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CollectionsYour library (3,727), 11 in 11 (50), 10-10-10 Challenge (54), Romance and Related Books (147), Cookbooks (29), Currently reading (5), eBooks (93), All collections (3,719)

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About meOpinions!!! I haz them!!! (And you're welcome to have them too! Ah, the beauty of the internet.)

Feminist, atheist, lieder-loving freak. I like Berlioz, Bartók, Bandō Tamasaburō V (五代目 坂東 玉三郎) and Burgundy. As well as Tiptree, Tokaj, and Takemitsu. Also adore alliteration.

About my libraryThis is currently only a limited part of my existing library. E books and books in languages other than English tend to be underrepresented here. I hope to add more of my books as improvements to the cataloging features are made.

GroupsAboard the Jolly Roger, All the World's a Stage, American Postmodernism, Anglophiles, Art Books, Art History, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Californians Who LTshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouis Aragon, Jane Austen, Gaston Bachelard, Beryl Bainbridge, Pío Baroja, Donald Barthelme, Roland Barthes, George Borrow, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Christine Brooke-Rose, Brigid Brophy, Italo Calvino, Anne Carson, Angela Carter, C. P. Cavafy, Paul Celan, Arthur C. Danto, Samuel R. Delany, Emily Dickinson, H. D., Fyodor Dostoevsky, Marguerite Duras, Steve Erickson, Frantz Fanon, Elena Ferrante, Ronald Firbank, Gustave Flaubert, Michel Foucault, Anatole France, Henry Green, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Ted Hughes, Henrik Ibsen, Robert Irwin, Kyoka Izumi, Henry James, Yasunari Kawabata, Heinrich von Kleist, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Pär Lagerkvist, Halldór Laxness, Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Mina Loy, Stéphane Mallarmé, Thomas Mann, Harry Mathews, Guy de Maupassant, Patrick Modiano, Michel de Montaigne, Vladimir Nabokov, Sōseki Natsume, Ovid, Thomas Love Peacock, Fernando Pessoa, Robert Pinget, Luigi Pirandello, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Queneau, Ann Quin, Kenneth Rexroth, Jean Rhys, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pierre de Ronsard, Joanna Russ, Miguel de Cervantes, Anne Sexton, Lucius Shepard, Naoya Shiga, Murasaki Shikibu, Susan Sontag, Sophocles, Gertrude Stein, Stendhal, Laurence Sterne, Tom Stoppard, Junichiro Tanizaki, James Tiptree, Jr., Leo Tolstoy, Michel Tournier, Miguel de Unamuno, Paul Verlaine, Voltaire, Marina Warner, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mary Webb, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresD.G. Wills Books, Farenheit 451 Booksellers, Foyles, Mysterious Galaxy, Nigel Williams Rare Books, Symposium Books, Symposium Books, The Book Works, Warwick's

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Currently readingFolk music : a very short introduction by Mark Slobin
A History of the Modern British Ghost Story by Simon Hay
xo Orpheus : fifty new myths by Kate Bernheimer
World music : a very short introduction by Philip Vilas Bohlman
Vampire god : the allure of the undead in Western culture by Mary Y. Hallab

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very good taste !!! ...please add me in facebook.
That worked! So simple. Thanks very much.
Manhood : the rise and fall of the penis

Funniest title ever.
You keep adding so many interesting titles that I am having a hard time keeping up. If I weren't reading two tomes one by Morante and one by Mann, I'd be aching to read Romance (The New Critical Idiom) which I downloaded to my Kindle yesterday(?). And now you add Bad music: the music we love to hate. It's on my wishlist now.
Nice selection of books we have in common. And you've now made me want to read [Sleepless Nights]!
Oh, that modernism book you just entered looks interesting... (short is always a plus!). - L

I much preferred the Gaslamp location, and I will indeed miss that one. They had a pretty decent selection. However, I buy most of my books second hand from local used shops or Amazon if I can't find them locally. I should probably stop giving Amazon my business. I abhor the notion of using a wireless reading device.

Hello Neighbor (East County here). YOu have quite an awesome library, and I especially enjoy your appreciation of Japanese Literature. I love Mishima and Tanizaki especially. Just finished reading Kawabata's 'Beauty and Sadness', which I did not like as much as 'House of Sleeping Beauties. Apples and oranges, though.

My best to you and happy reading.
Hello—just popping in to thank you for the wholly unexpected compliment!
I just read your message about Julian Sands looking like Sebastian in Devil in Winter. I can't believe it! That's EXACTLY who I thought of when the character was introduced in the other books, and now that I've seen the drawing of the character from the book cover, I'm disappointed. I was SURE it would look like Julian! Evie isn't the way I imagined either.
Marie. Just finished Passion of Women (Women in Evidence) by Japrisot, which we share. I thought it was interesting and amusing. I think that finishes off J. for me.
If you want to try some "modern" Chinese fiction I would strongly recommend Family, by Ba Jin, Rickshaw Boy by Lao She (be sure to get the later translation), and Spring Silkworms and Other Stories by Mao Dun. If you like those then there are many other great ones by these three writers. Perhaps first though you might want to read the "semi-modern" The Story of the Stone (a.k.a. Dream of the Red Chamber), as it may be the greatest novel ever written in any language. I do plan to add more to my library, eventually...
I saw your message that you were interested in The Kobe Hotel that I recommended, so I took a look at your library and profile, which led me to look at your music on Rate your Music. I was excited to somebody else with such similar wide ranging taste in music (many of my favorites are on the list). If I had seen Fats Waller on the list I may have gone nuts...
I just joined this site from Argentina. I own a 1716 library I cataloged with what I call a UDC "adapted", that means, my own. But I want to switch into the real UDC. Of course I can learn how to use it but I was thinking that if the UDC is unique for a book, as the ISBN number is, there should be a site in the web where, after identifying fully my book, could provide me the UDC saving me the learning and avoiding mistakes

Such a site exists? or the UDC is not totally unique and demands some "artistic customization" by a librarian? can somebody clarify this for me please

Greetings from Argentina. Soon i´ll upload my catalog (I use book collector by the way, great soft)
I was going through my old posts on my threads and stumbled upon your writing of this:

"I've been meaning to read Ooka's Fires on the Plain for ages (having read excerpts from the Morris translation in the past). Your review and the quotes you selected have finally made me put the novel into my online shopping basket and promise myself that it's going to be one of my first reads in 2010. Sounds harrowing but well worth the psychic turmoil."

Any update on this? :)
Hello--I am new to Library Thing, so I have yet to post anywhere close to the volumes in my library. That said, I am always happy to meet another opera lover. I have just been listening (again) to Cecilia Bartoli's "Maria," and will be posting the books I have in my collection about the incomparable Malibran. Best
Thank you so much. I have had Devil's Club on my wishlist in Bookmooch so I would love it.

You can send it to:

Paula Milazzo
114 Ellsworth Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312

I will definitely seek out the recordings you mentioned. My kids gave me an Ipod for Christmas and I am quickly becoming addicted to downloading music from ITunes. Between books and music, I might have to go back to work!!

Thank you for joining San Diego Bibliophiles.

I certainly appreciate your addition.

Thank you. I will look for them. My friend sent me a CD of Kaufmann singing romantic arias and I just keep playing it over and over again.
I saw a wonderful tenor named Jonas Kauffman sing in Carmen. He was so good as Don Jose that he made me cry. You may have heard of him but he was new to me. If you get a chance, try to listen to him singing Le Fleur from Carmen. It is truly spectacular.
A little while ago you asked me to give som feedback on Tessa Dare's Surrender of a Siren.
So, if you still want it/need it here goes:
The book suffers from to much nice. But since it is a fairly light read it kind of fits prettily.
If you want more info just ask

Happy reading!
Thank you so much for the note. We have not had much direct communication, but I have admired your profile and collection from the other side of the screen; I'm sorry we didn't start a conversation sooner. I hope you will visit often and stay in touch!
She was amazing. So was Barry Banks -- very, very short but a wonderful tenor. The opera was wonderful but I was disappointed in the scenery. The Met had the old set for about 20 years and it was quite wonderful. Now they have a minimalist background with a bunch of moving doors.

I mostly hate the new productions, although there are a few good ones. The new Tosca set actually detracts from the opera. Why is it that they take glorious Franco Zefferelli sets and replace them with this minimalist stuff?
Hi marietherese,

I know you like opera and I wanted to let you know that The Barber of Seville is being broadcast live from the Met tonight (10/27) on Sirius radio. I am on my way to to it.
I've added you to my interesting libraries -- I hope you don't mind. I was intrigued by the odd mixture of books we have in common. Usually I overlap with others in one area or another (fantasy, romance, classics) but the books we share range from Sartor Resartus to the Iron Chef! I also note we have musical interests in common, though we don't share many titles.
Hello MarieTherese,
I saw on a Talk group that you collect recordings of Les nuits d'été - which one is your favourite? I collect everything by Berlioz, especially the Fantastique, but I've managed to gather a few Nuits too. My personal favourite is one I recorded off the radio - with Katarina Karneús and Philippe Herreweghe. I seem to remember BBC Magazine once included another Karneús recording. If you know somebody at a recording label, please pressure them to make a commercial recording! :-D

Anyway, I noticed that you only have 'Berlioz remembered' in your library and I was wondering if you have ever read Berlioz's own Memoirs? They're absolutely worth it!
marietherese, there is a copy of The Infernal Life of Branwell Bronte on the Virago message board. I don't know how often you check but I thought you might want it since it is on your wishlist. Just post a message there if you want it. Cheers, Maren
I think you put your tags for Feminist philosophy and science fiction in the review column by mistake. If it is as you intend, well never mind.

thank you for your long and thoughtful message. i apologise for my late reply. i have not had much internet access recently. i am getting to the stage here i need to upgrade my account to add more books! it is wonderful to peek into your library and see what we have in common. i hope to steal ideas from you when i get a chance! i love the tagging system, it really makes you think about why you like certain books over others. i also like the neatness of having no capitalisation. looking forward to exploring your library x
Dear MarieTherese,
I do so appreciate your response to my request to identify an author (Simonson, it is). I'm a former librarian, long-since retired, formerly married to a writer and now happily reading all day long. My only fear is that I won't live long enough to read all the books I want.

I haven't posted my books on this site, because it would take too much time. (I have about 7,000.)

After a lifetime of reading the great classics of literature I am now bent on entertainment. (Those wonderful 19th century british women writers -- Edgeworth, Oliphant, Mrs. Gaskell-- whom I previously overlooked.) And, at a friend's suggestion, began reading contemporary writers who set their novels (mostly romances) in the Regency period. Hence the request about Simonson.

Happy reading,
Marianne Dunleavy
PS "The Village That Died For England" is all about the way that the English countryside has been mythologised (from various different ideological angles), so it seems appropriate that it is quoting Mary Butts.
Thank you so much for your explanation. The book does sound incredible (in several senses - not to mention almost indescribable!). I think I will be looking out for it, though. I like books which set out to be ambitious and fail much more than books with a narrow remit, however successfully they fill it...

I've just been looking at comments on Mary Butts' work, and I was very intrigued by what you said about Armed with Madness ("Unequivocally oddest book I've read all year - about which I am hopelessly ambivalent and can't make up my mind whether to class in clunkers or top five). Could you tell me more?

I was looking her up because I'm currently reading Patrick Wright's "The village that died for England" - it's a very interesting examination of the way that the English countryside has been perceived over the last 150 years or so, focused on part of Dorset (Mary Butts' came up because that's where Armed with Madness and some of her other books are set).

I just uploaded the cover of Pfaff's biography of M.R. James, and noticed that you had tagged it "no cover art". So I thought I'd let you know that there is now cover art available!
Hope you don't mind if I exert some voyeurism over your library - it looks very fascinating.
Nice to see someone else that likes Anne Carson. I have been meaning to read Marguerite Yourcenar but have yet to locate any of her books (I am waiting for a Bookmooch opportunity!)


Oh yeah, and also Nicaragua (or is it Honduras?)
I was looking at your world reading map on the Reading Globally page, and noticed you had Slovakia turned red. I was just wondering what you had read from there, and if it was worth a look.

The picture is very striking. I like the other pieces as well, but i think this one is approriate for librarything.

David Perrings
Could you tell me about the picture in your profile ?

david perrings
Thank you for the message on the Kis page! It's taking a little longer than I thought, but I should be done by the end of the week.
Thanks, I'll order it!
I see you have Richard E. Goodkin's Around Proust; would you recommend it? I'm currently reading Proust, and it looks like it might be interesting.
Thank you for the lovely comment! It's always nice to come across people who have not just similar books but books on a similar range of subjects. Glad you found the links useful!
Just posted a couple of links on the Girlybooks group for you. I like the range of books we share - Re/search and Julian Cope on one hand and Jane Eyre on the other - and lots in between. Like your pic too! Anne
We share the Rubayyat and the Wine Course: What a exciting combination!
Thanks. I'll look forward to your posts wherever and whenever they occur on LT!
Happy listening to Radio 3 too!

Good to hear that there are listeners from across the world - easy to do these days with streaming media and the BBC "Listen Again" service. It will be good to compare notes about these broadcasts.
It's nice to meet somebody else who loves Hagiwara Sakutaro. (I saw your Google Groups posting just now. Unfortunately, eromsted also "owns" Howling at the Moon, so it doesn't show up on my "You and None Other" list...)

One of my favourite poets is Tamura Ryuichi, who died in 1998, I think. There's a book of his poetry out by a press in Palo Alto. He led me to Sakutaro - figuratively, of course.
What a delight to discover that someone else enjoys the wit of Thomas Love Peacock.
Never thought I'd run across another fan of Zagajweski's poems. Jeffrey
Wow, someone else who has James Elkins' Pictures and Tears, the Oxford Book of Ghost Stories, and Adam Phillips! Some very cool overlaps.

(And is that Marie Therese as in "Marie Theres', wie gut Sie ist"?)
hey marie therese: the jane eyre was a birthday present from my mum... it's absolutely gorgeous. i sometimes think that paula rego, anne carson, sally potter & a couple of others are manifestations of my subconscious (not in a self-obsessed way, but because their work seems so particular & so strikingly different from the mass of what's out there). hope you enjoy the blog -- it's a little irregular but entertaining. tell me about the pic!!!
We share YES, just wanted to say hi. Also share a love of Anne Carson, and agree with Sarah Laughs about the photo.
We share some interesting books!
I can't stop looking at your photo. It's the most amazing thing.
Howdy Marie Therese-

There are others who have more books in common with me, but you have more "Books That Matter" in common with me.

Have a good Life,

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