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CollectionsYour library (580), Currently reading (2), To read (2), Read but unowned (5), All collections (587)

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Tagssongbooks (70), richard powers (64), poetry (62), grateful dead (52), unitarian universalist author (26), hymnals (20), unitarian universalism (20), sierra club (12), annotated texts (9), beatles (7) — see all tags

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About meI'm a librarian in Marin County, California. I was, in a previous librarian incarnation, head of cataloging for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. I'm the author of three books about the Grateful Dead.

My main other interest outside of work and writing is Unitarian Universalism. I am very active in my local congregation, The Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma.

My resume is online.

About my libraryTruly, it is fairly modest--I don't feel like I need to own so many books when I have an entire public library at my fingertips every day. But I do collect certain stuff. Pretty much every edition in every language of every book written by Richard Powers; Sierra Club books, which I think are beautiful; and songbooks. Can't have enough songbooks.

GroupsBuild the Open Shelves Classification, Californians Who LT, Hymnbooks, Librarians who LibraryThing, SF Bay Area Librarythingers, Unitarian Universalist Readers, World Religions

Favorite authorsKage Baker, Nicholson Baker, William Boyd, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Coe, Nick Hornby, Keith Maillard, Larry McMurtry, Richard Powers, Philip Pullman (Shared favorites)


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Real nameDavid Dodd

LocationPetaluma, California

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Member sinceMay 25, 2006

Currently readingShantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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Thank you.

Hi David -- I noticed that that you and I own the only two cataloged copies of H.D. Moe! Anyhow, seeing as you are a Richard Powers fan and I would like to read some of his work (but haven't yet), could you recommend a good place to start? Thanks!! -- Martin
Thanks David - Glad to find other UUs from around the country! We have just recently added a library to our church, and I guess I'm the "unofficial" librarian. We had a spot of good luck recently, though - a librarian joined our church, and it was she who suggested we use LibraryThing.
Can't get enough songbooks. My headbanging stratosynthesizer gently shreds. You have a great library.
Thanks for the welcome to the UU Group -- I'm looking forward to following and taking part in the conversations.

Also, it's good to find another Head of Cataloging (or former one, in your case) on here as well! :)
I need to thank you for Annotated .I saw you as LT author said ,GOT to get that,got that,now I'm a happier person.--E.
you are great
Hey David. You're a Library Thing Featured Author! Congrats.
Thanks David .. . I'll try to be involved.. I'm still learning how to use LT and get around the site. I'm not very good with these social site things :)

We noticed that you were a Jorge Luis Borges fan, and we wanted to let you know that we've just published a brand new translation of his story, "Gradus Ad Parnassum," in our anthology, 'flatmanCROOKED – First Winter.' "Gradus Ad Parnassum" is not currently in print in English, so we're rather excited to publish what is to many Borges fans brand new work. The book also includes debut fiction from National Book Award winner Ha Jin, as well as stories from myriad other established and emerging authors. Check the book out at If you get it through our website, it's significantly cheaper than through Amazon or Barnes & Noble!
Thanks for adding my invite. I see you're a Grateful Dead author. I enjoy their music on the radio. Jerry Garcia used to tour the old bluegrass music circuit in my hometown.

Happy reading and writing,

Ed Lynskey

Thanks for popping by. I would like to say that I've really appreciated your Powers bibliography. I've consulted it a number of times, finding things I've overlooked. It's been very helpful. (and of course I'm vain enough to appreciate seeing me listed there).

Hi David,
Thanks for your note. I'm having fun putting my books up this summer. I'm looking forward to more time to read!
Barbara Cornell
Thanks for the introduction, David,

I'm really looking forward to talking to kindred spirits online. I'm neck-deep in a sermon now. This is my Sunday to speak. I have a Walt Whitman dialog group at 10:00, and then a service at 11:00 for which I'm now working on this sermon. Always a deadline, it seems.

Stay in touch,
David Tripp
Arlington, Texas
Hi David,

Thanks for the welcome. I'm part of a bookstore/book table group in Denver. I'm wondering if there are other groups like ours and how they function within their societies/congregations? Our main mission is to make sure members maintain well-fed heads, but several business concerns are cropping up, too.

Nan Wigington
First Unitarian Denver

I just realized you'd asked about the Chakra subject arrangement and I finally posted a reply in UU Readers. I'm still figuring all this LT stuff out and being church librarian is strictly voluntary so it sometimes falls way down on my "to do" list... I'm really loving LT though. I got a pile of books that have been cluttering up my house for months input so much easier than that clunky Resourcemate software I was using. I get a little obsessive about having full cataloging, but I've been able to find a lot of stuff. Not sure some of the items that didn't get "mass imported" will be so easy, but most of them I'd already found on LC...or was able to modify a similar record. If not I remind myself that my users don't care for much beyond author/title and how to find it! ;-)

Thanks for the welcome!
Hi David - thanks for contacting way back in October and sorry my reply took longer than all the darkstar jams put together - I had drifted away from librarything after my "first 200" and have only just returned to it to enter the rest of my collection (which will probably take another year!). look forward to all the deadthreads, thanks once again.
Thanks for the welcome. I have the same problem, but my solution is to buy more bookshelves.
There is a GD thread somewhere on librarything? Oh, goody :) Many shows, many shows....

I agree about using the library instead of rampant collection. I called a halt about fifteen years ago, only pick up certain things these days.
Thank you for the nice welcome. I don't really have any books about UU, but am a fairly active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills (New Jersey) so thought it would be fun to be in a group with other UU Readers. I love your collection of Grateful Dead books -- I am a longtime fan, myself and will definitely try to get hold of the books you've written. I am gradually building my LibraryThing catalog, concentrating first on my collection of books about the Maya. Nice meeting you!
Just wanted to thank you for the invitation, but it's my husband who's the real Dead fan. This may end up being a great way to get him involved! I am enjoying the discussion though, and I'm sorry I took so long to thank you, starting to get busy at work.
Thanks for the invite to the Jazz & Pop Group, and to the GD thread. (Five shows, myself, from March 1973 to
April? 1990.)
Thanks for your note - it was kind of you to take the trouble.


I`ve been looking at your UU group with interest - can`t remember how I stumbled into it - what exactly is a UU ? I don`t think we have them in the UK and I was intigued.

Hope you don`t mind me asking.


Thanks for the invite to introduce myself David. My husband and I live in a Midwest college town. He and I facilitate the Teen OWL program (which is a really great program). I help out with the book table at our church. Our family attended GA this summer in St. Louis, and it was AWESOME, very nourishing, intense, enlightening. If you go I recommend participating in the small Covenant groups, gives you the chance to connect to individuals in the crowd, which the crowd itself was very welcoming. I've read "A Chosen Faith" and some stuff by Robert Fulghum ("All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten"), have the idea there's some more intensely spiritual readings out there that I'm missing, but...

A very interesting collection of songbooks!

I should warn you that LibraryThing mis-parses Library of Congress records when they say "[from old catalog]", and you get things like this:

A Book by John A. [from old catalog] Smith

You may want to edit these by hand.
Thanks for inviting me to the UU group. I haven't attended our church or any of its functions in months. It's nice to be part of something UU again.
Hello, David! Yes, I've visited the UUP site -- actually have the blog feed on my reader, though I admit I haven't had much time lately to keep up. My toddler isn't thrilled (read: oh, the terror) about being left with others, so I've been kind of waiting on that (well, and my own ridiculous group apprehension) to attend some Sunday.
Thanks for the invite to the UU group!
Hey, David,

Thanks for setting up the UU group. I bounced over here from there to let you know that I'm incredibly jealous that you managed to read the new Richard Powers novel more than two months before the rest of us will get our eager little paws on it!
Thank you, David - I, too, attended UU in Oakland (2000-02), before and after the building renovation, while Rob and Jan were ministers. I miss it!
Just saying thanks on behalf of my father for The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics--I gave it to him for Christmas; he couldn't have been more thrilled if I'd brought him the Holy Grail. I admit I wasn't quite that excited, but I do think it's pretty cool, and quite useful when you've only been into the Dead for a few years and you're in a house that averages about 3 different Dead songs playing from various stereos, radios, computers, cell phones, etc. at any given moment. Thanks from both of us.
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