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About meRetired academic.
About my libraryPerhaps I first thought of "my library" in the 1970s. When I worked in a second-hand bookshop (San Francisco's McDonald's Books, now defunct, from 1976 to 1989), I was permitted to acquire books by purchasing them at our cost, and "my library" began to grow. When I began graduate school in 1980 (University of California, Berkeley, French), I used the concept of a "working library" to justify further acquisitions. In the 1990s I seemed to acquire fewer books, but after 2001 I grew increasingly interested in more current material and my library began to grow again.
Favorite authorsDavid Bakan, Peter L. Berger, Henri Bergson, Paul Bénichou, Albert Camus, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, George Eliot, Victor Hugo, William James, James Joyce, Norman Mailer, James Merrill, Karl Popper, Marcel Proust, William Shakespeare, Arnold J. Toynbee, Anthony Trollope, John Updike, Alfred de Vigny, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)
Real nameMark K. Jensen
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceJul 22, 2008
Currently readingThe magic mountain by Thomas Mann
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