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CollectionsD's Shelves (1), Your library (340), Reading List 2016 (9), Currently reading (1), The Little Collection (39), Reading List 2015 (26), Reading List 2014 (31), Reading List 2013 (38), Reading List 2012 (36), Reading List 2011 (48), Reading List 2010 (51), Favorites (61), Poetry (23), Non-fiction (65), Literature (108), Canon Authors (60), Fantasy (97), Childrens Books (147), Romantic Suspense and Pulp Fiction (50), Read but unowned (13), All collections (523)

Reviews42 reviews

Tagsliterature (157), fantasy (84), American (72), young adult (62), British (60), American Girls Collection (49), non-fiction (38), historical fiction (36), kids (36), (26) — see all tags

MediaNot set (2), Book (521), Paper Book (496), Audiobook (3)

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About meWhat's to say? Northern Minnesota, frozen hands in winter, chairs by the woodstove, living on a run-down farm that used to be a hippie commune back in the day; walks in the countryside, swamps, bats, mosquitos, vegetation and foliage, the driveway turning to soup when it rains; a library with a flagstone floor, a wall of CDs in my bedroom, six cats, exquisite skylines, falling leaves....

My impressions. I read, I listen, I observe. In addition, I write.

My reviews are gathered together on the blog Pseudo-Intellectual Reviews:

About my libraryThis account is purely for the books I myself have read. I keep the "comments" section of my library in constant use, so if you want to know what I thought of anything, you don't even have to ask.

My list of "favorite authors" is highly selective. I don't add anyone until I've read multiple works by them and remained impressed. Exceptions: I'll add if I read the same work twice over or refuse if I have missed a critical part of the oeuvre (Beckett's prose, Miller's fiction).

I read literature (famous, forgotten, freakish or foreign - it's all of interest), history books, poetry, classic pulp, forgotten potboilers, literary criticism and can also handle philosophy in small doses.

Lastly, I don't like academics or any other people who suck the life and joy out of texts. I'm not going to read anything because of who wrote it or why - that is historical window dressing, good to know, but not a good reason to read. I do not adhere to a canon - I read from a sense of wonder and curiosity that is as likely to lead me to Sax Rohmer as Leo Tolstoy.

GroupsGothic Literature, The Diogenes Club

Favorite authorsCharlotte Armstrong, Paul Auster, Djuna Barnes, Richard Brautigan, Anton Chekhov, Emily Dickinson, Clare B. Dunkle, Lawrence Durrell, John Godwin, John Hawkes, Victor Hugo, D. H. Lawrence, Frans Masereel, Patricia A. McKillip, John Milton, Yukio Mishima, Joyce Carol Oates, Eugene O'Neill, Sax Rohmer, Sophocles, Anna Swir, Jean Toomer, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)



Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 18, 2007

Currently readingTales of the North by Jack London

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