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Member: Rood

CollectionsYour library (1,549)

Reviews24 reviews

TagsHistory (186), Frank Lloyd Wright (182), Architecture (131), Fine Arts: Architecture (123), Biography (118), Literature: Novel (107), Photography (87), Literature (50), Geology (48), North Dakota (46) — see all tags

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Create your own visited map of The United States or another interesting projectIntensely liberal, I champion the underdog, the despised victims of the greater society: all those who face discrimination ... racial "minorities", gay people, immigrants, the poor, infants subjected to genital mutilation (whether male or female), people who dissent, slaves (more today than ever in history). A vegetarian, I feel deeply for the suffering of the millions of animals, butchered for the delectation of the uncouth: those people who demonstrate no sympathy for the suffering of other living beings.

About my libraryAll listed books, but one, are in my possession and on my shelves. My collection is somewhat eclectic, but it is heavily weighted towards history and architecture, plus the arts in general, including photography.

Beginning at age 12-13, I discovered the work and philosophy of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and my book collection began in high school, when I acquired several of his works. Today I'm honoured to have books autographed by Wright and by Mrs. Wright, too. However, my collection is reflective of my intense interest in and thirst for the whole of life: from politics to glacial geology, geography, and history. The work of artists, architects, writers, musicians and composers thrills me to the core of my being. I value the books, prints, photographs, and those few paintings in my library over almost anything else in my life.

Religion is such a personal thing, that it puzzles me to find people attempting to fit their life and the lives of others into books that are thousands of year's old, books which have been constantly amended by individuals with a particular agenda, and then translated and retranslated until no one knows for certain what the original said, or what the authors really meant. And yet I find it intensely interesting to research the subject, as an aid in discovering clues which might shed light on subsequent events.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 40-Something Library Thingers, Alexander the Great, American Civil War, American History, Ancient History, Architext, Art is Life, Atheist Fiction, BBC Radio 3 Listenersshow all groups

Favorite authorsYukio Mishima (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Palm Valley Pavillions West, Borders - Phoenix - Camelback

Favorite librariesPhoenix Public Library - Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix Public Library - Desert Sage Library

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Real nameRood Andersson

LocationPhoenix, Arizona

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 20, 2008

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Hi Rood,

Thanks for your note Rood. I came across 'Under Arizona Skies' on the Early Reviews programme when it was included one month a couple of years ago. I was lucky enough to win a copy and really enjoyed it. I have a mainly passive interest in design and architecture, and I used to live in a small desert community in the Middle East (in the arid mainly yellow sandstone and occasional red granite Arava & Negev deserts - which visitors often compared to Arizona and Utah in landscape, albeit much much smaller in scale!) and so was intrigued to see how the Taliesin West apprentices approached their subject. I wrote a brief review of the book and gave it four stars. Have just read and thumbed your review, and was very interested to get your take on reading the book, as well as your extra detail given from the unique persepctive of one fortunate enough to have lived and studied there. It must have been a great experience!

All the best,

Thanks for the good wishes. Bill and I will be leaving for the Mayo on tuesday. I hope his treatments will not kee us away from home no longer than two weeks .. But only furthertests will tell.

We all seem to be around the same age though perhaps I may be two or three years older. Like you, In the recent past I also lost my younger brother (my only sibling). So far i haven outlasted my most immediate family in years ...... Perhaps we both stay young in heart beause our much younger partners keep us going : -)

I joined the Ancient History group on your recomendation. What I have read so far is intriguing and you comments about Jowett and Plato entice me to look more closely at the translation. Hopefully I be able to contribute when things sette down here.

I really love Librarthing mainly because i havecome across people like you. Sorry to have been so tardy with my response

Regards to you and Jim

Dear Rood,
Your e mail is intriguing. How nice of you to think of me andI am so happy that your excellent work will not have gone unnoticed. Perhaps you already have read the website entitled "Not-kansas" written by a fellow Librarything member. It is an excellent source for what it was like to have lived in NYC through the 60s and 70s. Here is the website:

As for me, I never knew of anyone who was truly liberated in my early years. Most young men I knew seemed to feel more secure in the closet. including myself.
I spent most of the 70s single, living on LI NY and just existing between my two main relationships. I did not truly liberate myself until later in my life. If you are interested I would be glad to give you some insight into my life. It my not be very intersting but I have some stories to share that I have never chronicled.

Unfortunately, I presently do not have a lot of time to spare for myself as my friend and partner Bill is dealing with prostate cancer and we will be making our second trip up to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Bill is 16 years younger than I and isn't all this supposed to be happening in reverse. Please know that his prognosis so far appears to be good. As an aside, we have been together for 30 plus years.

I am so fortunate to have run across you on Librarything. Good luck with everything you do. Thanks

Best regards,

Dear Rood,

How kind of you to reply and to say such nice things. Thank you. Oklahoma? Yes ... it's a challenge. I live in the NW part of Oklahoma in the City of Enid. How did a New Yorker end up here? Suffice it to say it is my partner's home town and we came here to take care of his aging parents.,,,now passed on. We are the political & social proverbial pegs in a round hole. Still there are a few of us in this backwater. Live in a nice physical area though, and so I stay. Would I move? Absolutely but it's too much of a challenge at this time in life to relocate. My reading keeps me connected. Thank Providence!

Thanks for replying. Have a great evening.

Keep in touch,

I just wanted to let you know that there's a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum through April 29th. There are also some upcoming lectures about him there too. Here's the link to that schedule from their website:

Hope this finds you well!
Hi Rood

No I don't have a whole building, just an apartment and a double garage! - all stuffed to the gunnels with books. Plus, increasingly, I find myself buying ebooks from Amazon (when available) because I've just about run out of room. Every collector's nightmare, I guess.

As to the city of Burley Griffin, it has of course rather outgrown the original concept (some 20,000 inhabitants - now it's 350, 000) but the basic plan is still there at the centre, built around Lake Burley Griffin.

Cheers, Murray
Happy hunting!
That's impressive! Keep me updated...
I noticed in the bedroom there were a bunch of books on the shelves. Were those FLW's books? If they are I thought it would be fun if we created a Legacy Library on here for him. Do you think we would have to get permission from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to do that?
It was so nice meeting you today! My husband and I felt like we could have talked to you all day. The tour was amazing - you can easily see what a brilliant mind FLW had. We would love to get together again some day.

Thank you again!
Hi Rood,

I saw your post in the Gay Men's group about donating materials to a GLBT library or archive. I'm the director of the GLCC Library in Pittsburgh, PA. You can find us on LT and FaceBook.

There are a few of us committed to preserving GLBT materials for the long term. When you get a chance join the GLBT Libraries group here on LT. Some of us have been around for over 20 years and (God willing) we'll be around for a long long time. We have 9 years left on our current lease and we're already looking for a larger space. If you get a chance post your comment to the GLBT Libraries group. You may find a library there that would be interested in your collection.

We'd be interested in your print and video materials but it would be great if you could find a home in Arizona or the southwest for the archive materials.

I'm attending the GLBT Libraries and Archives conference in LA in May. If I get a chance I'll raise your concerns to the group. I'll let you know what I find out.

Dan Iddings
Chair, GLCC Library Committee
Gay and Lesbian Community Center - Pittsburgh
210 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(cell) 412-977-6499

A good library has something to offend everyone.
Click here to learn more.
Glad to have you on board!
Hi Rood,

Thanks for joining Le Salon Litteraire. We'll be reading The Brothers Karamazov beginning Nov. 1st. Hope you'll participate and look forward to getting to know you.

Best ("Enrique" i.e., Brent)
Hi Rood,
Your 'About Me' paragraph above also describes me almost to a T. Haven't browsed your library yet but we have quite a few in common, especially considering I've listed so few of mine yet.

Oh--sorry about that. It's from "The Manchurian Candidate" (the original) which is a very good Cold War thriller if you haven't seen it.

I'd like to see Sparta, too--the ruins at any rate; although I understand that there is now a modern "Sparta" at or near the same site, but I think it was created by Greece for the tourism.

Thanks for the compliment on the Ancient Greek history books. I do have more I still need to catalog (of every subject, actually, not just Ancient Greece). Incidentally, I don't have as many Frank Lloyd Wright books as you (though I have yet to catalog several of mine), but he's a favorite of mine, too. I was happy when I got my hands on a lot of the Dover Publications books on his designs.
Oh, not the specific books, just the general size, shape, and quantity. And the fact I have to navigate around them to move about the apartment. :) Although, there is one scene in the movie where he does rattle off a few of the titles to a visitor of his. The only one I remember off the top of my head is "Paintings of Orozco" (pronounced "o-roth-co"), but it's been a few years since I've seen the film.
Hi Rood . . . it wasn't so much that it was an image of the Chairman of the Board as it was the look on his face. My apartment looks very similar to his with respect to all the stacks, and the look on my face is also, correspondingly, similar to his. :)
What I Believe in and Value

Treasure life as a gift from God.

Fight the good fight, hard.

Embrace people with openness and acceptance.

Facilitate the growth and success of others.

Seek first to understand before passing judgment.

Acquire enough wisdom to be humble.

Have at least one hearty laugh each day.

Practice the courage to take risks.

~ Charlie Hedges
Also! Yes, it was fascinating to hear that the Canaanites had overthrown their rulers. My religious upbringing instructed me that the Jews and Israelites dove in and conquered everybody in sight. That would have required great numbers of people to produce enough warriors. I was also interested to hear that people didn't actually reject the goddess religions until the time of the Babylonian exile. It was decided that the only thing which might provoke God to allow enemies to prevail must have been the fact that people were still going to their "high places" to worship. HE was, after all, adamant that people acknowledge HIM alone. -- Walf
Hi, Rood. Enjoy your contributions very much. I'm sorry to report that your memory of the broadcast is better than my own, but I can say that I remember thinking to myself that I was hearing things I had already read in "The Bible Unearthed." Also, I believe one of the authors was on the special. It's been a hectic winter for me, and my ramblings through history have been much briefer and less frequent than I'd like. By the way, I have "The Sagas of Icelanders," edited, I believe, by Ornolfur Thorsson, and I find that it's a great way to take in a movie when you don't have 2 hours to sit and watch. They have adventure, romance, betrayal, all the ingredients for a great story.-- Walf

another link that might be useful to you:

Kjell, Norway :)
Hi Rood. I was blessed to be in Holland during the last 12 village skating event, and it was wonderful. I was a snow skiier so had taken appropriate warm clothing; my friends were freezing and couldn't believe I wasn't cold. God bless ski clothes. I also have a picture of the Isselmeer frozen over. It is a beautiful photo of something few others have ever seen.

As to the economy, I realize I am a bit powerless when it comes to anything other than my one vote, but I try to stay as optimistic as possible, and now am strong enough to not listen to pessimistic whining from those with huge stock ownership as they watch their stocks disappear. And yet, they belittle our new President after one week in office. Ah, democracy. "This, too, shall pass," seems to be my latest whisperings.

As to books (back to the reason for this website and making new friends), I discovered the DeKok series recently and have read every one of them. They are a delightful detective series set in Amsterdam, and much of the book uses Holland cultures and traditions as a way to fill some pages. A delightful, fast read. I was lucky enough to find one for sale at a local book sale recently and so am in possession of one so far. Interesting that nobody in Holland in my circles have read them yet. But, I guess I have missed a lot of English language books, also. Touche, Barbara. Aren't books lovely friends, to educate, entertain, seduce, and pacify?
Hi Rood. I read Rolvaag's Giants in The Earth when I was perhaps 13, and I was highly impressed with it. I bought a copy about 2 years ago, and I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Maybe 2nd time around I won't like it at all, although generally I find that I had good taste as a youngster.

I guess I was in my 30's or 40's when I came across Yukio Mishima. Spring Snow impressed me deeply, and I went on to read the entire tetrology. I believe I've read almost all his translated works, and I've read his biographies, and comments by his translators, and my feeling is that he deserves a place right up there with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I found some of his stuff (e.g. Forbidden Colors) rather repulsive, but I attribute that perhaps to cultural differences. The romantic books like Sound of Waves & Spring Snow were perhaps equal to Romeo and Juliet.
Hi Rood. I lived in Holland for ten years, having married a Dutch man in 1997 after 4 years of international dating. I loved it then and love it forever. My heart stayed in Holland when I left, but my spouse wanted to live in warm California as opposed to wet, cool Ijsselmuiden,NL. I learned the language and made a few friends but found the European cities more enjoyable than some of the people. I love books, and I notice that you say you are liberal. I came back to California finding all of my friends and family are conservative. It was very difficult having a conversation without them trying to pursuade me how wonderful Bush is/was. Thankfully, I find other avenues of conversation. :)
Hi Rood,

How interesting that you want to learn Norwegian.
It might be a challenge, but I wish you all the luck.
If you're wondering about something, you may ask, and try I'll do my best to answer and explain.

A link I'll recommend:
(esp. messages 38-41)

where you'll also find the link:

Lykke til!

Thank you for joining the LT group "Norsk litteratur". As you might have seen we use Norwegian as the main language (do you understand it?), but English is allowed as well, and I guess most of us Norwegian (the majority) members will understand you if you post messages in English.

Kjell :)
No problem. I think I have it listed as a Reading List book, which means it's a book I would like to buy.
L'ecole de la chair is The School of Flesh. It's not available in an English translation, but I know it was made into a movie, perhaps not with the same title (not sure). I would like to get a copy of the novel in French, which does exist, but my French is only intermediate. Not sure how well I would understand it.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. I cannot fight the cancer battle without the help of hundreds of family members and friends who pray for me. It's good to know that I now have another advocate in the Phoenix area.

Carl Volkmann
I enjoyed reading what you said about yourself on your Profile page. I am also very liberal and agree with everything you said. However, I am not a vegetarian. We often visit Phoenix since I still have family there. My brother was pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church on Indian School Road during the 1970s. We also visit all the Frank Lloyd Wright sites. I am very familiar with the Taliesin Fellowship but not the Ralph Borsodi School of Living.

Carl Volkmann
Thank you for your kind comments concerning my book collection. Unfortunately, Journeys Near The End is the story of my 10 year battle with colon cancer.

Carl Volkmann
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