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About my libraryThis is Library v3.0. Library v1.0 was destroyed on 14 January 2003 when a frozen pipe in the apartment above mine thawed and burst, sending water cascading across my bookcases. In an remarkable spasm of goodwill, my landlords compensated me for the full value of the books, a sum that allowed me to restart my library and take a month-long trip to Paris.

The deluge washed away a lot of the "dead" parts of my library and gave me the chance to replace books I was no longer interested in. In general, Library v2.0 was architecture-centric, whereas v1.0 was history-centric, which is a pretty good reflection of how my interests have changed over the last decade.

Library v3.0 came into being the following year with the addition of my wife's art history, historic preservation and fiction (read: chick lit) collection.

Groups50 Book Challenge, Architext, Baseball, Book Clubs, Book Design!, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Bookends, Books that made me think, Bostonians, Cemeteries & Gravestonesshow all groups

Favorite authorsPaul Auster, W. G. Sebald (Shared favorites)


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Saw you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reading my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like my novel since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Sorry to be so long getting back to you about the Eric Mendelsohn book. It's long been packed up and stored in the warehouse with most of the rest of my would-be library. I'm afraid I can't tell you much. Mendelsohn isn't one of my main interests; I just wanted to have a decent overview of him and I found the Stephan book satisfactory. I know that much because I apparently packed it away pretty quickly and felt no gnawing need to go find more on Mendelsohn! Unfortunately, it and all the rest of my books don't do me much good where I can't get my hands on them.
Thanks for the invite to the Sebald group - am very new to LibraryThing - but I can tell already I am going to love it.
Re: Sebald's Austerlitz. My favorite hands down also. A remarkable work.
(Re: Drawing-Building-Text) I probably need to re-familiarize myself with it. I know several chapters were required reading back in school, but my level of comprehension and recall from required readings is... quite low.
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