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About me32-year-old antiquarian bookseller


Currently reading:
Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time of Gifts" [re-read]
Mikael Niemi's "Popular Music from Vittula"
Walker Percy's "The Moviegoer"

About my libraryIn catch-up mode after 3.5 years of neglect.

GroupsAntiquarian Books, Awful Lit., Banned Books, Bikes and Bicycles, Cycles, Cyclists and Bikers, Book Barn Goons, Booker Prize, Books Compared, Books on Books, Booksellers, Booksellers who LibraryThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsRenata Adler, Geoffrey Chaucer, J. P. Donleavy, Alexandre Dumas, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Tibor Fischer, Graham Greene, Lawrence Hill, Bohumil Hrabal, Aldous Huxley, Jerome K. Jerome, László Krasznahorkai, Czesław Miłosz, Vladimir Nabokov, Tim O'Brien, Freya Stark, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBookmark II, Brattle Book Shop, Carlson & Turner Books, Commonwealth Books, Crescent City Books, Dauphine Street Books, Raven Used Books, Schooner Books, Shakespeare and Company (Paris), The Harvard Coop, The Odd Book, The Word Bookstore, Titcombs Book Shop, Tombland Bookshop, Yes Books

Favorite librariesNew York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building


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Real namePhil Laugher

LocationHalifax, NS

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 4, 2005

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I see some interesting January 2012 book shopping!
Noticed you liked Fight Club, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed bunch of kids and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit.


Just have to say hi from the dark side. Love JWD's!
Almost finished with Thought Gang. Is it just me or does Eddie Coffin also remind you of Nicholson Baker? (If he was a Don in Philosophy at Oxford who embezzled and then became a bank robber. I don't know that Baker is a big drinker, either.)
Thanks. I just wish my LT catalog were better organized, and that I had scanned all the covers in at the time, etc.

Your review of Ham's book makes me curious. His theory may be false but it certainly is more whimsical--with all of the dinosaurs docily pattering onto the Ark, etc. (Or does he say that the ark people simply took eggs?) Wouldn't it be better to argue that the dinosaurs just didn't want to come, or wouldn't fit, etc., and that's why they died out?

Does Ham really claim that dinosaurs were alive at the time of the New Testament? Perhaps, by that time they were all living in the Congo or something.

I assume you know the answer to the old riddle: How many of each animal DID Moses take on the ark?
Man, I just wish I could get a closer look at all those Penguins in the background of your photo!
Welcome to Books Compared. Hope you'll join the discussion, and perhaps feel inspired to contribute your own comparison!
How did a 26 year old become an Antiquarian Bookseller. Nice gig! I have just started the Thought Gang and I really like it so far. Have you read Fischer's other novels? I think I will be. I read Musketeers earlier this year too!

P.S. Nice website.
It's nice to meet you! I look forward to exploring your books.
I see we both have Winchester's "Korea"; I bought it on impulse a while back, but haven't yet read it. If you haven't gotten ariound to "At the Tomb of the Inflatible Pig", I suggest you jump it to the head of your queue as it's highly entertaining; Gimlette alternates his current-day sojourn in Paraguay with the story of Eliza Lynch, the latter in a highly-effective serialized format.
Weird, that JWD guy is goon. Also, hello!
Had a blast looking through your catalog. Noticed we share a few favorites. Jonathan Swift, Albert Camus and the first two George Carlin books in particular caught my eye. Also noticed you enjoyed the Bill Hicks collection "Love All the People." Have you read "The Master and the Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov? It's a personal favorite of mine and it sounds like it would be right up your alley (that's an odd expression, now that I think of it. Oh well, no stopping now).

By the way, your profile photo is a gem.

Have a good one.
If you enjoyed South by Ernie Shackleton - which I see we share - you might enjoy a book that covers some of the same territory: "The Fatal Impact" by Alan Moorehead, it's about the exploration and eventual ruination of the Pacific by europeans. I read it a couple of weeks back and though it was bleedin' brilliant.
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