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About my libraryReading log beginning May 07, reviews for each title beginning late 2008. Includes wishlist and near-complete catalogue of my library.

Majority of titles listed as of October 2011. Of these:

Works of non-fiction (NOF): predominantly related to myth, social theory, and philosophy; keep regardless of how persuasive I find them.

Verse, essays, and graphical arts (grafik) : identified by tags.

Works of fiction (FIC): keep if unread, in German (auf deutsch) or worth revisiting; elsewise donate.

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Banned Books, BannedBooksLibrary, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Beautiful Game, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Bug Collectors, Chicagoans, Classical Musicshow all groups

Favorite authorsGregory Bateson, William S. Burroughs, James Branch Cabell, T. S. Eliot (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBookman's Corner, Bookworks, Quimby's Bookstore, Ravenswood Used Books, Shake, Rattle, & Read Book Box, The Book Cellar, The Gallery Bookstore, Transitions Bookplace, Unabridged Bookstore

Favorite librariesAnthroposophical Society - Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, Chicago Public Library - Sulzer Regional Library

Other favoritesthe Grind Cafe

Favorite publishersFeral House, Glossabooks Verlag, Golden Elixir Press, Katercom Verlag, Lake Claremont Press, Litwin Books, McGill-Queen's University Press, MMIP, Mute Books, NYRB Classics, Orbit Books, Osprey Publishing, Otago University Press, Pook Press, Scapegoat Publishing, Shire Publications, Syracuse University Press, Tallinn University Press, University of Calgary Press, University of Illinois Press, Wooden Nail Press, Zone Books

Favorite listsBest Books Set in Eastern Europe, Best Essay Collections, Best Neglected Fantasy Books 1900-1955, Children's Books About Science and Math, Folio Society, Great Books About Language, novels in or about bookshops (or libraries), Philosophical Fiction

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Currently readingSteps to an ecology of mind; collected essays in anthropology, psychiatry, evolution, and epistemology by Gregory Bateson
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Inverting the pyramid : a history of football tactics by Jonathan Wilson
The American clipper ship, 1845-1920 : a comprehensive history, with a listing of builders and their ships by Glenn A. Knoblock
Miklós Radnóti : the complete poetry in Hungarian and English by Miklós Radnóti
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Thanks! Always nice to have an excuse to buy more books :)
Well I'm glad to have made your list. :)

When I mentioned your message to my daughter, she said "Hey, wait! You joined LibraryThing on my birthday?"
I guess I did.

She would have been ten at the time. Now she's eighteen, and has her own LibraryThing account.
"Happy 8-Year Thingaversary: huzzah!"


Looks like you do this for everyone. Are there a lot of other 8-year Thingians out there?
Thanks! I'd spotted it coming up a week or two back ... and then promptly forgot all about it.
Thank you for the Thingaversary cheer!
Thanks for your kind words on my Uncharted review. We do seem to have an eclectically overlapping set of books. And the same teapot!
Ha...thanks for the Thingaversary greeting. I haven't been visiting as frequently lately, and just saw it today. Glad to see the Rabble still discussing Cabell.
thank you!
I don't know why I still had you on Private Watch List instedda Innarestin Liberry, so I 'upgraded' you. Seemed an obvious thing to do....
Thanks! I had missed my Thingaversary otherwise.
Thank you.

interesting. thanks!
Thank you for noticing my Thingaversary. Sometimes it is hard to believe I've been here for years! But then Time flies when you have fun:)
Life gets that way. I don't have the Hermes either, but some people were discussing it on an email list and seemed to think it was good. Need to get back to the next Gwernin book soon, but I keep finding so many distractions!
Thanks (for Interesting Library addition); new here, returning the favor...
Fixed "The Basilisk" - thanks for catching that!
Hey--been very busy writing the new book, and that's been keeping me away from forums and such. I'll check out the "Beast in the Jungle" discussion and add what I can.
I had never seen the Folly section before :-). Seem like I should spend a bit more time exploring the nooks and crannies around here!
...indeed! :-) Thank you, and a glass of wine with you, sir! (or ma'am?)
Hi elenchus.

Thanks again for your comment.

I read Holy Wind in Navajo Philosophy shortly after I moved to Arizona, and it was for me, as for you, an extremely important work.

While I found The Main Stalk a few years ago while up in Flagstaff, I have not yet read it. You have added it to my upcoming reading list.

And I was just able to download an ebook copy of Wisdom Sits in Places from my university library, so will be diving in to that soon.

Thanks you!

I would definitely suggest jumping in to Krishnamurti, picking any book at random. I've been lost in his writings for 20 years now, and always find myself renewed (or shaken to the core) every time I return to him.

In my experience, mulling over a detail usually opens up the entire book (and often doesn't even stop there, but just keeps on going, rippling outwards!); it's effortless, feels natural, is almost unstoppable. I'm hoping discussion of book excerpts might produce much the same thing.
Hi elenchus.

Thanks for your reply.

We have quite a few interesting books in common.

I almost always have Julian Jaynes in mind when I read just about anything on self-reflective consciousness.

Antonio Damasio seems to hint at Jaynes, though never really intersects with him.

I find the closest connections, oddly enough, with Krishnamurti.

For Jaynes, self-reflection is based on language, and provides the key to the modern sense of self. Using Old Testament examples, he compare Amos, who spoke of the commanding voices within him, with Solomon (Koholet) in Ecclesiastes, who spoke of his self doubt.

I link this with Karen Armstrong's "The Great Transformation" in which she describes the dramatic change in human thought dating to 2000 - 2500 years ago, with Buddha, Confucius, and Jeremiah (among others) where the self-reflective mind becomes central.

Krishnamurti, on the other hand, sees this as a separation from direct contact with "what is", where language now divides us from the world as it is.

For K, language and self-reflective consciousness is a barrier to understanding. For Jaynes, Armstrong, Damasio, and just about every other writer for the past two millennia, that same self-reflective thought is what makes us human.

A great debate!

I also couldn't help but notice your recently added book: Fall of the Faculty. If you have an academic appointment, this book is a guide to the New Reality that we must try to survive in.

And for your comment on The Main Stalk, allow me to recommend a book by James McNeley, Holy Wind in Navajo Philosophy.

All my best!

Hi elenchus.
I just finished reading Antonio Damasio's Descartes' Error, and found your review of the book which included your reference to Julian Jaynes.
As Jaynes kept coming to me throughout my reading of Damasio, I was wondering if you ever came across any reference connecting the two?
Thanks for making the connection!
Thank you, @elenchus!
Mine, as far as I remember. Though after nearly fifty years of reading, watching and debating science fiction in one form or another, I really could not put my hand on my heart and say that that coinage was all my own work!
Jeez, seven years already? I don't even want to think about how many books I've bough in the last seven years.
Thank you.
Thank you for reading and commenting. I'd like to try another of his works some day. One of the things I will look for is whether I end up in another meta conversation with him.
Thanks! On the one hand, I can't believe it's been four years already, but on the other hand, it seems like I've been here forever!

Nice of you to notice . . .

Thanks! What a jolly good idea!
Thank you! I plan on book shopping tomorrow or the next day.
I appreciate the good wishes. Mary Lou
Thank you!
Thank you for that - I try my best!

You might find it interesting to have a look at my website - link on my profile page.
I see you grabbed a copy of the Pendell. Enjoy the ride. It's a genre-defying, beautiful book.
I should that there are also lots of bookstores. And I can't always walk past.
Vienna has a good library system, but the number of books in English that interest me is limited. So I either read library books in German, or spend even more on Book Depository. is most of what I have read in German this year.
It's a lot easier to write English than German, but I do read German easily. Not as fast as English, but still ...
Thank you for the "interesting library" status. I hope you are not disappointed with the reviews. Having read some of your comments and reviews I can state without fear of contradiction that you are much more aware and knowledgeable of matters philosophical.

I see that you have several Iain Banks novels. It is seldom I find a US based reader with so many Banks books. I hope you enjoyed his work. The fact that you have so many of his books is reason enough for me to be interested in your library.

You asked how I did a spoiler in my review of Take One Young Man. I used the spoiler tags I saw that you can use on GoodRead. I wasn't sure they would work here, but I thought I would try them out.

and they w.

In case it actually does a spoiler in my message it's {spoiler} to {/spoiler} but with pointy brackets rather than squiggly brackets.
Yeah, sorry about that Winthrop-Young mess--I sometimes include conference talks on my LibraryThing, under the principle that they're written papers and generally end up in print somewhere. In this case I just blurted up my notes in mostly incoherent form. But certainly, Winthrop-Young (who is brilliant) and others have written much criticism on Sloterdijk, who I've only just discovered myself. I understand he's been well known in Germany since Kritik der zynischen Vernunft in the eighties, and there was some kind of controversy where he debated Habermas on humanism and eugenics and said some things that the German media took to be Hitlery (using words like Selektion). And certainly there is a bit of a weird conservatism running through this book, although I don't get the impression those accusations were fair. But it's a brilliant and surprising book and he says compelling and provocative things in clear strong prose without dropping into the troll territory that, say, Žižek sometimes does.
I noticed you just added some Michael Taussig to your library. I've read a little of his work (in translation) and thought it was terrific; I'm keen to get to more at some point.
Hey, thanks, pal! I dropped said reference with minor trepidation, since I don't want to be construed as ignorantly stating on the basis of zero knowledge that there's no such thing as black–white tension in SA anymore, but what can I say, I guess I'm as susceptible to "rainbow nation" marketing as the next guy. Thanks for the kind words!
Thanks! Doesn't time fly. I'd have never guessed it was 7 years. The only website I've ever been consistently visiting for that long I suspect.

I didn't even know about Thingaversery! Thanks!
You were already on my interesting libraries so very cool. :)
well, i'm glad one of us is paying attentiona
Hey thanks for that. I'm glad you find the reviews helpful. Mostly they're for me, but I value the LT community a lot so I try to contribute to make it even better.
October sounds fine. No rush.
Ha! Yes, I can! Thanks for the Thingaversary wishes.

Thanks for the comment. Thruston simply because Thurston was taken (although it's also in homage to Spike Malligna the well-known spelling mistake. See [Puckoon] (I think!).
Happy Thingaversary!
No worries, I just ordered a kindle version.
I'm reading the Britten book now and enjoying it, though I wish they had included the photos.

And I see you have The Nazi Seance which I never received and have been trying desperately to get (wrote the publisher twice and not even a response!) See my ER thread...would you be interested in trading? If not I'm just going to give up and get the Kindle version...if there is a Kindle version!

Anyway, hope you enjoy the Britten.

Also, I love your photo! Teavana?
Hello! Thank you for adding me to your 'Interesting Libraries.' Your collection is quite intriguing as well, so I did the same. I looked at what LT thinks I should "borrow" from you, and once again got that overwhelming feeling that there are so, so many books I still need to read. And those sorts of booklists are the best ones.
Why thank you!
I don't write more reviews (or more of a lot of things) because I am deeply indolent when it comes to gathering my thoughts. But in your honor, I will write something about the book I just finished reading today.

Thanks for the note always interesting to hear what people like in one's library. The reviews mostly to my blog . Unfortunately I haven't been as active on that as I should be. Hoping to get back into that soon. i have a sister account on here 800lfbooks which you may be interested in as well. Completely devoted to military history and I'm posting reviews. Also sifting through the new releases every week for whatever strikes my fancy is interesting.
Thanks for the note.

I'm slowly cataloging the library. I have a whole lot more science fiction than Roman history and a lot of unread stuff in both categories.

Just so you know, I'm not a reviewing machine since joining LT. You'll notice a lot of my reviews start something like "My reactions upon reading this book .... " Since about 1987, I've made notes for myself on most books I've read after finishing them and those "reviews" are based on those notes. They were never intended to serve as proper reviews. However, I edit the notes and post what I think may be of use.
Thanks for the note! I've just arrived here (from Goodreads), so I'm still getting used to things. Since your profile above mentions banned books, you might be interested in my recent biography of Dr. Charles Knowlton, who was jailed for writing America's first birth control book. It's called An Infidel Body-Snatcher and the Fruits of His Philosophy. --Dan
Thanks so much! There's no RSS option, as of yet anyway. I barely know what that is but I ask the webmaster (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!) and I'll let you know if/when. In the mean time we';; just post them
Thanks again...
Thanks, Elenchus!
Hi Elenchus - thanks for your comment regarding my review of the Cary Grant bio :) It's a shame that Cary never wrote an autobiography (well, not a complete one anyway). I have Dark Angel, by Geoffrey Wansell which looks quite good, but I've only flicked through it so far. Graham McCann wrote a book called Cary Grant: A Class Apart, which seems to get fair to good reviews, but I haven't read it personally. Also, Cary Grant's daughter Jennifer Grant wrote a book called Good stuff: A Reminicense of My Father. Now this has received mixed reviews, because I believe (but again I've not read it myself) that it concentrates more on Jennifer than her father. Dyan Cannon wrote a book about the time she spent with him, but that has been very poorly received. Someone recommended a book called Evenings with Cary Grant, by Nancy Nelson, and although there are only two brief reviews of that book on Amazon, both are extremely favourable. I hope to read that someday, and will certainly post a review if and when I do. If you do find a good bio of him, I'd love to hear about it. Happy reading :)
Still interesting! I do that occasionally - follow my nose from a review. I can't promise to be fascinating, but I have certainly found some fascinating people and books that way.
Thank you for finding my library interesting - that's almost like finding me interesting! How, I wonder, did you find me in the first place? I don't see anybody I know among your friends (except Mary McCormick) or your interesting libraries. I also see that I have read only 40-some of our 137 books in common. Interesting! Well met!
I'm afraid the review of the Guide was posted somewhat prematurely. It still needs lots of editing, plus one or two short additions. Am glad you've enjoyed it. I've had quite a bit of fun writing it.

As for Deryck's book, I can't recommend it highly enough to anybody who loves music - and that from me, a notoriously reluctant source of recommendations. But this is a truly extraordinary book. I did try to write a review of it (and it's still somewhere on Goodreads and Amazon), but it turned out so terrible that I decided extensive excerpts would be a much better idea.
Ha! I'm not that fast. I'm transferring my catalogued library from Goodreads to here, and I brought over some of the reviews, too. I just finished Ulysses, and that took me like a month. But thank you!
Thanks for your interest in my library and my reviews. It is always nice to make contact with like minded people. I see you have just added Tarot Symbolism to your library. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Those online editions of The Warrior's Apprentice and Mountains of Mourning are free btw, if that wasn't clear. So you can try reading them as a test to see if The Vorkosigan Saga is your cuppa before spending that 20 dollars. But yeah, if you then do want to read more of the series... Hope you'll enjoy!
Hiya. You were asking where to start with the Vorkosigan Saga by Bujold. She has several omnibus books, each of which incorporate various novels and shorts in the series. However, assuming you can still find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, I'd look for the hardcover of Cryoburn--just make sure it's the edition that includes the CDROM. The entire reason I'm reviewing so many of the books right now is I'm making my way through the CDROM. It includes everything in the series to date except for a short story set centuries before the main timeline and one novel of the 14, Memory. It's excluded I think because Memory wasn't part of any of the omnibus editions. I think that's the best possible bargain if you can do that. Almost the entire series for the price of one hardcover book.

If not, well, Cordelia's Honor is the first omnibus book and it includes Shards of Honor and Barrayar (which won a Hugo I think.) This focuses on Miles' parents--and they're entertaining books worth a read if you like romantically tinged space opera. I just don't think they're as good as the series would later get--these are among Bujold's first works of published fiction. The other good entrance point would be Young Miles, which includes the first novel with Miles, The Warrior's Apprentice, which I think makes a great introduction. And that book can be found on the Baen Free Library here:;
Glad you liked that review. The Narby was recommended to me some years back by a mentor, and I feel a little delinquent in just now getting to it, especially as it looks like a pretty quick read.
My meager experience of Sun Ra tracks with yours, it seems. I don't have any expertise to offer, just interest.
The Grosset and Dunlap reprints (and some of the Boni and Mod Lib reprints) show misleading copyright dates. First printing of G&D Jurgen was 1931 but copyright page says "Copyright 1927 / 20th printing" because that's the (final) Kalki printing which was used as copy for the G&D. Second printing of the G&D Jurgen (unsure of exact date) gives no copyright info. The G&D Figures say "7th printing, 1926" on its copyright page because that's the (last) Kali printing, which was used as copy in that case.

All the McBride Kalki editions (except for one blue variant binding of the fifth printing of High Place) are small quartos in the brick-brown textured cloth. The G&D's are taller with a green cloth cover (which is what you show). I looked at the cover images avail on LT for Jurgen and Figures; if the copyright dates are correct in Yr Liberry then the images you want are the dull brown ones with the rather indistinct gold circle in the lower right. Or if your copies are actually green as pictured in yr catalogue then you want the publication info to say G&D, not McBride.

Another misleading reprint date can be found in the many many copies of the Boni/Mod.Lib. edition of Beyond Life. They all say '1919' on the copyright page and most book dealers list them that way. But 1919 was just the Orig Pub Date of BL and the Modern Library eds were printed at various times beginning in 1923.
Pathways to Unknown Worlds sounds excellent. I hope you'll review it when you're through.
"Thien Tao" was originally printed in Konx Om Pax (1907), which contains a variety of other material from the hilarious to the profound. But you can find an adequate version of the text here.

I had noticed your (iterative) review of Mind and Nature, and I can relate to your remarks about it. As a sequel, I've picked up Koestler's The Ghost in the Machine to re-read; it covers a lot of similar ground in a very different style.
thanks man!
Thanks! I saw it at the snaggable gallery ( & couldn't resist using it. :)
Hello! Thanks for your reply. Yes it was the graphic novels and also I saw that you are from Chicago and I am also, so I wanted to connect with people that live nearby and may know about book shops or sales that I might like to visit. I came upon your page when I was looking at someone else's page that had similar books to yours. Then I started to read your reviews and sent a "friend" request. Well, there you go! Thanks again.
Greetings Elenchus,

Found your review of "Anathem" interesting. I've had it on my read next shelf for some time but have passed on it so far. I don't see Hermann Hesse listed in your author cloud, but think you might enjoy his "Magister Ludi" (usually referred to in English as "The Glass Bead Game") as it covers some of the same territory you describe in your look at Stephenson.

Thanks elenchus, I'm glad you like my reviews. I have just finished copying them across from Live Journal, so unfortunately there'll be fewer reviews from me from now on.

Haven't been here in awhile and just saw your comment. thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your interesting libraries! Unfortunately, while there's still interest, the project seems to be more or less on hiatus. As far as I know, there was never a CK field created. If you have any questions about BannedBooksLibrary, I'd be more than happy to try to answer them. Cheers, and Happy Reading!
Have to admit that the first line of the review was *shock-jock*, but the rest is sincere. I had never read the book because of some built-in sixth sense that I wouldn't like it. My faith in that sixth sense has been reinforced.
No, that's fine. It's very focused.

Thanks! I'm very excited to be part of LibraryThing.

Well, I really love Cat Stevens' original , but I like to check out covers of it as well - to experience different interpretations/sound settings/etc - and I'm familiar with the version Gregorian: Masters of chant made of it (which is VERY different from CS'), but not the one you mentioned. I will google that one! :)

All the best!

/Lady D.
Thanks for the note. I read SF devotedly for years and then, as sometimes happens, my reading just began to take a different turn. Your own library is fascinating. Such fun to browse through other people's "shelves."
Thanks for adding my library. I've noticed you in a few quite varying threads - the Chapel, the World Cup and you also appear to be a Patrick O'Brian reader. Moreover, the fact that the few books we share include Jung, Kafka & Walter Benjamin puts you in the higher ranks of culture in my eyes.

Have you come across Walter Benjamin's 'The Arcades Project'? If not, and you are a fan of Benjamin, then I highly recommend it.

Thanks for the James Branch Cabell recommendation. He definitely sounds like he'd be right up my alley. I've already added a few of his books to my Amazon cart!
LOL, didn't even realize that.
Thank you for your note. I'm excited about some of the features of LT, and the new connections I'm making through this site. You have some very intriguing titles in your library.
Why, thank you! I always try to use my powers of snark for the greater good--in this case, helping anyone avoid this novel was definitely in humanity's best interest.
I might be thinking about The Time Travellers Wife

Thanks for the ideas. If you like thrillers, I forgot Val McDermid - a famous Manchester writer you may have come across. As a lesbian, she writes about the thriving gay scene Manchester is famous for, as well as drugs, guns etc.

Nelson Algren's City on the Make looks really interesting and I've added this to my wish list. I'd certainly not come across this before.

James Ellroy is fairly easily available and I'll try and swap this on Read it Swap it. I don't mind thrillers so long as they are not too full of blood and messy murders! Just finished The Rapture - a gripping, fast moving thriller.

The Sherwood Anderson sounds fantastic from the various reviews I have just read. I don't normally like short stories - they can be unsatisfying, but I've added it to my wish list. It looks like a good one to recommend to our book group when it is my turn to suggest our next book.

I'm sure I have read some novels set in Chicago, but at the moment I can't think which ones. It may come back to me. Although lots of US books do make it here, there are plenty that we don't get to hear about, so it is good to get some new recommendations.

Good wishes
I'm sure the US is the same as the UK, in that there are lots of different realities. Some British novels don't portray an England or Great Britain that I recognise at all; we certainly have a north-south divide, but also class differences are strong and novels about wealthy people bear little resemblance to the life I live here in the poorer end of Manchester.
If you ever get chance to read Joolz Denby or Marina Lewycka, Lynsey Hanley's Estates, Rachel Seiffert's Afterwards or Catherinie O'Flynn's, What was Lost - these are all novels that do to varying degrees show the country and people I know. For A Manchester novel - Love on the Dole is a classic, of course.
Are there are novels set in your neck of the woods that you like?
Note to self: add the mayo to the tuna can.
I do read lots of books from the US - particular favourites are John Irving, Anne Tyler - and I've just read The Used World, Haven Kimmel, which was a joy. I think in the UK we all think we understand US culture; we watch Friends and the Simpsons etc. However, to me it is a very foreign world and I enjoy reading about different and exotic places. The advantage of books from the US is that they haven't been translated; I make an effort to read books from different countries and the translations are usually very good, but occasionally something odd will make you wonder what the author was really trying to say. I get most frustrated when US authors use terms I don't understand; this was particularly noticeable in Secret Histories and On Beauty; all those names you have for different years in school and university (sorry college) - sophomore, freshers etc - what is wrong with 1st year and 2nd year! And don't even get me started on the spelling issue. Perhaps novels from the US should be translated too.
I don't keep a wish list on Library Thing - its a thought though. I do have a wish list on Read it Swap it, which is where I get most of my books from (and you get an email alert when a wish list book has been added, so you can ask to swap immediately) and I also have an Amazon one of more obscure novels that are not going to turn up on Read it Swap it, for presents. I've been busy adding all the books I have read since 1992 on to LT, maybe the wish list will be next.
Good wishes
I was just looking at your recent activity and noticed the subtitle of _In parenthesis_ - a quote from Aneirin's _Y Gododdin_! Out of curiosity I followed the links to amazon, but the subtitle doesn't seem to occur on or in their edition. Edition-specific? Interesting, anyway. I see the author used other parts of Aneirin's (Neirin's) phrasing, too.
Good to hear from another Magnus Mills reader. I wonder if his books are difficult for US readers; some of them are very British/English - The Restraint of Beasts and All Quiet on the Orient Express - for example. Whereas, Three to see the King is possibly more universal. I like his concise style and his humour and I find some others much too verbose for my liking. Jim Crace is another author who says a lot in fewer words, has a lovely turn of phrase, an eye for a good tale and a touch of humour. Have you come across him?
The Shadow of the Wind is a good story, hope you enjoy it. We were in Spain over the winter - a fantastic country.

Good wishes
Orange you glad I didn't say banana.
Quote on CK: thanks, I'll take a look. But since I found a cheap copy on Amazon marketplace yesterday, I went ahead and ordered it.

You'll find more poetry in the second and third books, btw. One of my challenges and pleasures in the stories has been to write poetry for some of the bards to perform, in the style of the early Welsh Bards (insofar as it can be approximated in English).
Hi elenchus,

I did mean in the thread, but here is good too! I'll send out the private codes to everyone in a bit -- you'll get one for sure!

Yeah -- it's definitely a Miles reference. I have another account -- ASilentWayIn -- where I've begun logging my audio recordings (starting with Miles). Although I have thousands of CDs, it's been a low priority until I finish with my books!! But every once in a while...

So, are you a big Miles fan?
Thanks for the reference to the Waterboys in your Winter's Tale review. I've long enjoyed their album Dream Harder, and I really liked the Mike Scott tune "A Wild Holy Band" on the 2009 Believer magazine music sampler. I'll be keeping an eye out for This Is the Sea.
Thanks for adding my book! Please let me know what you think after you get a chance to read it! I'd love to hear what you think.

M. Clifford
re Cabell and TR -- I suspect the other bigwigs were indeed based on real people but I'm not familiar enough with the military, financial and social elite of c1905 to be able to guess who they are. Carnegie? Peary? I doubt they were there to meet Cabell; I suspect Cabell was invited to a dinner that was already happening. It seems likely that the book TR liked was Chivalry, Gallantry or Line of Love, as he left office in 1909, and I can't imagine him admiring the Virginia social novels written by then (though I am currently quite enjoying The Cords of Vanity --the narrator is such a cad! but it's well-written).

I only knew about the TR meeting from reading Edgar MacDonald's good-but-not-great bio of Cabell. Inevitably it must select and compress; but sometimes it handles in a sentence matters I'd like to read several pages about....
The photo on my profile is indeed from the London blitz; Holland House Library, apparently, though i do not know where that is/was. I no longer recall the photographer & cannot find the name, but I found the photo first on a postcard, and tracked it down online with a search for keywords--I think "London," "Blitz" and "Library."

However, this book by Robert Hewison has the photo on the cover:

Many thanks for the message, and apologies for the tardy response.
When Kennaston is invited to dinner with "The Personage" and the other high-powered military and business leaders after the success of Men Who Loved Alison -- note the accomplishments ascribed to the Personage, and especially his famously large white teeth. Cabell in real life was invited to the White House because Teddy liked one of his books -- Chivalry I think? -- though presumably TR did not show JBC a mirror and ask him about white pigeons. I believe I read somewhere that in the first draft of In The Flesh the Personage was explicitly identified as Roosevelt but Cabell's editors got him to blur the portrait.

Well, all good wishes and congrats on another child -- it's all I can do to keep up with my cats!
Thanks for the interesting vote. I was checking out your reviews -- I had forgotten you reviewed Cream of the Jest. I just finished re-reading it -- it's been a bit more than 35 years since last time, and I didn't remember very much. Your review is pretty spot on. Another of his recurring phrases in it is "... in the flesh..." which vibrates for me since I read that was his original title for the book. I think it may be his most profound work, if that's not too weighty a word for it. And loved the hidden portrait of Theodore Roosevelt!
Thanks for the kind words about my reviews. I've given "thumbs" to a few of yours already. Some of my reviews are redacted from papers and abstracts I had written in school, but most of them were written as reviews that I had blogged earlier, or that had gone on my website. These days, LibraryThing is actually where I post reviews first, before other venues.

I added 30 reviews just this month, thanks largely to the new LT collections feature, which let me catalog "Read but unowned" books without hurting the data integrity of "My library."(All my "Read but unowned" books carry reviews, otherwise I don't bother.)

Now that I have a "Favorites" collection, I've also set myself the task of reviewing all those books--but that may take a while, since I'm more inclined to write reviews of books I've read more recently. Some fruitful rereading may be in order.
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