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About me"In this cultural context, books - whether read or unread - form a kind of second language to which we can turn to talk about ourselves, to communicate with others, and to defend ourselves in conflict. Like language, books serve to express us, but also to complete us, furnishing, through a variety of excerpted and reworked fragments, the missing elements of our personality.
Like words, books, in representing us, also deform what we are. We cannot coincide completely with the image the totality of our reading presents; whether the image makes us look better or worse that we should, behind it, all our particularities vanish. And especially since books are often present within us only as little-known or forgotten fragments, we are often out of phase with the books that are our public face; they are inadequate, in the end, as any other language."
Pierre Bayard, "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read"

GroupsAll the World's a Stage, Animals of the ASPCA, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Frequently Asked Questions, Los Angeles Loves Librarything, MySpace, Political Philosophy, Progressive & Liberal!, Radical Feminismshow all groups

Favorite authorsCecil Adams, Nicholson Baker, Douglas Carter Beane, Aimee Bender, Oliver Burkeman, Billy Collins, Patricia Cornwell, Crimethinc., Roald Dahl, Ariel Dorfman, Dave Eggers, Spalding Gray, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Parnell Hall, David Hare, Sparkle Hayter, Nick Hornby, Charlie Huston, Jonathan Kellerman, Lisa Kron, Anne Lamott, Jeff Lindsay, David Mamet, Scott McClanahan, Chuck Palahniuk, Dorothy Parker, Katha Pollitt, Mary Roach, Nora Roberts, Jon Ronson, Arundhati Roy, George Saunders, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, Tom Stoppard, Gore Vidal, Sarah Vowell, David Foster Wallace, Bill Watterson, Bailey White, Stephen White, Cintra Wilson (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBook Soup, Iliad Bookshop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash - West, Samuel French, Skylight Books, The Bookshelf, The Last Bookstore, UCLA BookZone (UCLA Campus, Ackerman Student Union), Vroman's Bookstore

Favorite librariesArts Library (UCLA), Charles E. Young Research Library (UCLA), College Library in the Powell Library Building (UCLA), County of Los Angeles Public Library - West Hollywood Library, Los Angeles Public Library - Central Library, Los Angeles Public Library - Hollywood Regional Branch, Los Angeles Public Library - Westwood Branch, Los Angeles Public Library - Will & Ariel Durant Branch, Marion County Public Library - Fairmont Branch & Bookmobile, Ruth Ann Musick Library (Fairmont State University Main Campus Library), Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library

Other favoritesWest Hollywood Book Fair 2008, 826LA West, Echo Park Time Travel Mart (826LA East), Royce Hall, UCLA, Hammer Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Member sinceMar 21, 2006

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