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Member: guybrarian

CollectionsYour library (2,104)

Reviews12 reviews

TagsThanks Public Library! (5), Debut Fiction (2), noir (2), Tour de Force (1), Surreal (1), Graphic Novel (1), la condition humaine (1), hidden treasure (1), wordless (1) — see all tags

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About meI'm a librarian in my home town of Seattle. If you happen to be in downtown Seattle and you're in a large library and you're looking at fiction, I just might walk up and pester you. I'm also a contributor to Booklist, Library Journal, the NoveList database and some other library-related things you're not likely to have heard of, and participate on the Fiction_L listserv and with the Readers Advisors of Puget Sound. I plan to do some blogging some day at my site, Otherwise, I'll be hanging around w/ my Glorious Wife and our Cats, Gardening, Walking, Swimming, Biking, Taking In Movies Music Art Culture Hi & Lo, Writing, Reading, and Playing Library.

About my libraryJust what is a library? The one I work in, the one I own. What does it mean? What do the books I own have to do with who I am? Where did I get all these books, and why? Greek history? Classic noir? (Hey, isn't that Michael Stipe in the author gallery? And as I add in more titles, will this tear him away from Martha Stewart?) The saga continues...

GroupsBloggers, Hardboiled / Noir Crime Fiction, Legacy Libraries, Librarians who LibraryThing, Name that Book, Pacific Northwest, Philosophy and Theory, Progressive & Liberal!, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Seattleitesshow all groups

Favorite authorsJames Agee, Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Beckett, Robert Leslie Bellem, Ken Bruen, Robert Burton, Hayden Carruth, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Euripides, John Gardner, Patrick Hamilton, Donald Harington, Patricia Highsmith, Homer, Kobayashi Issa, Shirley Jackson, Michel de Montaigne, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Nietzsche, Flannery O'Connor, George Orwell, James Sallis, Delmore Schwartz, William Shakespeare, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesThe Seattle Public Library, Central Library


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Real nameDavid


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Member sinceDec 21, 2006

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Thanks for the quick update; I think four stars is about what I'd give the book . . . it's charming, poignant, and distinctive . . . all qualities which I enjoy in a book.

Also, I enjoyed your review of "That Awful Mess On The Via Merulana", by Carlo Emilio Gadda, a book and author I'd forgotten about until your review brought it back to mind.

I particularly enjoyed your taking time to mention the quality of the translation, as I find translators don't get enough notice---praise or blame---in most reviews.

Thanks again for your reviews.

All The Best,



You provided an apt appreciation of Max Miller's "I Cover The Waterfront", so I am surprised you only gave the book 1/2 Stars.

Is that a misprint on the LT review, or have you an exceptionally rigorous rating system?

You certainly do have an interesting library!

All The Best,

Woah, I was just in Seattle (first time--this sort of travel is pretty big for me) in July and walked by that library--I THINK. I took my default pic near-ish to Pike St. Market (that's the name, right?) and got hustled nearly twice the second the camera flashed.

Great city. Was so fascinated by some of the stories I heard (I took that underground tour) that I just picked up some books by Murray and Spiedel on the dirty history of the place.
Great review for Motorman from two years back. Definitely have convinced me to buy that book--at least when I find it for an affordable price. Yargh! But thanks, it sounds really good.
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