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Member: kingturtle

CollectionsWishlist (education) (30), Your library (1,814), All collections (1,844)


TagsNovels (180), Poetry (119), Japan (99), U.S. history (87), Film (65), Painters (64), 1960s (63), Graphic novels (57), Short stories (57), Art history (56) — see all tags

MediaNot set (132), Book (1,599), Paper Book (1,386), Audiobook (10), Other (2)

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About meI taught high school social studies. Now I am getting my PhD to teach others to teach high school social studies. I have a seemingly unlimited desire to learn about culture, biology and astronomy. I am curious about the effects of race, war and Imperialism on culture.

The rain. Fresh air. Dark places. A chorus of crickets. The greeting of a cat. That Nick Drake LP playing in darkness. Fireflies. Double mocha (from Caffe Pergolesi). Origin stories. Serenades. Thunderstorms. Zines. Finding beauty. Encouraging beauty. The 1939 NY World's Fair. The surreal. Swedish fish. Staying up late. Sleeping in. Being in water. One more time around the block because the song isn't over yet. Viruses. Quantum physics. Dada. The situationists. I spent a great deal of time working on my Website WikiSCUM, which documents the history of underground music in Santa Cruz, California.

Baseball, the Beatles, Beethoven, punk movements, Surrealism, walks, naps, the rain, history, flappers, birds, badminton, croquet, cards, Agricola, dead reckoning, ny before i was born, ukulele, vaudeville, handwriting, chess, jazz, art history, motels, making crosswords, math, eye contact, Teddy Roosevelt, snapdragons, anatomy.

Check out my list of favorite hasn't been updated for a few years...

About my libraryI began cataloging my books when I was nine. I wrote numbers in all of them, and placed them in a box outside my bedroom door with a sign (which I thought was very inviting). I was disappointed when my older siblings didn't browse my stacks or inquire about getting a library card. But that didn't stop me from cataloging my books and baseball cards.

From there my library cataloging system went on a 30+ year journey from graph paper to Lotus 1-2-3 to Q&A to Sesame to LibaryThing. My library itself also went through many developments (expansions, contractions, phases, trends), and then I got married...and my wife also loves/has (lots of) books (but cares not for cataloging).

So I added all our books to LibraryThing and tagged them all (including tags that told me the exact location of the book) by September 2008. Then I started graduate school and we moved into a new house, and I don't know where in the house the a lot of the books are, exactly. And one of the puppies ate some of the books. And I got rid of some in the move. And I bought some more for school, and received some more as gifts. And then my wife and I did a major purging of our books. So, this database is no longer up to date. And it may not be until 2013 that I get it back to where I want which point we'll probably be moving into another place. sigh. So don't be a stranger. And say hi some time.

P.S. I give most of my books five stars. Why would I keep any book that I thought was only 3 stars?

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, African/African American Literature, All About Art, Altered States, American History, American Postmodernism, Anarchism, Art is Life, Baseball, BDSM Bibliophilesshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresCal's Books & Things, Literary Guillotine, Logos Books & Records, Phoenix Used & Rare Books, The Bookloft

Favorite librariesUniversity of California at Santa Cruz - McHenry Library, University of Rochester - Rush Rhees Library


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Real nameOliver Cashman-Brown

LocationRochester, NY

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Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 9, 2006

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