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Reviews164 reviews

TagsEast Asia (606), Southeast Asia (335), Indonesia (286), China (245), Europe (229), classical music (222), European history (145), bellettrie (131), Indonesian history (124), Java (119) — see all tags

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About me

With a full-time job I have only limited time for reading. Besides reading I enjoy art house films, classical music and jazz, economics and investment, photography, and most of all travelling.

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About my libraryI read mostly non-fiction.

I used to read a lot of books from the public library when I was a student, but you will not find these books here. When I started working, I read a lot less, but Bruce Chatwin's the Songlines inspired me to pick up reading again when I was working in Singapore. To some extend you can still find the themes from that novel back in the books I enjoy.

Mine is a reader's library. I am not a book collector. I like to read at my own pace, jumping from subject to subject. And then it is easier to have a stack of books next to the couch than that I would have to go to the public library.

Since the 1980's I have worked and travelled in East Asia a lot and you find that reflected in my library.

I use Librarything also as repository of notes on books I have read. I publish them as reviews. Do not consider them proper synopses, however.

"En veel lezens is vermoeiing des vleses."

Groups1000 Places to See Before You Die, Ancient China, Ancient History, Antiquarian Travel Memoirs, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Capital Markets, DimSum Thing, Economics, Finance / Investment, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Pictureshow all groups

Favorite authorsBruce Chatwin, Jan Jacob Slauerhoff (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAthenaeum Boekhandel, Atleest, Boekhandel Het Martyrium, Select Books


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Member sinceDec 15, 2007

Currently readingBangkok Found: Reflections on the City by Alex Kerr

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Sama-sama pak Rene :)
"Besides reading I enjoy art house films, classical music and jazz, economics and investment, photography, and most of all travelling."
Exactly my interests except the Jazz - that was my mother's hobby!

I am on my way to Seoul on Saturday and will visit many museums there. I have a female friend in Geleen and hope to see her this summer - I will certainly get to Amsterdam and maybe we can meet.

If you ever get to Vienna, please look me up.

greetings from Vienna,

I noticed you marked mine as an LT "interesting library", which prompted me to visit yours. I really like your reviews (notes, as you put it on your profile), I've tried to do the same but have noticed I began to be seduced into writing for a "public" instead of myself. I'm trying to correct that as I go on.

In any case, also appreciate your reading selections so I've marked your library as "interesting", as well.
In case you're wondering whether Carnophile's latest replies to you were a result of temporary hormonal imbalance, the sad fact is the fellow thinks the CNN is Leftist and the NYT practically a Commie rag. That may not help much in a debate, but it puts his views into perspective.
Oh, I didn't stop the other discussion. But your last post is long and I don't have time at the moment to give it a careful reading. So for now I'm more skewed to "soundbite" mode.
I've started a Pro & Con thread on the European situation. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you feel like jumping in.
Hi. Thanks for the kind remark on my review of the Keynes monograph, and sorry for this delayed response; I don't check this profile very often.

I tried to find a free copy of Diamond's "Aggregate Demand Management in Search Equilibrium" on the Net but I couldn't find one. Here are two suggestions:

1) if you can get to a university or other institution that has a subscription to JSTOR.

2) Even if a library doesn't have the journal, their Interlibrary Loan unit often can get a copy from another library. At least, this is true of all the university librarires I've ever had experience with. (And perhaps public libraries too; I've never tried.) Also, I'm in the US and I don't know the situaion in Amsterdam.

The full citation, by the way, is Peter A. Diamond, "Aggregate Demand Management in Search Equilibrium," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 90, No. 5 (Oct., 1982), pp. 881-894.

He just won (with two others) the Nobel Prize.

Good luck!

Thanks for joining the Political Conservative group. Welcome!
hello and thanks for the note. I was quite delayed in responding, as I've been traveling. Now that I'm in Japan for the next few months I'll have a chance to settle back and browse collections again, including yours. We seem to have some interesting overlap!
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