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Member: moiraji

CollectionsYour library (450), To read (81), All collections (450)

Reviews89 reviews

Tagsnonfiction (119), (92), tbr (77), fiction (64), series (43), characterization (41), science fiction (38), America (29), worldbuilding (26), history (23) — see all tags

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About meI am a bibliophibian. ;)

About my libraryXIV.

Here is the book
the dog-eared page
the ribbon and the note

Here is the plot
the archetype
the saucy little quote

Here is the heft
the smell of ink
the crinkle and the sweep

Here is the world
the character
the company I keep


what my ratings mean:


Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
-Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
-Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Walden: Reading, 1854

4---great stuff

When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it.
-Marie de Sevigne

3---worth reading

I have read your book and much like it.
-Moses Hadas (1900 - 1966)

2---mind candy

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
-Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832), Lacon, 1820

1---waste of time

Reading this book is like waiting for the first shoe to drop.
-Ralph Novak


I read part of it all the way through.
-Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)

The covers of this book are too far apart.
-Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
-Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

GroupsHistory at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture

Favorite authorsChinua Achebe, C. J. Cherryh, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner, Nikolai Gogol, Franz Kafka, Patrick O'Brian (Shared favorites)

Locationthe other San Diego Zoo

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/moiraji (profile)
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Member sinceFeb 19, 2008

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Moiraji-dear, are you still here? There is a group called Le Salon du Faulkner that you might enjoy. IT is having a group read of Light in August at the moment. I hope to participate.
In any event, Happy New Year to all of you!
No, Shnoosle. I didn't even really notice the hair. It's your face. You look like a pixie! (Aren't those a kind of deamon, too?)
Hehe, what stePH said about your rating system. And I like YOUR pic, elfin. :)
I *LOVE* your ratings system; the quotes are awesome -- particularly for the lower end of the scale.
Thanks for joining!
Adorable profile pic, Mia! Also love the quotes that illustrate your ratings.
Hi, I just joined this site. I noticed that you're interested in parenting books. Have you read The Ultimate Guide for Stay at Home Parents? Here's a link:
Liked your review of The Trial.
You've been quiet. Don't want to disturb. But your friends are waiting when you are less busy!
I see :)

Well, I am still rooting for you! Talk to you in December, if not before!
You wanted to know my thoughts on THE WORLD WITHOUT US:
"read it", "don't miss it", and "5 stars".

A remarkable book, and well written too! Sobering, fascinating, depressing... like watching a train wreck in progress. You know there will be carnage but riveted, you can't take your eyes away. Certain passages even made me gasp out loud. Sadly, I can't say I'm very encouraged that earth can survive the havoc mankind has wrought upon it.

I've learned a lot from it, and feel it should be required reading for everyone.

I liked your review of Watership Down so now I'm wandering around and checking out the rest of your books. :)
BTW, great quotes to illuminate your rating system!
Lol, moiraji! I'm not sensitive on matters such as that. Love the picture; if I were the coveting type...but I'll limit myself to impressed appreciation!
Ah. Very kind of you to offer such a captivating book to your sister for a first read!
I take your comment to mean you just read my June 16 endorsement of The Last Lion now? Well, just make sure to read Volume I Visions of Glory before Volume II Alone, in case it isn't clear. Boy were those two books wonderful.

Silver Nutmeg Graters -- thanks for asking! What was the question?

Lovely book on, well, its pretty self-explanatory. They are decorative items, collectible, some in museums. There must be a reason I own this book (?) I am interested in general in objects d'art. And also, it was a gift.

If you look at my art books, I also have books on Chinese porcelains, Kachina dolls, ceramics,snuff bottles,rugs. Many of these originated with stellarwoman. Though we each brought many books of painting and sculpture to the marriage.
Hi moiraji -- upon further checking I can confirm that The World Lit Only By Fire was poorly received. Too bad. In the LT Medieval group, the book is decidedly unpopular.
World Without Us:

I bought it 2 days ago & won't be able to get to it for a few weeks at the ealiest. The author was interviewed on NPR this winter & was so fascinating, I put the book on my "to buy" list. It came out in paperback this month: Costco had it for $8.99, so I snapped it up.

I meant to comment earlier. Moers' City ... has arrived! I have a work trip away next week and I'll be taking it with me along with the August Babbler. I hope to finish both (it shouldn't be a strenuous trip in any way ... there should be plenty of reading time).
I checked, and I see what you mean. Many people hated it. I'm surprised that the author of such good books could have written one that so offended people. Perhaps,as one reviewer suggests, this is not his period and he ventures too far from his area of knowledge. I'll let you know my reactions if I read it, though there are a lot of books in the queue!
I have yet to read it. In fact, I just acquired it two weeks ago at the local library sale. However, I love Manchester's books. He is thorough, and thoroughly interesting. His duology (unfinished trilogy) about the life of Churchill, The Last Lion, is a favorite of mine. I would even apply the overused "magesterial" to it. Sadly, he had a stroke before he could complete volume three. If you haven't read it, you have a treat in store.

Anyway, A World Lit Only By Fire looks very enticing too. Have you read it by chance?
I have a copy of City of Dreaming Books, Surtac. I need to actually read it (I'm so behind) and then I can pass it your way...

That would be truly wonderful, Moira-ji. I've been looking for it ever since Mule mentioned it on the (old) board, but I've never managed to find a copy - even in our library system. Sometimes, Oz is just too far away ...
Yes, I'm a supper Dunnett fan. I was collecting all the hardbacks but times changed so I finished the series form the library. Finished [Master and Commander] last week and had to put a hold on [Post Captain] at the library. Meanwhile, I'm supposed to be rereading The Faded Sun books. and Need to finish that Firefly ebook someone recommended. A muchness of riches here.
I, too, have radical domicile dreams if I ever win the lottery. However, instead of one large structure I will have dozes of small ones scattered across an enormous piece of land with interconnecting passageways, walks and lanes (or bridges for some of the water based ones). Each will be unique and gem-like in its perfection.

I think that poetry is the densest form of written communication we have. I love it and hope to return to writing it one day.

Thank you exceedingly for visiting my library, moira-ji.

Moria-ji, please disreguard the aelithtourblanc account. I'm back home.
Hello, love!
I'm intrigued by your amazing library! Thanks for showing me this site
I know, cyberspace is jam packed with 'owners' not wanting their borders interrupted ;-)
But hopefully there's some hospitality or unclaimed space left, yet.

If the conversation cannot be jointly conducted I'm still glad to be able to listen in - with your permission, of course.
On the contrary, I awake from my slumber! I PM'd you on Shejidan about transferring the conversation to foster input from other interested parties. I will act upon receiving your response.
Oh, I am interrupting an intense discussion, with nothing more to say than
SQUEEEE!, too. :)
Moiraji, some topics are harder than others to discuss by posting, and this feels like one of them -- just because it is so complex, and puzzling, and fascinating, and important. But I am very glad you sent me that because, while I am very concerned about related topics and implications of this body of work, I had not been familiar with this stuff specifically.

I am reeling from that Edwards article about Pike's work. Forever, I have been concerned about human rationality, its limits, its nature, its relation to language, what piece of human consciousness rationality represents. I find appealing the recoiling from Chomsky's proposal of inherent preprogrammed logic and grammatical potential, not because it is implausible, but because of its distance from people and human experience.

I was going to remark on an implication of Pike's ideas -- one related to our discussion of tags -- but then there it was at the end of the article. It was that if think about ourselves from the perspective of emic/etic, we stand in both relations to ourselves. So that as we make tags to label our books -- or to label how we see the world -- our tag-making is not just the emic/insider view of our world-labeling process. Limited in our self knowledge, we make a stab at conveying an accurate emic understanding of our view of the world, but we necessarily fall short, are inaccurate, are limited by subjectivity and blindness and humanness. And also, our tag-making can be seen as something of an etic attempt to label what is inside with some sense of accuracy and analysis and specialist skills -- we as specialists or scientists on the matter of our perceptions, classificatory tendencies, and worldview.

Phew. Thanks for that -- please keep sending me the results of your ambling through this territory!

“have you ever spent much time following this direction?”

Not specifically perhaps, but I am VERY familiar with the process of following my fancy into whatever direction it may take me. That IS my life! (Or one tag I would use to label my life!! LOL)
Hello to you too, Moira-ji. ^^
Mia-ji, what is the article you & Star are discussing? (About the Internet, drop-down menus, reality, & representation). I would like to read it!
"Certainly I find it a slippery line between seeing something for what it is, if there is objective reality there, and seeing something subjectively for what it means to me"

Very true. For me the article made me more aware of how much others define external reality on the internet, which I find alarming. Each new technology presents opportunities for greater chioce and greater control by others. Those drop down menus could make you believe that those really ARE the relevant choices.

I always want to preserve the possibility of "D-- none of the above!"

Please keep reminding me of this stuff -- it's important!
M-ji, I adore your reviews. What fun they are to read. But howsomever they make me sad that we cannot discuss these books in RL - I'd love to sit around the kitchen table with you and our other salads and chat for days about our favorites.
YES! Yes yes ah yes, it is working now. Thanks for being my librarything friend!
Well in some respects you ARE my friend. When I look at connection news on my page it shows me books you have recently entered, as well as those others who do show up as friends on my profile page have entered. So I think this is done, just waiting on the paperwork. As it were.
I hate these gremlins. On my profile it still says your friendship is pending! when I know so well that is not true at all.
Well, Busifer has pointed out that things sometimes slow down here because of so much traffic. We'll just give it all the time it takes.
And it is lovely to have you here!
Moiraji-ji, you still haven't accepted me as your friend, at least, according to my place you are still pending....
Wow! Fascinating article. Thank you. I think about these issues all the time,(I am involved in classification in numerous ways) but had never read or thought about how it relates to the internet. Classification; the notion that we construct the world or that significance comes from our attributions; that humans are meaning-makers; that there is a comfort in the classifications offered up by the world -- in the very idea of a pre-made system, though these are usually if not always flawed: I am always chewing these thing over.

I love to archive and to classify in a way that pleases me. I find it wonderful that I can arrange my books on my shelf as I wish, and that the choices I made in so doing reflect something about how I see my books and how I see the world.

I am struggling to remember the exact quote, but Borges said something along the lines of "Any act of placing books on a shelf requires classifying choices."

Here, very much in the spirit of the Shirky article, tags are without limit and you are free to put your own stamp on the world.

As I look at my tags (as I frequently do) or more visually, as I look at my tag cloud, I am amazed at the feeling that I have created an image of myself, of the way I see the world, of what interests me. I have considered framing my tag cloud (when I am finally "done" (Ha!) entering all my books/tags). It could be titled "One Representation of Me"

And there is no theoretical limit to the number of self-representations I may have, save the time to imagine them.
Hi Moiraji! So nice to see you here. I look forward to sharing libraries!

Looking at your tags so far, I'm guessing you will be someone with many. I am a big tagger, especially with my nonfiction.
Yes, I think you will. You know, you don't need to have the physical copy of the book at hand to enter things. Most of what I put in I did from memory.
what fun to have you here too! I see no reason why this can't reflect your virtual library, since you don't tend to hoard the physical copies.
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