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Fall 2014 Update: Hey, strangers! So, my neurological problems have worsened--and new ones have evanesced!—and still proven largely intractable since I began and regularly updated my catalog. Reading physical books for more than a few minutes (and, often, seemingly anything) can trigger horrible vertigo spells*, so I have minimally, comparatively, invested in them the past two or three years, and eBooks aren't exactly a nostrum in this regard, either, but I endeavor to trudge through when I can (plus, brain fog!). Also, my avoidant personality disorder has, well, ossified since; please don't anticipate my reading (I do the targeted hand-hovering over the screen thing) or answering any comments. I may endeavor to start updating my Librarything again, at least as another outlet for my OCPD. In short: the below bio, my username, and, arguably, this entire account, are essentially relics.
Again, while I do not anticipate my responding to any comments perhaps ever--and while I apologize to and hope the online friends I've established over a decade and whom I've abandoned the past several (or handful of) years--I do still appreciate your solicitude/warm thoughts (just please don't bother expressing them). ♥
I become unmoored without a novel to read. I've been diagnosed with adult ADHD, though, and sometimes finishing a book is a struggle, albeit a worthwhile struggle.
I am interested in, among other things, science and mathematics (though the latter, along with computer science, I've discovered is not my metier); contortion, yoga, and dance (I'm not sure when I will finish my Yoga Alliance certification); literature; words and language (philologastery?--I have been unable to obtain formal training in linguistics, and the Japanese and German books I own I have left untouched for years, by the way); nature; and advocacy for reform movements, understanding privilege, the neuropsychosocial basis for prejudice and tribalism, the intersectionality of oppressions, ethics in general, although my understanding of such certainly isn't as sophisticated as I might like.
A former doctoral student in computer science, I hadn't been able to work or attend school until recently (and only one community college class :/) due to a recalcitrant seizure disorder, along with secondary panic disorder and a major depressive episode. However, I've kept myself as busy as I can (which does vary) in the interim, with reading and studying and the like. I'm now interested in transitioning to biochemistry or medicine, deo (or dea or, my primary inclination, nihil) volente, or, cough, dance. The details are complicated...but my seizure disorder seems to have atypically worsened, I'm afraid.
About my libraryI used to have an obsession with finding the "best" science and mathematics books but no longer do....
Favorite authorsW. H. Auden, Jorge Luis Borges, Emily Brontë, Italo Calvino, Don DeLillo, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, T. S. Eliot, Joseph Heller, Henry James, Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, Tim O'Brien, Salman Rushdie, Carl Sandburg, Laurence Sterne, Leo Tolstoy, Kurt Vonnegut, Walt Whitman, Edward O. Wilson, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)
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Member sinceMar 4, 2009
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