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CollectionsAmazon hack (272), Given away (50), LA Verified (74), Audible (2), Kindle Books (120), West Virginia (19), Audiobooks (26), Los Angeles (269), Your library (1,163), Wishlist (4), Read but unowned (25), All collections (1,738)

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About me"In this cultural context, books - whether read or unread - form a kind of second language to which we can turn to talk about ourselves, to communicate with others, and to defend ourselves in conflict. Like language, books serve to express us, but also to complete us, furnishing, through a variety of excerpted and reworked fragments, the missing elements of our personality.
Like words, books, in representing us, also deform what we are. We cannot coincide completely with the image the totality of our reading presents; whether the image makes us look better or worse that we should, behind it, all our particularities vanish. And especially since books are often present within us only as little-known or forgotten fragments, we are often out of phase with the books that are our public face; they are inadequate, in the end, as any other language."
Pierre Bayard, "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read"

GroupsAll the World's a Stage, Animals of the ASPCA, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Frequently Asked Questions, Los Angeles Loves Librarything, MySpace, Political Philosophy, Progressive & Liberal!, Radical Feminismshow all groups

Favorite authorsCecil Adams, Nicholson Baker, Douglas Carter Beane, Aimee Bender, Billy Collins, Patricia Cornwell, CrimethInc., Roald Dahl, Ariel Dorfman, Dave Eggers, Spalding Gray, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Parnell Hall, David Hare, Sparkle Hayter, Nick Hornby, Charlie Huston, Jonathan Kellerman, Lisa Kron, Anne Lamott, Jeff Lindsay, David Mamet, Chuck Palahniuk, Dorothy Parker, Katha Pollitt, Mary Roach, Nora Roberts, Jon Ronson, Arundhati Roy, George Saunders, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, Tom Stoppard, Gore Vidal, Sarah Vowell, David Foster Wallace, Bill Watterson, Bailey White, Stephen White, Cintra Wilson (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBook Soup, Iliad Bookshop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash - West, Samuel French, Skylight Books, The Bookshelf, The Last Bookstore, UCLA BookZone (UCLA Campus, Ackerman Student Union), Vroman's Bookstore

Favorite librariesArts Library (UCLA), Charles E. Young Research Library (UCLA), College Library in the Powell Library Building (UCLA), County of Los Angeles Public Library - West Hollywood Library, Los Angeles Public Library - Central Library, Los Angeles Public Library - Hollywood Regional Branch, Los Angeles Public Library - Westwood Branch, Los Angeles Public Library - Will & Ariel Durant Branch, Marion County Public Library - Fairmont Branch & Bookmobile, Ruth Ann Musick Library (Fairmont State University Main Campus Library), Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library

Other favoritesWest Hollywood Book Fair 2008, 826LA West, Echo Park Time Travel Mart (826LA East), Royce Hall, UCLA, Hammer Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Real nameMatthew Poe

LocationLos Angeles, CA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 21, 2006

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Came across your library. I am always looking for interesting library's for my threads. You may be interested in joining one or more. Choose a book from someone else's library that you would be interested in reading. Password - Choose a word from your book and give clues on what that word is and others guess. Hangman - Guess the letters to make up the title of a book. What does the last two books in common What are you reading now and other questions.

Looking forward to seeing you in one of my threads.

Saw you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reading my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like my novel since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Oh, I'm glad you liked it. I wasn't sure what you had and wanted to get David Sedaris but figured you had all his work. Next thing I could think of NPR was that. I listen to Ira Glass a lot and some of the Lake Wobegon but wasn't really sure what to get you. I'm glad it worked out.
Thanks for the invite!
Thanks for the Secret Santa book - it looks great!

Thanks for the invite for the West Virginians--sorry it took me so long to respond!

Thanks for the invitation. I have been interested to see some others in the group that are familiar with the Four Seasons bookstore in Shepherdstown.
Thanks for the invite.
Thanks, but I had already joined a few months back.
Go Mountaineers!
Hi Matthew -

Thanks for the invite to the West Virginians group. I joined and posted a message on the message board.

Hi Matt,

While you did win a book as part of Early Reviewers, I’m sorry to tell you that we had to take you off the list :-( Random House cannot send it to the mailing address you provided. They won’t send books without having the full names of recipients, which unfortunately they didn’t have in your case.

But hang in there! You should definitely register for Random House’s next batch, which will be here before you know it. Just make sure the “Full Name” field is filled out; it won’t be used for any other purpose aside from mailing.

Thanks for your patience,
hey, thanks for the invite.
m - Thanks for the invite. Are you a WVU alumnus too? - a
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