET by John Hanbury-Tracy
*ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE by Ryszard Kapuściński
†THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW by Mark Oliver Everett aka 'e'
†WATERLOG: A SWIMMER’S JOURNEY THROUGH BRITAIN by Roger Deakin
*THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN [VOL.1 & 2] by Alan Moore ...
†BEYOND THE OXUS: THE CENTRAL ASIANS by Monica Whitlock
*PRISONER IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND by Gustav Krist
†I, ROBOT by Isaac Asimov
*LONG WAY GONE, MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER by Ishmeal Beah
†NOVELS IN THREE LINES by Felix Feneon
†THE BUTCHER'S WIFE by Ang Li
†ACTUAL AIR by David Berman
*ECHOES OF VIOLENCE, LETTERS FROM A WAR REPORTER by Carolin Emcke
*FROM “THE MEADOWS OF GOLD” by Al-Masudi
†THE ESSENTIAL RUMI
†HAUNTS OF THE BLACK MASSEUR, THE SWIMMER AS HERO by Charles Sprawson
†PYONGYANG, A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA by Guy Deisle
†CROW COUNTRY: A MEDITATION ON BIRDS, LANDSCAPE AND NATURE by Mark Cocker
†INJURY TIME by D.J. Enright
†THE BOYS OF MY YOUTH by Jo Ann Beard
†A WINTER BOOK by Tove Jansson
†SOMBRERO FALLOUT by Richard Brautigan
†ATLANTIC BRITAIN by Adam Nicolson
†YEMEN by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
†OF CLASSICS AND FARMING by David Grene



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Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Joseph Brodsky, Aldo Buzzi, Robert Byron, Roberto Calasso, Elias Canetti, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Roger Deakin, Anne Fadiman, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Peter Fleming, Peter Handke, Kathleen Jamie, Gabriel Josipovici, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Christopher Logue, Saiichi Maruya, Czesław Miłosz, Flann O'Brien, George Orwell, Tim Robinson (Shared favorites)

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