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About me"I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there's a pair of us?
Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one's name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!" - Emily Dickinson

And as a Nobody, I aspire to be a Nothing...

(anecdote from In Through The Labyrinth, by Peter Occhiogrosso)

"The highest rabbi of the city...comes to the synagogue on High Holy Days. When the Ark is opened he kneels down, prostrates himself, and says,'O, Lord,Thou art everything, I am nothing.' The local rabbi sees the big rabbi doing this, so he kneels down beside him and says, 'O, Lord, Thou art everything, I am nothing.'
The Cantor sees both of them, he kneels down and says, O Lord, Thou art everything, I am nothing.'
Then the little janitor - the shammash, the smallest officer in the entire establishment- sees what's going on. He kneels down and says 'O Lord, Thou art everything, I am nothing.'
So the cantor pokes the rabbi and says, 'Look who thinks he's a nothing!'"

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Books which formed my worldview:

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
Darwin Among the Machines
Understanding Media
Explaining Hitler
The Brothers Karamazov
Lark Rise to Candleford

And this story by Chekov, which has haunted me for almost half a century:

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Groups50 Book Challenge, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Bully's Tavern, Famous voluminous novels, Infinite Jesters, Le Salon des Amateurs de la Langue, Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple, The Chapel of the Abyss, Tropic of Ideas, Virago Modern Classics

Favorite authorsCharles Baudelaire, Elizabeth Bowen, Barbara Comyns, Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Lawrence Durrell, John Galsworthy, Robert E. Howard, Jack Kerouac, Tanith Lee, H. P. Lovecraft, W. Somerset Maugham, Iris Murdoch, Douglas Preston, Frederic Prokosch, Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Taylor, Alexander Theroux, Flora Thompson, Henry David Thoreau, Violet Trefusis, H. G. Wells, Antonia White (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAuthors Books and Music, Books in Stock, Books On The Avenue, Books, Books, Books, Bounce Back Books, City Books, Eljay's Used Books, Half Moon Books (Kingston, NY), Inquiring Mind, Lyrical Ballad Bookstore, Mondragon Bookstore, Old Saratoga Books, Our Bookstore (Saugerties, NY), Paradox Books, Riverow Bookshop, The Bibliobarn, Title Wave Books - Midtown Store, Webster's Bookstore Café

Favorite librariesAnchorage Public Library - Z. J. Loussac Public Library, Ohio County Public Library

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