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Blake Fraina
About My Library
I am an obsessive collector of books. My library skews toward LGBT fiction and cookbooks (a good many vegetarian). I also enjoy literary fiction in general and, as I'm a huge anglophile, contemporary British writers in particular. In addition, I am a fan of several illustrators and artists - M.C. Escher, Edward Gorey, Balthus, Varga, Ralph Steadman, Michael Hague, Arthur Rackham - those last two being responsible for the plethora of children's books on the list.

I would say that I've read only about 20% of what I own thus far. Most of my collection was purchased at thrift stores, library "book nook" sales or secondhand book shops. I am initially attracted to a book by its cover or spine (artwork, fonts, graphics), but good reviews are what usually convince me to buy. And I'm always a sucker for a Booker Prize winner [or shortlister].

I'm an atheist so the myriad religious/spiritual volumes are for research and reference purposes only. Although, as a sometime practitioner of yoga, I am sincerely interested in the meditation aspect of Buddhism.
About Me
I am the author of King of Cats, a novel about a gay rock musician living on New York's Lower East Side.

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Connecticut, USA
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