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TagsModern Fiction (128), Contemporary Fiction (74), Buddhism (67), UFOlogy (59), Mystery (57), Medical (46), Modern Poetry (32), Literature: American (26), Buddhism: HHDL (25), Reference (24) — see all tags

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About me1952. American Buddhist. Physician Assistant. Eternal student of everything.

About my libraryOnly books.


Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Edward Whittemore (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Arrowhead

Favorite librariesDesert Botanical Garden Library, Glendale Public Library - Foothills Library (Branch), Phoenix Public Library - Juniper Library

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Real nameJohn Morian

LocationPhoenix, AZ

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 29, 2008

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Noticed you liked As I Lay Dying, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter)in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit:


Dear John:
I also have Kerenyi's Sun and Moon book. I have not been able to put it up because it is in my library in the US. I am in France just starting to put up a couple of libraries over here.
Yours sincerely,
Jay Livernois
We noticed that you were a Jorge Luis Borges fan, and we wanted to let you know that we’ve just published a brand new translation of his story, “Gradus Ad Parnassum,” in our anthology, ‘flatmanCROOKED – First Winter.’ “Gradus Ad Parnassum” is not currently in print in English, so we’re rather excited to publish what is to many Borges fans brand new work. The book also includes debut fiction from National Book Award winner Ha Jin, as well as stories from myriad other established and emerging authors. Check the book out at If you get it through our website, it’s significantly cheaper than through Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

It's difficult to discuss the origins of religious beliefs in man because, imo, it comes from pre-human existence (which is why we can see elements of it in other animals, from elephants with their "graveyards" to pre-human humanoids with the few ritual-like objects we have found). Moreover, I think there are many elements which are being joined together for this. So it has to have an evolutionary aspect to it -- although, I think, once we develop our own human languages and vocabularies, they too create the structures by which we think and help establish further religious elements.

Douglas Adams -- I have to say my favorite work is "Life, The Universe and Everything." I think it is because it is the most "story-like" of all his works, thanks to the fact that it is an adaptation of a story he wanted to do for Doctor Who. Did you ever watch his Doctor Who works? Dirk Gentley borrows a lot from Shada, for example.

As you can tell, I've finally had time to get on and add more books to my collection. It's a growing list!

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