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CollectionsMassChallenge Team Recommendations (19), Your library (1,384), Massachusetts (608), Math (4), History (12), Reference (17), Comp Sci/Development (116), Read but unowned (14), Currently reading (5), To read (27), Favorites (3), All collections (1,472)

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MediaNot set (10), Book (1,460), Paper Book (1,310), Audiobook (6), Ebook (4), Other (2), Printed music (2)

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About me

About my libraryAs I've just moved across the country, my library is divided, about a third of it is in Massachusetts with me, the rest in storage in Oregon (or dispersed to the winds, and not yet removed from the list, an oversight that will be a long time in the correcting). The best way to find out what I've actually got close to hand is to find the items tagged "MA", for Massachusetts. Those are the ones on my shelf, or they should be. Others will be tagged with a box number, those are mostly in Jon Kreitler's basement in Portland.

The other idisyncratic tag is "BM", which indicates books I've acquired through BookMooch. I used BookMooch as a device for getting rid of books before I left Portland, and now I'm reaping the benefits, as you'll see by searching on that tag.

Books for me serve many purposes, some of them practical and more of them sentimental. The practical purposes, of course, are to fill up my head with useful (in a very broad sense of "useful", to include entertaining, aggravating, enlightening, depressing, and so forth) thoughts and to fill up my time with engagement with those thoughts. Without books I'd have nothing to think about and I'd have to talk to all sorts of silly people, so they're worth any money right there. The sentimental purposes include retrospective sentiments - the books I've read and keep to re-read, or to share with others - and prospective sentiments - the one expression of optimism that I allow myself is the prospect of someday pulling this tome or the other off the shelf and chewing it over. Mostly, what I left behind was the retrospective sentiment material. What I brought fell mostly into the practical and the prospectively sentimental categories.

GroupsBrightcopy Test Group, Bug Collectors, Combiners!, Finnish Librarythingers, Mathematics, One LibraryThing, One Book, Purely Programmers, Schemers and Lispers, Science Fiction Fans, Spam Fighters!show all groups

Favorite authorsJorge Amado, Isaac Asimov, Nicholson Baker, Jorge Luis Borges, Steven Brust, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Daniel C. Dennett, Harlan Ellison, Angelica Gorodischer, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Myrlin A. Hermes, Douglas Hofstadter, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jemiah Jefferson, Fritz Leiber, André Maurois, Steven Millhauser, Jose Saramago, Lucius Shepard, Peter Singer (Shared favorites)

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Real nameJon Kiparsky

LocationSomerville, MA

Emailjon.kiparskygmail.com

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceAug 23, 2007

Currently readingAutobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition (Mark Twain Papers) by Mark Twain
An Introduction to Algebraic Structures (Dover Books on Mathematics) by Joseph Landin
Linear algebra and matrix theory by Robert Roth Stoll
The Hindus : an alternative history by Wendy Doniger
Game theory by Drew Fudenberg

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