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About meMy interests are in mathematics (algebraic combinatorics, categorical logic, and a lot else) and physics (quantum theory, geometric quantization), as well as history (British, early Christian/pagan, history of science), technical works in sustainability, and a taste in fiction that I find difficult to describe. I have too many books. I have too few books.

About my libraryMany technical works. Authors whose works are represented multiply include Richard Powers (an all-time favorite), Jacques Barzun, P.G. Wodehouse, Stanislaw Lem, Tom Stoppard, and George Meredith. I would include also Thurber, O. Henry, Shakespeare, and G.B. Shaw, and several poets, but they appear in my library as collected works.


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Currently readingThe Four Adventures of Richard Hannay: The Thirty-Nine Steps/Greenmantle/Mr. Standfast/the Three Hostages by John Buchan

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Hi Glenn,

Congratulations! You were one of the winners of my novel, Rock Star's Rainbow. Please let me know your ebook preference--either Kindle, Kobo, or iBooks, and the email you wish it "gifted" to. Thanks and enjoy.


Kevin Glavin

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hi glenn,

thanks for your note. again, i just noticed it. these days, i generally just read what i feel like, but i have some specific goals as well, generally related to math, c.s, and history. but there's so much to read. i'm generally in the middle of several books at once. right now, those include "the great escape" by kati marton, "the rest is noise" by alex ross, and believe it or not, i'm reviewing an old (and easy) book by hartshorne on projective geometry, which i think is now out of print (although available used on amazon). there are a few very nice popular math books that have come out recently that i want to work through also, including "indra's pearls's" by mumford (who once taught me an undergrad course on non-euclidean geometries), "dr. euler's fabulous formula" by paul nahin, and "fearless symmetry" by ash & gross. how about you?

hi appleby,

thanks for your note. i haven't been checking LT much lately, so my apologies for my delayed reply. where do you teach? what is "algebraic combinatorics" vs. just plain old "combinatorics"?

Thanks for the recommendation. New York Trilogy was the first Auster that I read, and I really enjoyed it, but I found that later books suffered from the law of diminishing returns.

I agree that recommendations can be a minefield. Here are three which are (in their different ways) have a beautiful style. (Not the only criteria for a good book of course!)

In return for your American suggestion, how about a very British writer in return? Iain Sinclair writes about London life in a wonderfully rich style, perhaps one might compare him with Pynchon. The first book of his that I read is Radon Daughters, which I see did make it across the pond. Some people prefer Downriver - but probably his most popular book was London Orbital, a work of non-fiction, which is based on a circumnagivation of the M25 motorway that encircles London. All of them are full of striking language and imagery.

Similarly stylish, but in a very different manner, is Schooling by Heather McGowan. Set in a British girls' boarding school (but written by an American) the writing is superb.

To finish off, Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro. All of his books are written in a particular tone (which varies from book to book), but here is probably the most successful combination of style and story.
It's called the Festival of Jewish Theater & Ideas
I'm busy with "This is Your Brain on Music" Next will be Gaimon's new book ("Gravesend"?)

But I am trying to find time to read with my writing/theater projects: a festival in May, a sequel to Improbable Story, and a new translation of Iphigenia in Aulis, among some other stuff.
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