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About meMy "Favorite libraries" are just those public libraries from which I have ever held a card. Here's a map of them all.

The novel I like best is the late Mr. Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman. I was astonished by how well I liked Dr. Gowers' Mathematics: a Very Short Introduction; math is by no means a strong suit of mine.

Ghost stories are my reading-candy. You can see my ghost-story collection here.

Rudyard Kipling is my guilty pleasure, although I do quote his poem "I keep six honest serving-men" to parents of toddlers; and once I made my Intro to Prehistory pupils do an archæological exegesis of his poem "In the Neolithic Age," which is an astonishing endorsement of cross-cultural tolerance: I mean, it's Kipling, for pete's sake — he of "The White Man's Burden."

About my libraryThis isn't my personal library; this is what I've read since mid-2004. Books that I began but abandoned are not included, except in cases of edited volumes only a few chapters of which I ever intended to read. (If you care, the years in the "date read" field are correct, but the days/months are only correct in that they indicate the order of completion. I don't bother with actual day/month.)

When I can determine it, I enter the publication date of the original work into the Date field.

Rough scale o' stars:

5: Singularly worthwhile
4: Uncommonly worthwhile
3: More or less worthwhile
2: Disappointing, dull, forgettable, &c., &c.
1: Craptacular

I find that the Harry Potter and Tolkien books I've read swamp my "Fun Statistics" and skew the social connections towards über-popular stuff, which makes said statistics and connections kind of uninteresting. So here is a list of books I share with fewer people than the "mean book obscurity" of this list.

• My light reading wish list is here.
• My serious reading wish list is here.
• My picture-book wish list is here.

GroupsAncient & Mystic Society of No Homers, Pedants' corner, The Random Group for Fogies and Curmudgeons of All Ages, The Simpsons

Favorite authorsIsak Dinesen, John Fowles, Stephen Jay Gould, O. Henry, M. R. James, Rudyard Kipling, W. Somerset Maugham, Katherine Anne Porter, Marshall Sahlins, Mark Twain (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesAnne Arundel County (Md.) Public Library - Glen Burnie Regional Library, Annie Halenbake Ross Library (Lock Haven, Pa.), Arlington Central Library (Arlington Public Library), Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Public Library, Central Library (Sheffield, UK), Chula Vista (Ca.) Public Library - Civic Center Branch, Franklin Co. (Tn.) Public Library, Hilo (Hawaii) Public Library, Iowa City (Ia.) Public Library, Long Branch Library - Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD), Marion Public Library, Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, Va.), Mesa County Library - Grand Junction Central Library, National Library of Medicine (U.S.), Norfolk (Va.) Public Library System - Kirn Memorial Library (main branch), Richland County (SC) Public Library - Main Branch, Russell Library (Middletown, CT), Samuel W. Smith Memorial Library (McKean Co., Pa.), San Diego County Library - Imperial Beach Branch, Silver Spring Library - Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD), Thomas Jefferson Library (Fairfax Co., Va.), Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (Fairfax Co., Va.)

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ps. I have a .txt file of the passage (and book) if you are really interested, but I don't think you need it.
I apologize for taking so long to verify the source of my Sumerian 'hurakan' comment. We got home to a shut off internet service which took a few days to remedy then busy with school. Anyhoo...

From Donnelly's "Atlantis: The Antediluvian World", pp. 86-87 of the revised edition that I've seen in every used book store that I can recall (or a few pages in to chapter 9). Basically, it does NOT say the Sumerians used the word 'hurakan', only comparing Chaldean tales of destruction to the Popol Vuh of Central America, then diverging to the use of the word in similar forms throughout Europe, including some shaky derivations into Scandanavian languages.

Sometimes you remember things differently than they are and I apologize for any confusion.
:) Thanks. I don't know when I did it, but not recently!
So sorry - I've only just seen this - don't tend to go to my profile page...
As far as I can remember it has extracts from Shakespear that mention birds, along with some pretty drawings of said birds.
Sorry to be slow getting back to you - I've been looking for my copy of the "Shakespeare's Birds" but still haven't found it. The book was given to me several years ago when I lived in London and, frankly, I put it aside without every spending any time with it. If I finally stumble upon it (I'm almost certain I still own it), I will get back to you.

Very sorry not to be able to offer immediate help,

You are brilliant.

Cordial greetings, drbubbles!

In case you're still reading the What's the point of God thread, please know that Tim suspended my account and barred me from replying to his last post in What's the point of God thread. Here's what I meant to post after 115:

"I was just trying to find out how petty vindictiveness feels. I don't know, doesn't do anything for me. Sure floats YOUR boat, eh?"

It will keep till Monday for most, but there are a few people who will enjoy the ironies NOW.

>(Or trilobites. I take it as a personal affront that trilobites are extinct.)

You too, huh? 'Trilobites' are another of my personal 'things'...
- heck, I've actually BEEN to the Walcott-Rust trilobite quarry, up the Trenton Gorge...

E.g.: Trilobites of New York State.
You're doing some fine work there in the "Anti-Dawkinism" {sic} thread.
Wherefore art thou, drbubbles? The mystic society turns its lonely eyes to you. (woo hoo hoo)
Thank you for taking up the torch in what I expect is an entirely futile exercise.
Hey Bubs,

There's been a recent mini-outbreak of haiku on the topic of "Waiting for Collections" -- I thought, since you contributed a haiku in the past, you might want to join in the fun... Check out this thread and, of course, the LibraryThing Haikus page.

For those who'd seen my previous profile picture, the reason for the change is that the current one is the source of my user name.
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