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Tagsenglish literature (75), american literature (30), french literature (29), spirituality (21), aesthetics (20), philosophy (19), art of living (11), beat generation (10), herbalism (9), divination (9) — see all tags

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About meI am a single woman living in Illinois. I am fortunate to live in a quiet semi-rural area where I can turn to the beauties of the natural world for spiritual sustenance and inspiration. I try to base my existence on ideas of slowness, contemplation, inner luxury, and poetic perception. I have a particular fondness for fin-de-si├Ęcle artists and writers, and I am always trying to learn from their aesthetic insights. I am also an admirer of Gaston Bachelard and value his work on creative imagination and poetic reverie. I have several ridiculously arcane ambitions, including cultivating chyrsanthemums in the best tradition of a Chinese sage, memorizing as many of Les Fleurs du Mal as I can manage (4 down, 160 to go), and practicing an authentic Epicurean lifestyle (the original Themista was one of the most prominent followers of Epicurus, and she authored a book entitled the Vanity of Glory). I spend my leisure time crafting jewelry, listening to blues, pondering the mystery of the Tao, reading obscure and recondite books, and chasing chimeras. And I like to drink tea.

"One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead."--Oscar Wilde

About my libraryI enjoy studying Elizabethan drama, Romantic poetry, Stoic and Epicurean philosophy, and fin-de-siecle artists and writers.

GroupsAwful Lit., French Connection, Gothic Literature, Japanese Culture, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Tea!, The Chapel of the Abyss

Favorite authorsGaston Bachelard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jack Kerouac, John Cowper Powys, Marcel Proust, William Shakespeare, Henry David Thoreau, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)



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Member sinceNov 20, 2007

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