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Member: Mr_Square

Book tastes

My Librarything collection is up to date (as you may be able tell upon inspection: I always include the “date added,” and I like to look at my library “autobiographically,” as I’ve collected them over the years). The recipient, being Mr_Square himself, is an incorrigible Harold Bloom/Western Canon fanboy. He acknowledges and admits it, even in a spirit of guilt, since great literature--great art in general--ranges far BEYOND the Western Canon, or any list authorized by a small group (a cult, as it were) of people. In my last SantaThing (which was several years ago) I had great luck! I received Flatland, which was a GENIUS play upon my username, and a very good book to boot. I also received Gödel, Escher, Bach, which is a fascinating look at the intersections of art and science. Lately I have been interested in finding a truly great biography of one of the great composers. I sat and listened to Beethoven’s Fifth (with the totally inimitable Carlos Kleiber conducting the Vienna Philharmonic) a couple days ago, and it just about blew my mind. How can an individual compose a musical idea that is so perfect, so new, so beautiful?

Don't get this!

Please do not get me any of the late, great American authors! I am a Library of America subscriber and I love their slip-cased editions. They send me a new book about every month and I never know what it will be. I would like to collect most of them. Consequently, that ends up excluding a lot of great American reads from my wish list.

Other notes

That’s about it. Thank you LibraryThing, for implementing this interesting program! It has been several years since the last time I participated, but I definitely enjoyed it. I really appreciate your thoughtful consideration of my library and preferences. Thank you!


United States

Santa: Select books from Amazon.com

Store: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com)

Amount to spend: $35.00 USD

KateBaxter's picks so far.

978-1520640https://www.amazon.com/Consolation-Philosophy-Boethius-Illustrated/dp/1520640021/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543552835&sr=1-22The Consolation of Philosophy4.99
978-0618054https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Anguish-Triumph-Jan-Swafford/dp/061805474X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543553106&sr=1-1Beethoven: Anguish & Triumph28.96

Secret Santa

Mr_Square's Secret Santa is KateBaxter. Help KateBaxter pick the right book.


xenophon: Harold Bloom loves to praise Ian Watt, especially his ‘Rise of the Novel’, Watt’s literary history of 16/17C. For an interesting music biography/appreciation Ian Bostridge’s ‘Schubert’s Winter Journey’ is extraordinary. (Sat, 24 Nov 2018 10:25:14 -0500)

lorannen: Done. (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:46:12 -0500)

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