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Member: PatrickMurtha

CollectionsYour library (2,854), Currently reading (38), All collections (2,854)

Reviews43 reviews

TagsOwned (1,499), Fiction (1,016), Ebook (396), Purchase (304), History (245), Crime Fiction (228), English Literature (185), Read (169), American Literature (165), Biography (138) — see all tags

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About meI've always been keenly interested in literature, film, theater, art, music, history, geography, philosophy, and much else besides -- a real "life of the mind" type. Now, at 53, I happily consider myself a "senior scholar," on the model of the title character in Sir Walter Scott's wonderful novel "The Antiquary," and I obsessively organize my intellectual life into scores of projects. As an educator, I have taught almost every subject on the humanities side of the ledger, at the high school and university levels -- literature, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics, political science, art history, film, journalism, and public speaking. I am currently teaching most of those subjects - all except the last three, in fact - in the humanities department of a top-notch, university-based international high school in Mexico. If all goes well, I hope to spend the rest of my career in this beautiful, fascinating country, and to retire here as well. I am a contented gay single guy who always shares my home with companion animals -- I recently adopted two young female cats from the same litter, and named them Frida (Kahlo) and Remedios (Varo) after the great Mexican painters. They are a complete delight. I like baseball and golf as a spectator. Classic menswear -- I almost always wear a suit and tie -- and fine beer round out the list of my key enthusiasms.

About my libraryMy listing here includes books I am interested in (although far from all of them!) as well as books that I own. Books currently in my library have the tag "Owned"; all others should (but don't yet) have the tags "Purchase" or "Purchase Urgent," because, in an ideal Apollonian world, I would live in a library with all the books I have ever read or ever want to read. Obviously, that ideal world doesn't exist, but I can construct a virtual version of it here at LibraryThing.

Eventually I will add all the books I have read to my listing, too -- I have records going back to grade school -- but that will take a while.

I'm not a huge fan of rating systems, but they have some use as a kind of shorthand. That said, my ratings here are intended to compare like books to one another, not to assess every book against some mythical standard of absolute quality. Any rating of four or five stars should be considered a strong recommendation. I think that even my three star books are worthwhile reads, although below that it gets iffy. I tend to be a high rater; I am easy to please, but I also pre-select my reading carefully based on reviews, recommendations, literary history, and so on. I want to spend my time reading good books, not indifferent ones if I can help it.

Groups18th Century British Literature, 18th-19th Century Britain, Abraham Lincoln & Lincolniana, Adventure Classics, Aerial Warfare, African/African American Literature, All Books Africa, All the World's a Stage, All Things New England, Altered Statesshow all groups


LocationCuliacan, Mexico

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Member sinceJun 29, 2008

Currently readingRural Rides (Two Volume Set) (Everyman's Library) by William Cobbett
Children of the Yellow Kid: The Evolution of the American Comic Strip by Robert C. Harvey
Uncollected Sherlock Holmes, the (Sherlock Holmes) by Arthur Conan Doyle
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
The Tichborne Claimant a Victorian Mystery by Douglas Woodruff
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Thank you for finding my 'library' interesting. I note you have records of your reading going basck to grade school, and I do not come across many who have such. My record includes every book read in my life, and they ae all shown on LibraryThing--and nothing shown thereon has not been read.

For some reason The Tichborne Claimant shows three times as a book we share. I read that in 1979 and was rally blown away by it, and I named it as the best book read that year. (I each year, since 1944, have selected a best book read.)

How many languages do you know? Must be several.
I intend to read Canterbury Tales complete one of these days, but not in the original spelling. How are you finding your reading of it in theoriginal spelling?
Came across your collection because I have just added Deliah (an inheritance from an inlaw navy man) and could not resist looking at your log. I will add your page so I can dip back into it if I want too. Interesting...and I was especially interested in your comment on the British election. I watched the first of the opinion after US...they all tended to advocate the same policies, not like the extreme differences in the US. Clegg is interesting..I would think the Brit might just like a change...which he kept harping on.

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