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Member: keylawk

CollectionsYour library (3,095), Wishlist (4), To read (10), All collections (3,108)

Reviews1,715 reviews

Tagshistory (314), biography (223), anthropology (203), poetry (182), religion (163), literature (162), (136), law practice (134), war (124), music (120) — see all tags

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About meHappily married 63 year old wounded warrior in Orange County, California. My wife is English (Sherwood Forest, Druids and Hobbits having tea...). I bring good fortune to everyone; even my enemies are rich. Brought up in the Amazon jungle, most of what I know I learned from plants and amphibians. It was the Stone Age.

I would like to show ambitious people how to get away with being kind. Now I am old and retired from the law, from the military, from college teaching, and from music. I have failed at many things. When I was young, hopeful Elders took the trouble to try to teach me things I never learned or used. And now I have forgotten more than I ever knew.

About my libraryFrom approximately 9000 books, I am down to ~5000. And most of these are FOR SALE. Dictionaries of various kinds, Practical Sciences, History, Literature and Poetry, Words/Language. Some Philosophy, and touching upon the Arts. Feel free to make an offer to cover shipping.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS/Themes:

Seafaring/ Riparian History / Great Rivers (Argonaut);
Collective and Personal Guilt (Engines of Change);
Animals and People that look alike (morphology);
American Indian (compare Natives generally);
Futurist Studies (prediction/seering Pythia);
Religions ( Biodynamic Consciousness ) ;
Vanishing Women (desaparecida);
Museum of Life Sentences;
Stones (Famous Rocks);
Jungle, Amazon Delta;
Cave Paintings;
History of Fire;
Biography;
Cities;
War

THEMES. A kind of sleeper-theme is Conflict Resolution. I also come from the School of Slow Reading, where we learned not to choke everything down too quickly. As for "communicating" or "understanding", just quietly let those go too. Once you realize the utter futility, the burden of effort falls away, and the world fills with joy. Of course this is not a Theme you tell your clients or people who look to you with specific hopes.

MAUSOLEUM. Yes, LibraryThing can also be used as a living Mausoleum. My "reviews" are a kind of legacy, albeit prematurely announced. Each of us leaves a legacy after death -- and in these reviews I hope there is light, and stones for your walk, and stories, and bits of information.

TAGS. I use multiple Tags a lot and try to tag every book with appropriate categories, especially if there is irony, or a Korzybski "cloud" in mind. For me, however, most words are arbitrary Zipfs, and I have no clear picture of how labeling works. Hence, a fairly large collection on Words -- writing and semiotics. I delight in Aristotelean categories, Platonic absolutes, and Derida-derived deconstructions.

SHELVING. I brutally culled the collection and corralled my impulse to come home with bags of treasure pillaged from -- "avert thine eyes"! -- library sales. Still, retrieval is a problem even for this smaller size. I have five back-to-back shelf racks, with bays between them. I've named the bays and racks. It's like walking into Wood-henge.

REVIEWS AND COMMENTS ("R" and "C"). I am intent on reviewing each book. Among other Cautions:

(1) These are simply my "notes" and are NOT what I would put up against "book reviews" the professional critics provide for us.

(2) Still working with the difference between "Reviews" and "Comments". I try to introduce the author and capture the gems and qualities of the work in the Review. I try to put the Perspectivity and possible Usage in the Comments. I am not very successful in accomplishing these goals, perhaps belayed by conditions and passions I hardly contain.

(3) Still working on the difference between the information drawn from the work itself, distinct from my "re"-view. Trying to make useful and true comments, even quoting from the text -- see below.

(4) Bracketed numbers refer to the page of the work, and if a small letter accompanies the number, it is an attempt to refine the location.

(5) I try not to be "funny", or Judgmental, because I know "They" are not laughing, and I intend no aid to ideologues or idiots of any persuasion. (But of course, I am FOTFL, or weeping.)

(6) And with 7 billion people on the planet, any dogmatic and extreme opinions of any kind from any of them, are simply -- excuse me -- rude.

(http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/popclockworld.html - the Planet has 6.6 billion people as of this writing, but this demographic projection uses an algorithm which assumes facts which are false or unknown.]

QUOTE/S -- Gems/Gifts. I do try to pull out the "gift" or unique or helpful contribution made in a book work, usually in the "Comment" section. [Nota Bene -- I am lobbying for a separate QUOTE section for the entry device].

PHOTO. My icon is one of the great hunter-gatherers of a great tribe, the Chacobo living along the Beni in Bolivia. He wore a woman's choker because of Shaman activity, and he was the only man who bleached his bark dress. He helped me make my first bow and arrows. His are pictured. Notice their length. The quiet confidence and kindness of his heart continues to inspire.

FOR SALE. I am old, having glaucoma issues. Virtually all of these books are FOR SALE to an appropriate person.

GroupsLe Salon des Amateurs de la Langue, Let's Talk Religion, Unitarian Universalist Readers

Favorite authorsGaston Bachelard, E. M. Cioran, Norman Cousins, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Kieran Healy, Mary Ritchie Key, Julia Kristeva, Malcolm Muggeridge, Norb Vonnegut (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://www.keylawk.blogspot.com "Shorn Again Believer&a

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Real nameThomas George Key

LocationTustin, California

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/keylawk (profile)
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Member sinceSep 10, 2006

Currently readingFishers of men or founders of empire? : the Wycliffe Bible translators in Latin America by David Stoll
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
Abraham Lincoln - the War Years, in Four Volumes by Carl Sandberg
The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History by Gordon S. Wood
Body, Mind, and Sport: The Mind-Body Guide to Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Your Personal Best by John Douillard
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