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CollectionsYour library (7,471), Arendt: Works (168), Currently reading (2), All collections (7,471)

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Tags20c (3,865), political theory (2,870), united states (2,524), philosophy (2,494), history (2,436), europe (2,170), germany (1,332), 19c (1,293), britain (955), politics (859) — see all tags

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About meI'm a professor of political theory at the University of Chicago and a compulsive maker of lists. I probably spend more time reading books than pursuing them, but just barely.

About my library• Mostly a working scholarly library, centered on the humanities and humanistic social sciences, especially political theory and political science, philosophy, Marxism and critical social theory, modern (particulary 20th-century) European and American political, social, cultural, and intellectual history, radical politics, classics and ancient history, Judaica, literary theory and criticism, and art history. Also includes the expected assortment of novels, poetry, cookbooks, travel guides, and other merit badges of the late modern bourgeoisie.

• What I'm collecting these days: neglected classics of twentieth-century social and political thought in early editions; Arendtiana; runs of some leftish political and literary periodicals. And anything else I can't resist.

• About the "Arendt: Works" collection: this includes books and pamphlets published under Hannah Arendt's name, as well as periodicals in which her articles and reviews appear, conference proceedings in which she is represented, books she edited at Schocken, posthumously published material from her archive, etc. -- but not books about her and her work. For that, see the tag "Arendt."

• Turn-ons: crisp text printed from metal type, decent gutters, sewn bindings, handfeel. Turn-offs: digitally printed books, paperbacks longer than 300 pages or so. Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci.

• Nope, I haven't read them all.

• The library was founded in 1987, when Leslie Lipson, then a professor emeritus of Political Science at Berkeley who was teaching my freshman seminar, handed me a couple of spare desk copies of good books that he had lying around his office and said: "I assume you'll be starting a library?"

• With the advent of LibraryThing Local, much of my list of "sources" has moved to "favorite bookstores." But that's mostly limited to bookstores that still exist. So here's a memorial to some favorite places now defunct, many of which were gone before LT Local came to be....

In memoriam: Acorn Books (San Francisco), Arlington Books (Arlington, MA), Avenue Victor Hugo (Boston, now online-only), Berkeley Book Consortium (Berkeley), the original Black Oak Books (Berkeley), The Bookcase (Cambridge, MA), The Bookcellar (Cambridge, MA), Canterbury Books (Cambridge, MA), Cartesian Books (Berkeley), Cody's Books (Telegraph Avenue, Fourth Street, and Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, and Union Square in San Francisco, which was a crappy idea to begin with), Columbus Books (San Francisco), Ex Libris (Chicago), Holmes Books (Oakland), House of Sarah Books (Cambridge, MA), Pangloss, in its various forms (Cambridge and Boston, MA), Prairie Avenue Books (Chicago), Rain Dog Books (Chicago, now in the suburbs), Serendipity Books (Berkeley), Starr Book Shop (Cambridge, MA, now online-only?), and Wordsworth (Cambridge, MA).

• What? I warned you about the lists.

GroupsChicagoans, Philosophy and Theory, The University of Chicago

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Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, 871 Fine Arts, After Word Books, Argosy Books, Atlantic Bookshop, Atticus Books, Avenue Victor Hugo, Bell's Books, Bibliomania, Black Oak Books - Berkeley, Black Swan Books, Blackwell's Oxford, Bolerium Books, Book Culture, Booklegger's Used Books, Bookman's Alley, Bookworks, Brattle Book Shop, Bryn Mawr Bookstore, Builder's Booksource, Caliban Bookshop, Cartesian Bookstore, Chicago Rare Book Center, Commonwealth Books, Dan Wyman Books, Inc, East Village Books & Records, Green Apple Books, Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Hackenberg Booksellers, Harvard Book Store, Harvard University Press Display Room, Henry Pordes Books, Jeff Maser, Bookseller, Koenig Books, Labyrinth Books, Labyrinth Books New Haven, Lame Duck Books, Lucy Parsons Center, McIntyre and Moore Booksellers, McNally Jackson Booksellers (New York), Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Moe's Books, Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago, Myopic Books, National Gallery Sainsbury Wing shop, O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers, Open Books, Pegasus Books, Pegasus Downtown, Pendragon Books, Powell's - Burnham Park, Powell's - Hyde Park, Powell's - Lakeview, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Prairie Avenue Bookshop, Printers Row Fine & Rare Books, Quinto & Francis Edwards Booksellers, Ravenswood Used Books, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Schoenhof's Foreign Books, Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Serendipity Books, Shakespeare & Co. Books, Skoob Books, Strand Bookstore, The Gallery Bookstore, Three Lives & Company, Turtle Island Book Shop, Twelfth Street Books, Unabridged Bookstore, University Press Books, Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, William Stout Architectural Books

Favorite librariesArt Institute of Chicago - Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Berkeley Public Library - Central Library, Boston Public Library, British Library, Doe Library - University of California, Berkeley, Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library - Harvard College Library, Hoover Institution Library - Stanford University, Howison Philosophy Library - University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Advanced Study - Historical Studies and Social Science Library, National Archives and Records Administration at College Park, New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York University - The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Princeton University - Firestone Library, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, Robert W. Woodruff Library (Emory University), Stevenson Library, Bard College, University of Chicago - Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago - William Rainey Harper Library, Vanderbilt University (Jean & Alexander Heard Library)

Homepagehttp://patchenmarkell.wordpress.com

Real namePatchen Markell

LocationChicago, Illinois, USA

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Member sinceOct 27, 2005

Currently readingThe Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York by Adam Gopnik

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Just looked at your library, or at least randomly sampled it. The only term that comes to mind is "wow."
http://librarybooklists.org/ Dear Patchen Markell,I noticed that you enjoy book lists.While most of these lists consist of fiction (titles)I thought you may enjoy them anyway -that is if you dont know of them already.As a former public librarian,I used these lists in our readers advisory service.Respectfully,Richard Ficek (FICEKRICHARD44)
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