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No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Existentialism : from Dostoevsky to Sartre by Walter Arnold Kaufmann

Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell


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CollectionsYour library (34), Currently reading (1), To read (1), Favorites (1), All collections (34)

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TagsPolicy (3), Chicago (3), lesbian (2), science fiction (2), billionaire (2), romance (2), Lebanese (1), Democratic National Convention (1), love (1), professor (1) — see all tags

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About meI came to Chicago in 1990 by way of Columbus Ohio. I decided, on a whim, to visit Chicago during spring break. I had just completed an emotionally taxing year at The Ohio State University School of Law, and I desperately needed an escape. In three days I had such a great time in Chicago that during the summer, again on a whim, I decided to move here. I’ve been here ever since.

My first impressions of Chicago were that the city was large, but not overcrowded, there were plenty of places to party without having to go broke, and it was more like being in many little cities, one second you’re driving through a neighborhood with a Greek flavor, the next second Mexican, then Black, then Irish. I met and saw a lot of interesting characters. The funniest thing is that most of them didn't seem to have any idea that they were unusual. I grew up in New Orleans, LA and reaction in school to the way I talked made me feel like a novelty in Ohio; so the idea that this was a place where being different is really no big deal was very appealing to me.

To this day when I’m asked where I’m from I say New Orleans, even though my parents relocated to Atlanta after Katrina and the house that I grew up in is gone, and my old neighborhood hasn’t come back fully. It’s strange not being able to return to a physical place that lives in the same realm as my memories but in the end home isn’t a physical place. One of my friends has decided to stay and contribute to rebuilding the community.

GroupsBanned Books, Existentialism, Progressive & Liberal!, Weird Fiction

Favorite authorsFyodor Dostoevsky, Umberto Eco, Alicia Erian, George Orwell, Edward W. Said, Dan Simmons, Jonathan Stroud, henry sullivan (Shared favorites)


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Real nameHenry L. Sullivan III

LocationChicago, IL, United States

Account typepublic, free

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Member sinceApr 11, 2012

Currently readingFrom Shakespeare to Existentialism by Walter Kaufmann

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henrys708--- Hello!

Your novel looks interesting, and it seems, from your profile, that you have found a city to call home, in Chicago. You evidently are quite thoroughly en rapport with "Chi-Town", and, from the way you describe it, it does indeed sound like a place where you can find whatever you are looking for. Here's hoping your zest for Chicago, and its favorable response to you, continues to grow.

I'm sorry to hear your family home & old neighborhood have effectively vanished, but, as you say, you do have memories, and "home isn't a physical place". Besides, if you were to re-visit New Orleans, (which I suppose you do, upon occasion), you probably discover, as one wit has put it, that "you CAN go home again (Thomas Wolfe to the contrary) if you are willing to visit strange and exotic places."

Though I've lived, on occasion, in large cities, I grew up in a very small town, far from major metropolitan areas, and, when I re-visit that place, so much has changed that I simply have to accept the place as now it is . . . and, like you, cherish my memories.

I surmise that your personal library is larger than the few books you've listed on LibraryThing, but you have included some interesting items.

As I'm nearing the end of my "reading career", I'm downsizing radically, bookwise, to a list of favorites which probably will not exceed 500 volumes; I'll pare down to 200 books if I can muster the discipline to part with some old, fond "companions".

At present, my list of "Favorites" is down to fewer than 400 books, so I am making SOME progress with my "pruning" work---but it's not easy.

Perhaps it was a typing error, Mr. Sullivan, but I received an electronic invitation to share "friend" status with you . . . whatever that means. I don't know what it might mean to you, as I had little context in which to place the invitation!

As we know little enough about each other, beyond what's on our profiles, I'd really rather we content ourselves with exchanging, if you wish, a few postings about books, to see whether or not our interests have any significant, substantive overlap.

As you can gather from my LT site, I've identified a number of LT-ers whose libraries I regard as being of interest, for one reason or another, but I only have one LT member whom I've identified as an "electronic friend", and that is an unusually special case.

If your "friending" invitation was simply a typographical slip, feel free to confine your response to a succinct "Oops!", or whatever you see fit.

In any event, Mr. Sullivan, I wish you well in your Chicago adventures, and I encourage you to keep writing. Who knows what you may achieve?!

All The Best,

"j.a.lesen" (Steve)
Wow - I don't think I'm exactly in your league when it comes to books, so I'm pretty honoured to receive a friend request. I read your profile description and loved it, so I had to accept, even though you'll probably find my book choices a little boring!
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