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About meJust some American guy with broad interests and a zest for the classics and foreign languages and literatures. My connection to books began extremely young. My childhood was...challenging and I came to rely on books, which I realized were written by other people's parents, to help me determine reality from fantasy, truth from falsehood, right from wrong.

Still, I'm skeptical of any single source of information. So to explore an area of knowledge or genre of literature, or to pick up a new skill, I'll read several authors on the same general topic and my library reflects that.

“Beware the man of one book.” - Thomas Aquinas, theologian

Bookshelves: As my photos attest, being surrounded by books, having walls covered floor-to-ceiling with books has been a desire since childhood. Half my books are now on custom built-in shelving, most just deep enough to accommodate various common book sizes, usually 5.5" deep (14cm) or less. The rest are on simple hand-built shelving or boxed. My son has his own LT account.

Dabbling in screenwriting on and off for years, I've acquired about 400 works focusing on motion picture authorship. Who knows if I’ll ever sell a screenplay, but I have learned a ludicrous amount about the process.

“Dude, where’s my car?” - Philip Stark, screenwriter

About my libraryClassics-centered, eclectic, fairly academic, with a very heavy focus on a few topics of interest.

Hoarding? I have well over 12,000 books and I tend to collect certain series. At one point, I had to ask myself whether I might be a hoarder. Fortunately, my books don't get in my way, they enrich me. I enjoy reading and displaying them. So I checked and I'm a collector, not a hoarder. Many people reading this are collectors too.

Tags and Covers: Viewing this library via tags and then covers is productive because I tag everything and upload substitutes for missing or poor quality covers when possible. The online visual provides me with a memory peg for what I've read or want to read and browsing book covers is a joy for a bibliophile. I love book cover design, particularly a theme carried out in an interesting visual way, like the Sources of Civilization series.

Random tags with 7 or more books: hospitality, Nigerian literature, habit, complexity, world building, disaster preparedness, Appalachia, cetaceans, Peru, industrial design, sign language, Australian literature, doppelganger, running, slave narrative, tetralogy, music theory, consumerism, cyberpunk, philosophy of religion...

...quantum mechanics, boarding school, history of technology, evolutionary psychology, mashup, deconstruction, marine biology, Dravidian literature, food politics, swashbuckling, messianism, caste, roman à clef, political economy, baroque, memetics, colonial America, evil, recreational mathematics, occult, Patristics, personal space, willpower, Cossacks...

...gastronomy, village life, Aztec, critical theory, shipwreck, epidemiology, agriculture, veganism, parallel text, space opera, Harlem Renaissance, Carolingian, management, Hungarian literature, conlang, espionage, art appreciation, procrastination, ontology, Mesopotamia, feral children, Hollywood, post-apocalyptic, Jainism, autobiographical fiction...

...Sufism, picaresque, hiking, genetic engineering, unreliable narrator, ballad, calculus, Berlin, vampire, nanotechnology, apologetics, investing, sociobiology, Arctic, exile, history of philosophy, philosophy of history, and (of course) autodidact.

Series: Older paperbacks in great condition were absurdly cheap for me for years and are the backbone of my library. My library includes large numbers of the following classics series, primarily fiction, with tags for each.
Everyman's Library: established by Dent & Sons in 1906, probably the granddaddy of the classics publishing paradigm; Wiki article, article, a publishing history article.
Modern Library Classics: from 1917 soft leather covers and quite popular 1920s-1960s hardcovers to current bronze-colored paperbacks; collecting
Oxford World's Classics: from 1920s onward; one of the more scholarly of the bulk classics publishers, with copious footnotes; Wiki article
Penguin Classics: The mother of all classics series IMHO, always in paperback. I have over 1700 but that's a handful compared to this guy; article. The Penguin Classics later incorporated series like the Penguin Modern Classics and the Penguin English Library.
Signet Classics: cheap mass market paperbacks since August 1959; published by New American Library, a company started by a former executive of Penguin Books, which decades later purchased the company; Wiki article; Publishing history
Bantam Classics: a similar series; List
New York Review Books Classics: relatively recent series with many off-beat works appealing to the urbane sophisticate. I have most of them; about; publishing history
Viking Portable: high quality anthologies (now Penguin Portable); blog; history
Bard Books: modern classics, largely Latin-American; article

Other publishers' runs of scholarly, mostly non-fiction works...
Dover Publications books: quality paperbacks with sturdy cardboard covers, opaque paper for minimal see-through, pages of low acidity to reduce browning and brittleness, and sewn signatures for longevity
► Penguin's Pelican books, many academic-friendly titles
Harper Torchbooks: a series of hundreds of academic titles in trade paperback size. Meant "to build a preponderantly nonfiction counterpart to The Modern Library," which consisted mostly of fiction, poetry, and drama. History List.The series' competition was...
► Doubleday Anchor books: mostly mass market paperbacks covering a broad array of academic topics with precocious adoption of acid-free paper so that some 50-year-old paperbacks appear brand new. article and list
Library of Liberal Arts (Bobbs-Merrill): decidedly intellectual, decidedly dry classics
► Mostly language books in the Teach Yourself series published by Hodder & Stoughton for English Universities Press.
► Also Norton Library, Collier books, and Mentor books.

It probably goes back to reading the Hardy Boys series as a kid but when I gaze at books from a series with similar covers, I get a feeling akin to adjusting my parachute as the door of a Cessna in flight opens. Anticipation...exhilaration...fear (that I won't get to them all). Whenever a publisher's classics series I've enjoyed adds a title, I want to buy it, because chances are, no matter the genre or topic, reading a book deemed a classic is more than likely to release endorphins and rewire my brain with new axons and dendrites. Mortimer Adler said that classics, far from being complex are some of the most readable books. All right, not Hegel.

Bookshelves now cover so much area in my home they've become wall art. I arrange books by sets and color for aesthetics and also by height to maximize available space. I was hoping to level off at 12,000 books due to finite condo space. But maybe I'll stop at 14K. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll move.

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GroupsPenguin Classics, TinyCat

Favorite authorsElaine Morgan (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBrattle Book Shop, Harvard Book Store, Lame Duck Books, McIntyre and Moore Booksellers, Raven Used Books, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesHarry Elkins Widener Memorial Library - Harvard College Library

MembershipTinyCat. https://www.librarycat.org/lib/aquaticus

LocationSomerville, Massachusetts, USA

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Member sinceJul 18, 2007

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