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CollectionsYour library (720), Currently reading (3), To read (359), Read but unowned (35), Favorites (79), Wishlist (135), All collections (883)

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About meIAM that IAM.


"I want to make a poem of my life" - Yukio Mishima


About my libraryCurrently Reading

50 Book Challenge 2014: 33/50 books (6373/10,000 pages)
50 Book Challenge 2013: 50/50 books (12,584/10,000 pages)

Recently Read

Lost Memory of Skin - Russell Banks
Miracle of the Rose - Jean Genet
MFA vs. NYC - Chad Harbach (ed.)
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Comfort and Critique - Peter Sotos
Insatiable - Asa Akira
The Tempest - William Shakespeare
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
Exploding the Gene Myth - Ruth Hubbard
The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare

"J'ai fait la magique étude
Du Bonheur, que nul n'élude."

- Arthur Rimbaud

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

- Richard Bach

"I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning."

- Aleister Crowley

"One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters … With wine, poetry, or virtue as you choose. But get drunk."

- Charles Baudelaire

"Most men will not swim before they are able to. Is not that witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown."

- Hermann Hesse

"...human beings possess the weapon of knowledge in order to make life bearable. For animals such things aren't necessary. Animals don't need knowledge or anything of the sort to make life bearable. But human beings do need something, and with knowledge they can make the very intolerableness of life a weapon, though at the same time that intolerableness is not reduced in the slightest. That's all there is to it."

- Yukio Mishima

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookMooching, Early Reviewers, English majors!, Entheogens, Erotica, INFJshow all groups

Favorite authorsKathy Acker, Georges Bataille, Charles Baudelaire, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Bukowski, Dennis Cooper, Aleister Crowley, Jonathan Evison, Jean Genet, Jim Harrison, Hermann Hesse, Harold Jaffe, Comte de Lautréamont, Henry Miller, Yukio Mishima, Dale Pendell, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, William Shakespeare, Peter Sotos, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Hunter S. Thompson, Saul Williams, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAdams Avenue Book Store, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Grossmont Ctr, Bluestocking Books, BOOKOFF San Diego, Books Kinokuniya - San Francisco, City Lights Books, Controversial Bookstore, Fifth Avenue Books, Maxwell's House of Books, Moe's Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Last Bookstore

Favorite publishersAkashic Books, Feral House, NYRB Classics, Tupelo Press, W.W. Norton

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Member sinceMar 27, 2007

Currently readingThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition by Sogyal Rinpoche
New Selected Poems by Philip Levine
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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His strong anti-Catholic stance in Portrait sickened me. Dubliners was at least entertaining in parts!

Nightmare Culture was great, I mean :D
wow, sorry this took so long to reply to... I dont see I have messages here. It was great!! So little writing on Lautremont!
Ah, the Pendell only made it on to my wishlist, but that's the first step.
I am indeed going to discuss 13 Girls. I also realized I have another Brottman book - I don't have the title in front of me but it's a Creation title (boo!hiss!) discussing cannibalism in cinema. Brottman's fascinating. I need to look into more of her work.

Chip from Nine Banded Books is good people.

I have not had a look at Home yet. I have a strange relationship with how I approach Sotos. I love him and he repels me and I skulk about, taking my emotional temperature, peeking around moral corners, until I can read him again. I just now looked up Home and saw the cover and my stomach clenched. But like Show Adult, I suspect I will never get my hands on a copy of Home. The Sotos book I want the most is Predicate and all the copies on Amazon are either slightly better than a pulped novel or are being sold by drop shippers. I am still hopeful, however.

I will definitely check out your review of Selfish, Little!

I have been told many times to read Delany and haven't yet. Let me know what you think of Hogg.
It has been some time since I read the novel, but it is a sort of more literary, less gushing On the Road. It's an interesting and entertaining read - as were the several novels I have read by Bolano. I hope you enjoy it!
No, it's an old screen name I used back when my family and I used to travel to Colorado on vacation a lot. I didn't even know there was a song by that name! lol
No, but it sounds like it would top off a "Cops" marathon quite nicely.
I found Libra interesting - at least when I read it in 1988 - with its meditations on the formation of the self (a jargony over-used phrase if ever there was one) - and in particular, the American [sense of] self. The idea that the prospect selfhood, like the untamed west, poses a task, something not set and given, but custom-wrought, wrested from the elements. For every Kennedy and Sinatra, for every famous glowing face and lives larger-than-life, there are free-ranging rootless naughts, the Oswalds, waiting for the walk-on bit that will verify them as men, for the script that will bring them into the picture "human, actual, social", as Henry James wrote. This is the substance of Libra, and for that it is worth wading through DeLillo's prose which gets a bit wearying after a dozen novels or so.
Which DeLillo are you reading? I had the opportunity to talk with him briefly when he was promoting Underworld.
Just seen your comment re: Tao Lin. Oh yes, I agree entirely. Is he still on my "favourite authors" list or something? I haven't updated that in about three years. I enjoyed his first novel, but he lost me somewhere along the way.
No - and worse still, I have moved twice since we spoke of it and it's buried somewhere in storage.
Yes, it will happen. Hopefully this year. This has been a strange few months for me online but I think the corner has been turned. I really like Jim Goad and think AM4 is one of the most misunderstood 'zines ever, condemned by people who never bothered to read it and take the outrage of 20 years ago as being valid. I would like to be a voice against that sort of crap so I will definitely take this back up when my e-coasts are clear.
Wish I owned it. It's on my Wishlist. I do have Pure, which I'm not parting with.
It's mostly virtual at this moment. All the tags "box xx" are lost. My ex and my daughter between them cost me the 3000 volumes I chose to keep from the 5700 I possessed when I needed to move from Texas to Long Island. The Great Moving Debacle of 2008, I call it. And two women screwed me out of a lot of books, and a lot of stuff.

Oh well. Honestly, most days it feels like a blessing. If I'm upset with one of them, it becomes an issue.

There are reasons I gave women up for Lent in 1990.

At any rate, shop through the shelves, anything that doesn't have a review feel free to ask, and have yourself a merry little Sunday.

Cheers, much good reading,
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