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CollectionsYour library (1,025)

Reviews154 reviews

Tagspoetry (181), Detective fiction (107), African American literature (60), British fiction (58), American fiction (53), Signed by author (38), Literary criticism (34), Teaching (32), Christianity (32), Philosophy (28) — see all tags

MediaNot set (16), Book (1,009), Paper Book (878), Audiobook (3)

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About me

I write poetry, novels, screenplays, and a blog.

About my libraryIt's an eclectic assembly of books, authors, and topics, even as tags and clouds show preferences, obsessions, and distractions. Poetry comes first, but beyond that, I like books: detective fiction, African American literature, canonical fiction, obscure fiction, essays, languages, philosophy, theology, Swedish literature, religions, gardening, et alia. I'm an English professor, scholar, fiction-writer, and poet, so these vocations inform my library. Quirky books on arcane subjects are most welcome, as are arcane books on quirky subjects. I'm drawn to old paperbacks of almost any kind--the pulpier, the better. Can Library Thing bring order to the vortex of books that has accompanied my life? That is the question. As Al Davis (an English major) of the Oakland Raiders is alleged to have said once, "Just read, baby." Most of my books were recently paroled from storage; slowly they're finding their way to the LT catalogue.

My ratings of books are high for two main reasons: I tend not to hang on to books that I dislike intensely, and I know how hard it is to write a book--any book. If I give a book three stars, then I probably won't be in a hurry to read it again. Four stars mean the book is at least very good; sometimes they mean that I recognize the book is great but that it may simply not be the kind of book I treasure. For example, Alexander Pope was a great poet, a superb verse-technician, but I truly enjoy very little of his work. Five stars mean I think the book is excellent, and I usually have great affection (if for varying reasons) for most (but not all) of the five-star books.

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Groups18th Century British Literature, Baker Street and Beyond, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Bloggers, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Early Reviewers, EmilyDickinson, Favorite Bookstores, Felony & Mayhem Pressshow all groups

Favorite authorsW. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Coleman Barks, Matsuo Basho, Wendy Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, John le Carré, Constantine Cavafy, John Cheever, Anton Chekhov, Edmund Crispin, Countee Cullen, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Rudolph Fisher, Graham Greene, Dag Hammarskjöld, Dashiell Hammett, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A. E. Housman, Langston Hughes, P. D. James, Randall Jarrell, Robinson Jeffers, Pär Lagerkvist, Jay Macpherson, Henning Mankell, Claude McKay, Josephine Miles, Fae Myenne Ng, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Jack Olsen, Hans Ostrom, Blaise Pascal, V. S. Pritchett, Arnold Rampersad, Thomas Sanchez, Dorothy L. Sayers, Karl Shapiro, Georges Simenon, Stevie Smith, Stephen Spender, Benedictus de Spinoza, Rex Stout, Leo Tolstoy, Gore Vidal, Eudora Welty, Alan Williamson, Garry Wills (Shared favorites)


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LocationPacific Northwest

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URLs /profile/ostrom (profile)
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Member sinceNov 19, 2007

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