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About meJames Joyce's Ulysses had an immense influence on me—almost entirely for the bad.
~ J. G. BALLARD, 1990

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About my libraryA personal library is not a collection of odd volumes: It is the outward representation of one's inner life, a mirror of the soul, the past spread out before your eyes. To pass from book to book to book is to abolish time, to connect the child rapt before the wonders of Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire with the middle-aged man puzzled about the cosmology of Plato's Timaeus. They are one. A line of poetry can lead you through half a library and most of a life. A random note may generate an entire symphony. For a real reader to do without a personal library would be like throwing away a time machine, like waking up an amnesiac, like ceasing to dream.
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So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century - the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labour, the ruin of women by starvation and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.
~ VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables (1862)

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Favorite authorsEdward Abbey, J. G. Ballard, Paul Bowles, Joseph Brinson, Ramsey Campbell, Alejo Carpentier, Constantine Cavafy, Joan Didion, Steve Erickson, John Farris, Raymond Federman, William Gaddis, William H. Gass, Julien Gracq, Charles L. Grant, Frank Herbert, John Hollander, A. M. Homes, Langston Hughes, Fleur Jaeggy, Denis Johnson, Anna Kavan, Anthony Lane, Joe R. Lansdale, Wyndham Lewis, Macumbeira; tomcatMurr, Cormac McCarthy, Mac McCaskill, Joseph McElroy, Flannery O'Connor, John Cowper Powys, Marcel Proust, Arthur Rimbaud, William Sansom, Lucius Shepard, John Steinbeck, Mark Strand, Terese Svoboda, Newton Thornburg, Leo Tolstoy, William T. Vollmann, David Foster Wallace, Claire Vaye Watkins, Denton Welch, Marguerite Young (Shared favorites)


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