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Member: cocoafiend

CollectionsYour library (1,782), Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes (83), Anna Kavan (19), Paul Celan (13), Graphic Novels & Comics (80), Journals & Magazines (22), Travel & Adventure (31), Cooking (75), Currently reading (9), To read (71), All collections (1,782)

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Tags21C (795), illustrated books (530), fiction (452), poetry (452), CanLit (365), Canadian poetry (262), experimental (202), visual arts (144), 90s (143), English fiction (112) — see all tags

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About meI love to read, cook, travel, browse bookshops, have tea with friends, swim, cycle, run with my dog, & take photos. I love London, Boston, Calcutta, Havana, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Barcelona, & the Cape Peninsula. I read a lot of non-fiction & poetry, and compared to many LTers, not much fiction. My favourite food is chocolate. But pomegranates are a close second. They squirt!

Desert island book = Philip's Street Atlas London
OR Concordance to Sylvia Plath (which could enable reconstruction of the Complete Poems...)

About my libraryMy LT library contains books that I presently own, and not titles I've borrowed or once owned but have since sold. I rate most books I've read, but generally not those written by friends or colleagues - and also not those I read long ago, or of which I read only some articles or chapters. My ratings are fairly high because I tend to ditch books I didn't enjoy, unless they fill out a collection or somehow contribute to my understanding of a field of interest.

My books fall roughly into these major categories: bibliophilia, poetry, abecedaria, bestiaries, art & design, maps & atlases, fiction, essays, literary criticism, books by friends, london, africa, architecture, speculative architecture, photography, graphic novels, data mapping, trauma theory, holocaust, life writing, travel, children's lit, cookbooks, artists' books, sylvia plath, ted hughes, anna kavan, paul celan.

At the moment, my global reading stands as follows (not just fiction, but poetry, history, politics, art, travelogues... anything):

visited 57 states (25.3%)
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GroupsBooks on Books, Canadian Bookworms, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Comics, Cookbookers, It's a LondonThing, Reading Globally, The Brontësshow all groups

Favorite authorsNicolas Abraham, César Aira, Jane Austen, Christina Britzolakis, Emily Brontë, Anne Carson, Paul Celan, J.M. Coetzee, Robert Coover, Charlotte Delbo, Anne Fadiman, Bessie Head, Susan Holbrook, Susan Howe, Vicente Huidobro, Franz Kafka, Sarah Kane, Anna Kavan, Julia Kristeva, Jimenez Lai, Dennis Lee, Sylvia Legris, Tim Lilburn, Mina Loy, Alberto Manguel, Michael Ondaatje, Henry Petroski, Sylvia Plath, Lisa Robertson, Jacqueline Rose, Karen Russell, Elaine Scarry, Jordan Scott, Mary Shelley, Lauren Slater, Susan B. A. Somers-Willett, Art Spiegelman, Nathalie Stephens, Jacques Tardi, Maria Torok, Sheila Watson, Lawrence Weschler, Janice Williamson (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAnother Dimension Comics, Ballenford Books, Banff Book & Art Den [closed], Blackwell's Art & Poster Shop, Blackwell's Oxford, Bookartbookshop, Books for Cooks, British Library Bookshop, Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop, Cookbook Co., Daunt Books - Marylebone, David Mirvish Books, Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Harvard Book Store, Hatchards, Highgate Bookshop, La Moderna Poesia, Monkeyshines Children's Books, Olivieri Musée, librairie du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Pages Books & Magazines - Toronto, Pages on Kensington, Primrose Hill Books, Prospero's Books, Shelf Life Books, The Beguiling, The QI Bookshop [closed], Type Books - Queen West, UPPERCASE gallery, books & papergoods, Waterstone's Gower Street

Favorite librariesBoston Public Library, British Library, Central Library, Islington, Glenbow Museum, Library & Archives, MacKimmie Library - University of Calgary, Smith College - William Allan Neilson Library & Mortimer Rare Book Room, The National Archives, Vestry House Museum, Library & Archive

Other favoritesPrinters Row Lit Fest

LocationCalgary, Canada

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Member sinceNov 4, 2008

Currently readingConversation with Spinoza: A Cobweb Novel by Goce Smilevski
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The Symmetries of Things by John H. Conway
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I wish I had the dedication to tag my books as splendidly as you and others on here do. But after spending all day with taxonomies at work I find it hard to apply the same discipline in my off hours. I'm more likely to write a review than to exercise my cataloging skills. It's shameful, really.

It's truly a sad day when having several degrees is an impediment to finding a job. But then again de-intellectualization in general has been rampant for some time, so it makes a painful sort of sense. I wish you the best of luck in your search, though. All that "useless book-learning" must inevitably pay off sooner or later!
LT is an interesting place, though I am still ambivalent about crowd-sourced cataloging. I have to fight the urge to fix all the duplicate author entries, for if I tried doing that I'd probably have to quit my day job.

Do you intend to teach? I think in general there is a similar draw to librarianship for literary-minded people. I also considered getting my master's in literature before I started the library program, but one of my English professors basically talked me out of it. I wasn't that interested in teaching, and he told me I'd have better luck staying employed with a library degree. He was probably right about that!

You could always be a map librarian, or specialize in a certain type of literature. That's the nice thing about librarianship. It's essentially possible to pursue any side interest within the field. It's also a great second career (my first one was dishwashing, since that's how far an undergraduate English degree gets you, but there were many in my program who came from legitimate careers in other fields).

But I will stop now, since I'm starting to sound like some crazed librarian recruiter.
I'm a library cataloger by trade, with a particular interest in subject cataloging, so I'm always pleased to encounter such extensive tagging as yours. It really does help a lot while browsing on here, particularly with poetry collections. And, yes, you do have some interesting and amusing tags!

I have not read Aurorarama yet, but I am hoping to soon. I just discovered it recently, so still need to track down a copy. I'll certainly let you know how it goes.
It's always nice to come across another Anna Kavan fan. And a Paul Celan fan, too. Your poetry collection is full of interesting books, and the tags are quite helpful! I'm already finding some good additions to my to-read list.
Yes, the food stuff was great, especially considering how hard it can be to find some of it up here :) Still didn't find some of the more specific cookbooks (specific ingredient cookbooks) but I can order them online :P
Thank you for your advice :) I looked up all the stores you gave me and was able to make it to one of the cookbook stores where I had a blast. Brought home a cookbook and some fancy dried goods :)
Hey, do you know of any good used book stores in Calgary? Travelling there in May :)

A fellow Canadian bookworm from BC.
Wandered into your Bio fairly randomly, only to find myself suddenly nodding and grinning and feeling right at home...! Off to browse your library because of course I have nothing more pressing to do... like finish my own Comp Lit doctorate... gah...

Are you writing yet?

In solidarity,

Elizabeth ('fullmoonblue')

Hello cocoafiend,

I just joined group read, and am starting to read through people's threads. I saw early on in Urania's thread you asked about Tatanya Tolstaya. In January I read The Slynx. (I did a short review of it on my 75 book challenge thread). It's a 1984-like novel set in the dystopian future 200 years after an event known as "the Blast." It was a quick read, and if you like that kind of fiction I'd recommend it. I'm planning to seek out her short stories which sound like they are totally different than the Slynx.
Re: cookbooks without dud recipes. While I'm no fan of the person, I have several Martha Stewart cookbooks and haven't ever had one be less than excellent. Another that gets close to the same rating (no duds, but some were only 'good' rather than incredible :) is Sundays At the Moosewood.

Another nice thing about each. With the exception of the hardback collection of just recipes (which is the best buy for recipes/page), the Stewart books are a visual delight. Sundays is also a fun read in addition to being full of good stuff.

Up next for me after the dreary online recipe I book (which did yield a good soup recipe already), is a collection of pioneer recipes. I'm looking forward to it!
hi cocoafiend,

i read ur post somewhere mentioning a film about Monsanto. i wonder if u have seen a more recent documentary (2008) by Marie-Monique Robin (France), The World According to Monsanto. i got to watch it in a Lisbon film fest just a few months ago. the discussion with the director after was very interesting, she's fearless, the nightmare of such multinational companies. she has just published a book on it which been translated to several languages (although the english translation will take the longest to come out...)

the film can be downloaded for free. interestingly, she says she doesn't mind copyrights and stuff, so long as the message gets to as many people as possible. she has waged war. here is the link, if you're interested...

Hello cocoafiend,

Thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I have started to scan through your shelves and the first thing I noticed was a number of shared books that L-thing doesn't recognize, flawed creature that it is. Your tags are simple and helpful. I hope to get around to updating my library soon, perhaps in the dead of winter... Great library.

cheers, Lynne
Hello My New Friend:

A part of me is jealous of you working on finishing your PhD and another part is not (LOL). I was going to study Faulkner in grad school with Michael Millgate and then more practical considerations prevailed and I am sure it was for the best. You do wonder, occasionally, "what if?" but really I have no regrets.

Poor Folk. I wanted to let you know you do NOT have to acquire it. I did not have it myself and found the full text online. I like the work so much that when I saw it in a bookstore last week, I still decided to NOT acquire it LOL. The link to it is
Hi, Cocoafiend. Thanks for marking my library.

I am glad to see Canadians on LT and I love your profile descriptions.

Nice to meet you!!



Thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries! Quite flattering!!
I also sent you a "friend" request.
See you among the Booknudgers.

Paola :-))
Thx for the tips on cookbooks. I live in Romania, so reading cookbooks will be a challenge since finding them is a challenge :) But it is a passion, which I'm sure you can understand. What's your field?

Thanks for the compliment cocoafiend!

I see we share a great interest in Sylvia Plath and Anna Kavan!
I've read of you in the booknudgers group and though still lurking, it's great fun to read.
My TBR's have grown vicariously because of it!

Barns full of books and chocolate. Sounds like heaven to me!


I envy Alberto too! I just live in book filled rooms, but would love a 'library' per se. Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries.

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