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About meI'm a native Nebraskan from the Great Plains, which is where the American West begins. Traveling west on Interstate 70 in Kansas, the landscape alters noticeably, as the vast rolling hills of the high plains come into view for the next 200 miles or so. When you come to U.S. Highway 77 you have in fact reached "my street," and if you turn to the right and drive north for about an hour, you come to Alcove Springs, near a famous ford on the Oregon Trail close to Marysville, Kansas, and cross about fifteen minutes later into Nebraska, where in another twenty minutes you'd come to the actual stretch of road in Beatrice, across from the Court House, that I lived on during my years in junior and senior high school.
About my libraryMuch of my library lay in storage for over ten years. Then, moving to another city, I came across Library Thing on the Internet and was taken with its scope and concept. I resurrected my sunken library, box by box, after seasons of their growing musty or being damaged in storage. At first, I thought fifty to a hundred carefully selected books could jump-start a sufficient connection between me and my books, and, after so many years, serve to get the current flowing as before. What I failed to foresee was what sparks such as these would generate and set in motion. Picture, if you will, the undersea site of some huge sunken ship (out of respect, not the Titanic, but something very sizable and left largely intact). What I'd unwittingly devolved into over the recurring cycles of years was akin to making occasional salvage runs to find and, if lucky, retrieve items thought to be there. Now envision also, that as the initial connecting sparks flashed and energy returned to encrusted lines and cables, the engines revived, lights flickered and came back on, gears creaked as they moved haltingly, and gigantic rusty shafts turned and began to drive; and instead of only the tiny search vehicle bubbling its way back from the dark depths beneath it, the whole ship arose drifting upward, broke through the waves on the surface of the sea, and started to sail once more. That's what finding Library Thing has been like for me.
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Favorite authorsAnna Akhmatova, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Steven Bach, Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, Walter Benjamin, Nikolai Berdyaev, Sven Birkerts, Joseph Brodsky, Jacob Bronowski, Jerome Bruner, Robert Brustein, Martin Buber, James Cagney, Elias Canetti, Ernst Cassirer, Constantine Cavafy, Dick Cavett, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Erwin Chargaff, Anton Chekhov, Harold Clurman, Joseph Conrad, Jill Ker Conway, Noel Coward, E. E. Cummings, Charles Darwin, Annie Dillard, Desiderius Erasmus, Oriana Fallaci, Theodor Fontane, Sigmund Freud, José Ortega y Gasset, Ira Gershwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Erving Goffman, William Goldman, Frederick C. Grant, Vasily Grossman, Jim Harrison, Moss Hart, William Least Heat-Moon, Erich Heller, Robert Henri, Hermann Hesse, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Victor Hugo, Karl Jaspers, Sidney M. Jourard, Tony Judt, Elia Kazan, Helen Kazantzakis, Nikos Kazantzakis, Alfred Kazin, Sam Keen, Stanley Keleman, Soren Kierkegaard, Hans Küng, Arthur Laurents, Gene Lees, Karl Mannheim, Thomas Mann, Gabriel García Márquez, Floyd W. Matson, Czesław Miłosz, Michel de Montaigne, James Muilenburg, Robert Musil, Pablo Neruda, Friedrich Nietzsche, Blaise Pascal, Boris Pasternak, Frederick S. Perls, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marilynne Robinson, William Saroyan, Stacy Schiff, Harold C. Schonberg, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, John D. Sheridan, Konstantin Stanislavskij, Paul Tillich, Ivan Turgenev, Mark Twain, Kenneth Tynan, Miguel de Unamuno, Simone Weil, Walt Whitman, Ludwig Wittgenstein, P. G. Wodehouse, Irvin D. Yalom (Shared favorites)
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Real nameGene Ruyle
LocationLawrenceville, Georgia (U.S.A.)
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceMar 6, 2011
Currently readingThe Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Mary S. Lovell
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