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CollectionsYour library (4,079), Collection VHS (251), DVD Collection (200), author ebook guides (43), history ebooks (33), philosophy ebooks (108), To read (2), Read but unowned (9), Favorites (1), Discarded (195), CD Collection (1), Currently reading (2), All collections (4,901)

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About meAs an admirer of eloquent, scholarly works, I love a well-stocked academic library, especially homebased for privacy and concentration. Ever since college when I sought out wizened, high-browed professors, I focused more on the booktitles dispayed in their metal shelves instead of what they prattled about during a scheduled office session. My serious passion for collecting books occurred while attending the university, as reading became a therapeutic pastime away from domestic distractions.

"Mein Lieb ist ein Schal in dem ein Kuchelein vom Geist der Ewigkeit will ausgebrutet sein." --Goethe?

"Experientia docet"
Experience teaches.

"A man who does not know a foreign language is ignorant of his own." --Goethe

"The limits of my language signify the limits of my world." --Wittgenstein

"Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me." --Bertrand Russell

Most have an insatiable desire to know the answers to these philosophical questions: "Who are we?" "Where did we come from?" What is our future?" These questions are so difficult that people have spun simple answers often to benefit their own position in life. We must be constantly vigilant against the mongers of irrationality, viewing the path not as a conflict between reason and imagination, but rather as an alignment of the two. The balance is tenuous given our own nature.

About my libraryAt the hub of my private hold is a healthy abundance of philosophy books, a subject that I studied to obtain a degree, but one will also discover much English literature, an area which I received my first credential. The library reflects my life of teaching in the subjects I love: history, poetry, essays, humanities etc. It is a scholar's cornucopia of several lifetimes of reading.

Despite online digital resources, I still rely extensively on my private collection as a reference tool. However, I've discarded most journal publications since these are available through institutional databases.

Lately I've been swayed by the quote: "Better to be an expert in a single field rather than to have a smattering of knowledge in all fields." This is not to say that one should ignore learning in other areas. Instead, one needs to recognize personal limitations to remain open to alternative explanations. Also a healthy dose of skepticism is very useful. Today readers should study philosophy books since critical thinking skills obtained from them apply to nearly all branches of inquiry.

Groupsanalytic philosophy, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Cognitive Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Existentialism, German Library Thingers, It's a ZenThing, Philosophy and Theory

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Ray Bradbury, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Gabriel García Márquez, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, Percy Bysshe Shelley (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBook Stop, Changing Hands Bookstore, Powell's - University Village, Tattered Cover Book Store - Colfax Avenue (Denver), Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo

Favorite librariesMcMaster University Library, University of Washington - Suzzallo Library

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Member sinceNov 29, 2011

Currently readingLove in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovsky

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Adelaide had several books that I wanted. Butlers 'Authoress of the Odyssey' and Keynes 'General Theory' foremost. But also, a translation of Nietzsche's 'Beyond Good & Evil' that I have not seen and William James 'Meaning of Truth'. On the poetry front I found Blake's 'Urizen' and Baudelaires 'Flowers of Evil'.
Good finds all, thanks
Hello Don, some more places to find books on the 'net:

UC Press site. They have several hundred books to read, some I think quite good, but nothing downloadable.

Has books related to religion and mysticism downloadable as text files.

They don't have the books; this is a list of what is available elsewhere. Through them I found a link to this gem:

Barry Smith, Austrian Philosophy: The Legacy of Franz Brentano
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Shows how Austrian Philosophy can be considered the real beginning of the analytical tradition. Good stuff.

I hope this note finds you well,

I just added a bakers dozen books from the Library of Liberty thanks to you. I am especially happy with the Hobbes translations of Homer and Thucydides and also Machiavelli's diplomatic letters. Thanks again,
Hey Don, I am doing fine. I hope things are well with you and yours. The Library of Liberty is an excellent resource. Thanks. I just found Homer as translated by Hobbes! Cool. Thanks again,
Hey Don, thanks for the note. I never did look around because I could not successfully log in. But on the subject of free books, I recently discovered that some publishers are beginning to offer free PDF's and Ebooks. I was astounded!
We are all aware of places like:
Google Books,
Internet Archive,
Munseys, and
Opera Ebooks which offer free Ebooks, PDFs and text files.
But I recently discovered that the following publishers also offer some free electronic books:
Purdue University Press Open Access
Open Humanities Press
Are you aware of any other publishers that do this? Is this becoming a trend?
Thanks again,
Hello, Don ~ Even though it was a mass email piece, it is always good to hear from a fellow avid reader and lover of books of your high caliber!

I've finally reached the point where I'm integrated and coordinating ALL of the various sites and pages I have on line . . . making it a single interactive network. My original site and pages at the Authors
Guild in NY ( is where it all branched out from, of course, but the 'Grand Central Station' of my half-dozen other sites is with WordPress, where the heaviest blogging activity is currently being set up and put in place (,,, at -- with active links to three more sites at, as well as a heavy load of ongoing activities and personal pages at sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter and elsewhere. Hard to believe it's been a steady ongoing process since the late Fall of 2005 right on up to today. What was soon a helter-skelter hodge podge is increasingly evolving into a harmonious system that, through constant tweaking, now embraces things like an online learning group of seventy some members from places around the world. (Both Library Thing and Goodreads have their prominent places in it as well, of course.) Initially, my reading took a huge hit from all this cybernetic activity; but now, my reviewing is picking up again and the cross-linking of the many fields of interest steadily gain momentum. You, of course, know from your own experience exactly how this marvel becomes a reality -- one that adds a growing centrifugal force rather than splintering things and pulling one's life apart. With any luck, I'll even get back to leaving messages here again! Hoping this finds you happy and well, and looking forward to increasing our valued contacts once more, -Gene
Hello Don,

Thanks for sending the link to 100 Tips & Tools to Create the Ultimate Home Library. I read though it and enjoyed it; it had some useful information. In return, I'm sending you a link to a website which I enjoy: The Neglected Books Page . The rediscovered books are primarily fiction (actually, they may ALL be fiction) It has led me to some interesting books. I hope you enjoy it.

I have thought, from what I've read, that the North always had the material resources to win the war. The North's weak spot was morale. Lincoln would have been defeated if the 1864 election had been held in August. The autumn victories of Sherman and Sheridan saved him and the Union. As for Gettysburg specifically, I think the Army of the Potomac could have regrouped as it did from defeats before and after that date. I think Grant's victory at Vicksburg might also have kept hope going, but the New York Draft Riots that broke out at about the same time might have been the last straw.
I don't know what I prefer anymore..but I have found Foucault very very influential and convincing as an intellectual backdrop -along with Heidegger and Arendt.Derrida, for me, is so sublime and important that it approaches the ridiculous. Wittgenstein is a profound aside...but such a nutjob that it it sometimes hard to separate his thought from is weakness/strength as a human living on the planet with the rest of us.
Quine..admittedly a genius of the first order...couldn't bear the non-analytical (emphasis on anal) and I am sure never read a word or at least very few words of Derrida so no surprise that he didn't think he was a philosopher - I am not sure Derrida would find that insulting since he was somewhat beyond/beside easy categorization. By the way..thanks for the reminder that I need to review my Quine. Why are you? Cheers M
Thank you for you comment! Yes, indeed, my goal was not merely to get rid of all items in my physical library, but insofar as possible to replace them with their electronic counterparts. Your speculation is correct: every time I sell a book I feel "cleaner" on the inside. Selling my library was part of a general resolution that involved getting rid of most of my belongings (including CDs, DVDs, most articles of clothing, and much more). To understand the motives behind this decision, I refer you to Paul Graham's excellent essay, "Stuff" (
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