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

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
― UMBERTO ECO, Foucault's Pendulum

There was too much to say between them, and therefore no one said anything.
— WAYNE BARLOWE, God's Demon

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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.
~ MICHAEL DIRDA, "Readings"

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, Edward Bryant, Ramsey Campbell, Alejo Carpentier, Constantine Petrou Cavafy, Arthur C. Clarke, Wanda Coleman, Joan Didion, Steve Erickson, John Farris, Raymond Federman, William H. Gass, Julien Gracq, Charles L. Grant, Grady Hendrix, Frank Herbert, John Hollander, A. M. Homes, Langston Hughes, Victor Hugo, Fleur Jaeggy, Denis Johnson, Richard Kadrey, Anna Kavan, Anthony Lane, Joe R. Lansdale, Tanith Lee, Wyndham Lewis, David Lindsay, Ross Macdonald, Cormac McCarthy, Mac McCaskill, Joseph McElroy, Flannery O'Connor, John Cowper Powys, Marcel Proust, Mike Resnick, Arthur Rimbaud, J. R. Salamanca, William Sansom, Lucius Shepard, Clark Ashton Smith, Zadie Smith, Enid Starkie, John Steinbeck, Mark Strand, Terese Svoboda, Hunter S. Thompson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, William T. Vollmann, Denton Welch, Robert Anton Wilson, Marguerite Young, Mark V. Ziesing (Shared favorites)


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