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About mei contain multitudes: librarian, lawyer, information law and policy geek, computer geek, feminist sf fan, atheist, anarchist, queer, parent, plus other categories.

I first cataloged my books at the age of 10, on index cards in a shoebox. (It was before the era of the personal computer.) My first non-neighborhood job was volunteering at the local public library, where I used my first computer and first provided technical support.

"Friends": In general I only "friend" and accept friend invitations from people I know in real life. If your library is interesting I'll add you to interesting libraries, and maybe someday we'll get to know each other in person.

Quintessential Interesting Library: The quintessential interesting library for me would be diverse, and include lots of (a) political identity theory (feminism, antiracism, queer); (b) radical history & theory (anarchism, labor history, etc.); (c) information studies (copyright, privacy, open source, media criticism); (d) science fiction; (e) lots of fiction by women and people of color; (f) atheism & religious studies; (g) science; (h) history, biography, memoir; (i) a lot of stuff from small, independent, and alternative presses, generally; (j) lots of media -- graphic novels, music, DVDs; (k) very few celebrity-related books, very few (none?) "how women can improve their relationships with men" books, and very few "how to be a good X religionist" books.

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* Feminist SF
* Radical History
* Jamaica Plain readers (sadly, very empty at the moment)
* anarchism
* lists
* authors in memoriam
* spoilers! a group dedicated to hating on the concept
* bookstores R.I.P. - honoring defunct but beloved bookstores
* History, Revised - discussion of historical controversies that challenge received wisdom

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* Banned Books Library
* my Common Knowledge contributions

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* (my out-of-date website)
* User:Lquilter @ Wikipedia
* derivative work (blog)
* google full-text library (draft)

other links:
* My LT features wishlist

About my librarySome stuff is in storage in California and was entered here via an excel spreadsheet, so data -- especially edition data -- is likely inaccurate. Some stuff is technically my partner's or my daughter's.

What's Hers Is Mine: All of this stuff is mine, because I have applied the doctrine of couverture to my girlfriend's library. But some of the books originated with her. The science textbooks are all hers. The other science-related books are split between us. The queer & women's history is as likely to be hers as mine.

Duplicates: When we merged our libraries we had many duplicates, which we gave away at our wedding. But we still have a lot of duplicates, because we couldn't bear to give away (for instance) the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves; Coming to Power; The Feminine Mystique -- but we also wanted to keep a more current edition. Plus with a vast portion of my library in storage 3000 miles away, occasionally I have bought a duplicate intentionally or accidentally. And then I keep duplicates of some copies of works that are hard to find, that I want to have loaner copies of -- e.g., Alice Nunn's Illicit Passage. But because my cataloging data is not based on the book itself for the most part, the duplicates are really inaccurate - editions, number, etc.

Completeness of the library: I've added the vast majority of my books. New books come in from time to time (ahem). And, unfortunately, most of my collection is in boxes 3000 miles away, and was cataloged from spreadsheets. So inaccuracies abound. When my library is consolidated again, I'll go through and shelf-verify all the materials. Looking forward to that day!

Edition information: Adding library data from a very simple spreadsheet index means that my edition information is completely inaccurate. For 95% of the books I just picked the first available title. I've gone back and corrected a few where I had a sense of edition based on cover.

I collect in two major areas: feminist SF (collection & tag FSF) and critical information studies (collection & tag INFO). Within these fields particularly, I collect and own things I would not necessarily recommend. In particular, please note that not all things in @FSF are "feminist" per se; nor are all things in @INFO "critical" per se -- just of relevance to that general collection.

* Books tagged @FSF include:
- (a) SF books that are feminist (e.g., Joanna Russ' The Female Man);
- (b) SF books with some significant gender or sexuality element, of whatever political persuasion -- feminist, casually sexist, misogynist (e.g., Le Guin, Heinlein, Alph (shudder);
- (c) SF books by women or queers whose authorship makes them groundbreaking, e.g., early utopian novels by women such as Sultana's Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain;
- (d) relevant scholarship dealing with any of the above. I take "SF" very broadly to mean any speculative or supernatural element in work, including faint elements of magic realism or speculatively religious (depicting souls, ghosts, psychic powers, etc.)

I usually try to also tag relevantly ("sexist", "gender issues SF", "matriarchy") to better describe the work.

* Books tagged @INFO include media studies, librarianship, freedom of expression, intellectual property, information technology policy, and so on. This collection operates as a professional bibliographic database for me, and includes many, many works marked "@unread" and "@unowned" but "@interesting".

Recommendations: Just because I own a book doesn't necessarily mean I recommend it. I collect books on some topics — for example, "sex wars in fiction" and feminist backlash novels — even though they're mostly atrocious and misogynystic. Most of the stuff I own, I like, or think I'll like -- I haven't read everything; oftentimes, I like a book by the author or I'm interested in a topic, and I buy others by the author or on the topic when I see them; but haven't gotten to reading them yet. Probably, I've read more than 75% of the library, but I wouldn't swear on it, because some of the library (which is mine! all mine!) is sourced from my Other.

Tagging practices: See User:Lquilter/Tagging

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GroupsAmateur Historians, Anarchism, AP Parents ( Attachment Parenting Support and Resources ), Apocalypse Lit, Apostates, Atheism and humanism, Authors In Memoriam, Banned Books, BannedBooksLibrary, Board for Extreme Thing Advancesshow all groups

Favorite authorsPatricia Anthony, Margaret Atwood, Paul Avrich, Freddie Baer, Alison Bechdel, Yochai Benkler, Howard Besser, Susie Bright, Katharine Burdekin, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Octavia E. Butler, Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, Ana Castillo, Noam Chomsky, e. e. cummings, Brian Daley, Richard Dawkins, Diane DiMassa, Diane Duane, Edward Eager, Barbara Ehrenreich, Karen Joy Fowler, Ellen Galford, Mary Gentle, Molly Gloss, Emma Goldman, Jewelle Gomez, Ursula K. Le Guin, bell hooks, Molly Ivins, Barbara Kingsolver, Rosemary Kirstein, Ellen Kushner, Fritz Leiber, Astrid Lindgren, Federico García Lorca, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Laurie J. Marks, L. M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Moon, C. L. Moore, James Morrow, Pat Murphy, Esther Newton, Alice Nunn, Rebecca Ore, Elizabeth Peters, Marge Piercy, Katha Pollitt, Muriel Rukeyser, Joanna Russ, Rafael Sabatini, Pamela Samuelson, Dan Savage, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Simic, Joan Slonczewski, Thorne Smith, Sheri S. Tepper, Josephine Tey, James Tiptree, Jr., Tom Tomorrow, Mark Twain, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Sarah Waters, Sally Watson, Joss Whedon, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, Bluestockings, Boadecia's Books, Bolerium Books, Borderlands Books, Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore, Dark Carnival, Dog Eared Books, Food for Thought Books, Green Apple Books, Joseph-Beth Booksellers - Lexington, Modern Times Bookstore, New World Resource Center, Quimby's Bookstore, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Sqecial Media, St. Mark's Bookshop (New York City), Strand Bookstore, The Harvard Coop, The Long Haul Infoshop, The Other Change of Hobbit, The Stars Our Destination, Women & Children First

Favorite librariesBerkeley Public Library - Central Library, Berkeley Public Library - North Branch, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Library - Connolly Branch, Brookline Public Library, Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch, Huntsville Public Library, Huntsville Public Library - Bessie K. Russell Branch Library, Jamaica Plain Branch - Boston Public Library, Jones Library, Library of Congress, Prelinger Library, Tuscaloosa Public Library, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts

Other favoritesWisCon 2008, Boomerangs (thrift store), Community Thrift, Friends of the Connolly Branch Library (Jamaica Plain, MA) Annual Book Sale, Internet Archive, Readercon 19

Favorite lists1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 500 Great Books by Women, Atheism, humanism, freethought, &c. — Best nonfiction books in favour of, Best Political Science Fiction, Best Science Books for Non-Scientists, Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Dying Earth Stories, Environmental History, Fantasy/Scifi Heroines Without Love Intrests, Feminist Fiction, Feminist Science Fiction, Feminists' memoirs/autobiographies, fictional librarians, Good LGBT fiction for LGBT folk and friends, Hayao Miyazaki's 50 Recommended Children's Books, Labor History, Literary Tour of Alabama, Science fiction novels with a female protagonist, Swashbucklers, Witch Hunts


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Okay, here goes. The following appears on page 185 of Young America's Cook Book: A Cook Book for Boys and Girls Who Like Good Food. Compiled by the Home Institute of the New York Herald Tribune. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938.

Sugar Cookies

2 cups sifted flour (about)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar, or 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla, or grated lemon or orange rind
1 tablespoon cream or fruit juice
flour for rolling

Sift flour, measure 2 cups; add baking powder and salt; mix well, then sift.

Cream butter; beat in sugar gradually, then egg, vanilla and cream. Stir in flour gradually, adding more if not stiff enough to roll; chill thoroughly.

Remove part of dough to lightly floured board and shape into ball; place remaining dough in the refrigerator. With floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/8 inch thick; cut with floured cooky cutter. With spatula remove to ungreased baking sheet; sprinkle tops with sugar.

Bake in moderately hot oven (375-400F) for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned.

Makes about 36 small cookies.

Note: A special canvas cover for rolling board and stockinette for rolling pin make rolling of dough easier; these can be purchased in house furnishing departments.

Decorated cookies for special occasions--Cut rolled cooky dough with fancy cutters or special cut-outs as desired. Decorate with colored sugar or candies; raisins, currants or nuts; candied cherries, angelica or citron. Or decorate refrigerator slices or drop cookies, as desired.

Chocolate cookies--Follow recipe for sugar cookies..., only add 2 squares chocolate, melted, to butter-sugar-egg mixture; add more flour, if needed.

Spiced sugar cookies--Follow recipe for sugar cookies..., only mix and sift 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, allspice and cloves with flour; omit vanilla.

Sand tarts--Make dough for sugar cookies...; roll thin and cut in fancy shapes. Brush tops with slightly beaten egg white; sprinkle with mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Garnish with sliced candied cherries and blanched almonds; bake.

JB: The above is almost totally verbatim, arcane directions and all. I got kick out of some of it. Sifting. Yeah, right. At least this isn't sifted 22 times as was the case with a recipe I saw this morning.
Hello. I've just joined your group Feminist SF (I hope men are allowed) because recently I happen to have read several SF books, of mainly the u/dystopia variety, by women writers, and found them to be consistently better than those by male writers. I read very broadly and so don't read that much SF, and so am not that knowledgeable about the genre. I was wondering if you could be kind enough to point out a few of the essentials of female/feminist SF (particularly utopia type) to get me started.
Here's what I have read in this area:
Woman on the Edge of Time
The Gate to Women's Country
and several SFs by:
Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin and James Tiptree jnr.
I found all of these to be excellent. There surely must be more?
Many thanks for taking the time to read this.
I had changed the way the order was written for those and consolidated the ordering because it didn't seem immediately obvious that some of the stories were the same, just in different formats and anthologies. I thought by putting the same stories together it would make it easier to see how many unique titles there were, as well as easier to see where they fell chronologically within the series. I was just trying to neaten it up to clarify it for others, with everything formatted the same. Sorry for any confusion! I hope this reasoning makes sense :)
You left the comment a while, sorry it's taken so long for me to get back.

re: porn & coconuts

There's this blogger -- now inactive, sadly -- that I love, Bitchy Jones. She wrote mostly about feminism and kink. She had a tag for stuff that could be found in normal, mundane media that, looked at a little different, could be considered kinky porn. I use the tag to indicate books that have snippets of erotica in them.
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I'm sorry Laura, I should have sent you a direct message, but no, we don't know each other in person. I follow you on Twitter, as I recently was on there finding oodles of other librarians and libraries to follow, among other things. I am an MSLIS student at Drexel University and I've had a chance to look over your profile on here, and I must say, we seem quite a match in our interests! You've inspired me to add more to my profile, I really need to put more on here more often! (And to upgrade my subscription, 200 books is only the very tip of the iceberg and I need much more than that!) I can certainly be described as a bibliophile, and have over 4 bookcases full - and counting! And that's after my parents MADE me get rid of some a while back when they moved (I had a tiny efficiency apartment then), and after my mother "accidentally" (I'm still rather miffed about this) got rid of all my childhood books that I wanted to keep instead of the ones I wanted to get rid of - she claims she got them mixed up... Anyway, you have an impeccable collection, I must say, and I would love to be friends with you on here to get more recommendations from what you have cataloged, at the very least! Lovely to meet you, and my name is Julie by the way. Have a lovely weekend!

First, what an interesting profile and collection you have! I am thinking you look familiar, but that is most likely a figment of my imagination unless you frequent book sales (and sales with books).

I looked for the cover of this book online, hoping it would trigger a memory of having seen it recently. Unfortunately, it is probably in one of the numerous boxes I have not yet unpacked or organized. This will happen eventually, but, alas, I cannot provide the recipe now. I will hang on to your message, in case you don't get that recipe in the meantime.

Jean, who just moved from Lexington
Yes, I've been twice and loved it! I had always wanted to go to a con, but figured, what did I have in common with 20 year old boys in Darth Vader suits? [Eep. More than I thought, but that's another story.] So when I heard about Wiscon, well, those are *my* people.
This year I passed because I had an opportunity to do a mini-con with CJ Cherryh, Jane Fancher and the wonderful salads of the Cherryh fan group.
I'm planning on Wiscon next year, and I don't know about 2012 b/c I'm already committed to Worldcon.
All of this from a woman who hadn't ever done more than a professional convention until her (very) late 40's!
We share a profession, a sexual orientation, and many interests including feminism. (I also follow Feministsf!) If you get to WisCon in the coming year, I hope we'd have a chance to meet. Warrior of Worry (livejournal), aka Karen Ireland-Phillips (facebook -much more closeted there. This is Ohio.)
Random: Any ideas on this stumper? Even if you don't know it, it sounds like something you would collect.
The painting is "Stitching the Standard" by Edmund Blair Leighton (my favorite artist). He died in 1922 so it's no longer copyrighted (YaY!!!). If you like his work, here is a whole collage of his stuff

Looking at your recent additions you must have already added "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith". I am looking for people to read "Ten Books That Screwed Up The World: and 15 that Didn't Help" I liked your library and your evaluation of a "good library" wondered if you'd like to join.
Hullo. i enjoyed browsing your library. Based on your profile, you might enjoy the Fantastic Women issue of Tin House; it's quite a read.
Just visiting for the first time, having seen your post at the FemSFBookSwap group. Wanted to say that this, "When we merged our libraries we had many duplicates, which we gave away at our wedding" is about the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. What an excellent way to celebrate your relationships and your guests. :D
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