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Member: pensivepoet

CollectionsYour library (880), Currently reading (1), Favorites (3), All collections (876)

Reviews16 reviews

Tagsnonfiction (340), fiction (152), psychology (97), sociology (91), women's studies (79), philosophy (73), mental illness (57), medicine (50), psychiatry (50), memoir (44) — see all tags

MediaBook (880), Paper Book (872)

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About me"It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.” ― Oscar Wilde

"When I think of heaven (Deliver me in a black-winged bird)
I think of flying down into a sea of pens and feathers and
All other instruments of faith and sex and God in the belly of a black winged bird."-Counting Crows

"She had an avidity for the forbidden wordsymbols; an insatiable appetite for the sound of them on his tongue and her own. She revealed the terrible and impersonal curiosity of a child about forbidden subjects and objects; that rapt and tireless and detached interest of a surgeon in the physical bodies and its possibilities."- William Faulkner
Like most humans in rock culture I had a wildly misspent youth riding around in cars with boys.
Followed by a wildly variable college experience.
Culminating with a day life and night life alternating between alternative culture and having an overdeveloped social conscience. (Translation: My best friends are tattoo artists not academics. But, I much prefer volunteer work to staying out drunk all night.)

I may or may not be a future doctor. Depending largely on how circumstances of my life resolve.

My academic background is mostly concentrated in the "Hard" Sciences, Psychology and Philosophy. (As you can maybe tell from my library.)

I've also at some point: driven a moving truck, worked as a bartender, tutored biology to the ungrateful and crisis counseled (mental illness, chemical addictions and rape).

I'm mostly a shy agrammatical booknerd into classical and heavy metal music. One of those poemwriting-hang-out-in-a-stairwell types but grown-up. As a fun factoid bonus --> culturally I'm a Chilean-Italian NYorker. Sometimes it shows in my literature selections.

I've found a new quote from browsing LibraryThing that I feel applies:

“My library is not a single beast but a composite of many others, a fantastic animal made up of the several libraries built and then abandoned, over and over again, throughout my life. I can’t remember a time in which I didn’t have a library of some sort. The present one is a sort of multilayered autobiography, each book holding the moment in which I opened it for the first time. The scribbles on the margins, the occasional date on the flyleaf, the faded bus ticket marking a page for a reason today mysterious, all try to remind me of who I was then. For the most part, they fail. My memory is less interested in me than in my books, and I find it easier to remember the story read once than the young man who then read it.”
-Alberto Manguel

About my libraryMy library encompasses my love of literature, memoir, gender studies, biology, microbiology, oral history, theoretical physics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, poetry, neurology, medicine and genuine interest in lived first person experience.

LT-ER Tag = Book featured on/or obtained through the Early Reviewer program.

May add other ARC's in future. Undecided.

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, ARC Junkies, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Graduate Students, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), New Yorkers City, Philosophy of Science, Queer and Trans Lit, Readers Who Write

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Natalie Angier, Kate Bornstein, e. e. cummings, Marguerite Duras, Barbara Ehrenreich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michel Foucault, Jean Genet, James Gleick, Ernest Hemingway, Kay Redfield Jamison, Barbara Kingsolver, James Howard Kunstler, Wally Lamb, Toni Morrison, Chuck Palahniuk, Sylvia Plath, Robert D. Putnam, Anne Rice, Hubert Selby, Jr., Leonard Shlain, Amy Tan, Michelle Tea, Alvin Toffler, Michael Ventura, Jeanette Winterson, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameThis is a complicated question.

LocationSF, CA

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/pensivepoet (profile)
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Member sinceSep 19, 2008

Currently readingNot Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done by Mick Ebeling

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