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About me"On to the library. And all through his time at the card catalog, combing the shelves, filling out the request cards, he danced a silent, flirtatious minuet of the eyes with a rosy-cheeked redhead in the biology section, pages of notes spread before her. All his life, he had had a yen for women in libraries. In a cerebral setting, the physical becomes irresistible. Also, he figured he was really more likely to meet a better or at least more compatible woman in a library than in a saloon. Ought to have singles libraries, with soups and salads, Bach and Mozart, Montaignes bound in morocco; place to sip, smoke, and seduce in a classical setting, noon to midnight. Chaucer's Salons, call them, franchise chain."

-- Stephen Minkin, "A No Doubt Mad Idea"


Favorite authorsChristopher Alexander, Rick Altman, Jane Austen, Alfred Bester, John Brunner, A. S. Byatt, John le Carré, Catullus, Raymond Chandler, Cyril Connolly, Emily Dickinson, Lawrence Durrell, Harlan Ellison, Joseph Epstein, Anne Fadiman, Clifton Fadiman, James Fallows, Paul Fussell, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Adam Gopnik, Ursula K. Le Guin, Dashiell Hammett, Paul Hawken, David Hume, Jane Jacobs, Thomas Jefferson, George F. Kennan, David Hume Kennerly, Richard Kenney, Leopold Kohr, Leon Krier, Paul Krugman, Charles Lamb, Abraham Lincoln, John Locke, James Madison, John McPhee, Stephen Minkin, Nicole Mones, Michel de Montaigne, George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, Samuel Pepys, John Pomfret, Neil Postman, Chaim Potok, Ezra Pound, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bernard Rudofsky, Sei Shōnagon, William Shakespeare, Clay Shirky, Robert Silverberg, Adam Smith, Cordwainer Smith, Edward Steichen, Tom Stoppard, David Sucher, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Edward R. Tufte, Howard Waldrop, Emmett Watson, David Weinberger, Oscar Wilde, Tom Wolfe (Shared favorites)

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Real nameHal O'Brien

LocationKent, WA

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Member sinceDec 11, 2005

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