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TagsAmerican fiction (259), English fiction (137), Crime (66), Short Stories (64), History (54), Spies (46), Biography (41), Memoir (40), Essays (40), French fiction (39) — see all tags

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About meI am a Californian; born in 1953. I am watching the deterioration of American democracy from my home (aka The Custerdome) in San Diego, which I share with my German wife and our two cats. I was living in Berlin on 9/11. My user name is taken from the novel Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer.

I believe that all literary prizes are bunk. Case in point: passed over by the Nobel committee -- Joyce, Kafka, Proust, Nabokov, Calvino, Borges, Woolf, Tolstoy, Orwell -- to name a few.

About my libraryTruth be told, I'm a slow reader. Not long ago, I decided to stop buying books and just get them from the library if I can, so some of the books I've added to the list lately aren't physically in our home. We've simply run out of room. The only reason I would buy a larger home is so we can have more books.

I feel compelled to point out that my modest library reflects what I have actually read, or have on my "virtual" shelf waiting to be read. Unrated books are the latter, or I just can't remember how much I liked or disliked it. (Actually, to list all the books I'd like to read would just depress me. Remember, I'm a slow reader...)

GroupsAmerican Postmodernism, San Diego Bibliophiles

Favorite authorsEric Ambler, Jane Austen, Julian Barnes, Jorge Luis Borges, T. C. Boyle, Italo Calvino, John le Carré, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Conrad, Len Deighton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, James Joyce, Ken Kesey, Peter Matthiessen, Thomas McGuane, A. A. Milne, Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, Charles Portis, Thomas Pynchon, C. J. Sansom, George Saunders, W. G. Sebald, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, Alan Watts, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

LocationSan Diego, CA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 29, 2006

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