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CollectionsYour library (689)


Tagstheatre (34), novel (23), drama (19), theory (11), young adult (11), play collection (10), translation (8), essays (7), fiction (7), french (7) — see all tags

MediaNot set (3), Book (686), Paper Book (651), Audiobook (1)

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About my library"And indeed, if there is a counterpart to the confusion of a library, it is the order of its catalogue.

Thus there is in the life of a collector a dialectical tension between the poles of disorder and order. Naturally, his existence is tied to many other things as well: to a very mysterious relationship to ownership, something about which we shall have to say later; also, to a relationship to objects which does not emphasize their functional, utilitarian value - that is, their usefulness - but studies and loves them as the scene, the stage, of their fate. The most profound enchantment for the collector is the locking of individual items within a magic circle in which they are fixed as the final thrill, the thrill of acquisition, passes over them."

-Walter Benjamin, "Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting"

GroupsAll the World's a Stage, Baker Street and Beyond, Banned Books, Bikes and Bicycles, Cycles, Cyclists and Bikers, Elizabethan England, Esoterica, Graduate Students, The Chapel of the Abyss

Favorite authorsNatalie Angier, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, e. e. cummings, Stephen Jay Gould, Henrik Ibsen, Madeleine L'Engle, Federico García Lorca, H. P. Lovecraft, Gabriel García Márquez, Martin McDonagh, Alan Moore, Vladimir Nabokov, Suzan-Lori Parks, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip Pullman, Joseph Roach, Salman Rushdie, Rod Serling, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Sam Shepard, Susan Sontag, Tom Stoppard, Dylan Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceFeb 7, 2007

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