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?
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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.
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!
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)
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