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About me"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brains, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness"
-Dalai Lama
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art & science"
"It is w/ our passions, as it is w/ fire & water, they are good servants but bad masters."
"Few are those who see with their own eyes & feel with their own hearts."
"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it."
-Thomas Jefferson
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself"
"Conformity is the jailor of freedom & enemy of growth."
"We forfeit 3/4ths of ourselves to be like other people."
"The realization that there are other points of view is the beginning of wisdom."
-Charles M. Campbell
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance."
"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him."
"People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or prostitute."
-Rebecca West
"I cling to my imperfections, as the very essence of my being."
-Anatole France
"Develop interest in life as you see it; people, things, literature, music. The world is... simple throbbing with rich treasure, beautiful souls & fascinating people."
-Henry Miller
"We work in the dark-we do what we can we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion & our passion is our task, the rest is the madness of art."
-Henry James
"Man is neither angel nor beast, & it is unfortunately the case that anyone trying to act the angel acts the beast."

About my library"Books are funny little portable pieces of thought."
-Susan Sontag
"If a thing can be done, why do it?"
-Gertrude Stein
"If love is the answer could you rephrase the question?"
-Lily Tomlin
"When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before"
-Clifton Fadiman
"Obstacle cannot crush me / Every obstacle yields to stern resolve / He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind"
-Leonardo da Vinci
"I have always thought that all men should be free, but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally"
-Abraham Lincoln

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, American Postmodernism, Art is Life, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Awful Lit., BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Existentialism, Feminist Theory, Geeks who love the Classicsshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Francis Bacon, Nicholson Baker, Julian Barnes, Donald Barthelme, John Barth, Simone de Beauvoir, William Blake, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Bukowski, Anthony Burgess, William S. Burroughs, A. S. Byatt, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Joseph Conrad, E. E. Cummings, Mark Z. Danielewski, Don DeLillo, René Descartes, Emily Dickinson, H.D., T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Michel Foucault, William Gaddis, William H. Gass, André Gide, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Denis Johnson, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Søren Kierkegaard, Milan Kundera, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Thomas Mann, Gabriel García Márquez, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Henry Miller, Michel de Montaigne, Haruki Murakami, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Nietzsche, Anaïs Nin, Flann O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor, Blaise Pascal, Fernando Pessoa, Sylvia Plath, Plato, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, Ayn Rand, Christina Rossetti, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Arthur Schopenhauer, Gertrude Stein, Catherynne M. Valente, Leonardo da Vinci, William T. Vollmann, Voltaire, David Foster Wallace, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats, Slavoj Žižek (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Suburban Plaza, Book Eddy, McKay Used Books and CDs

Favorite librariesKnox County Library - Cedar Bluff Branch, Knox County Library - Lawson McGhee (Main)

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Member sinceMay 28, 2008

Currently readingProcess and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28) by Alfred North Whitehead

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