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CollectionsYour library (7,222)


TagsLiterature (1,482), History (1,432), Religion (1,399), Art (1,377), Travel (1,114), Poetry (1,085), Novels (919), Christianity (840), Spain (803), Cultural History (636) — see all tags


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About my libraryMy library consists of over 7,000 volumes spanning many varied interests. Some areas of focus include:

- Literary fiction
- Art: strong in Spanish art of all periods; Medieval art; the Italian Renaissance; Impressionism; the Pre-Raphaelites; Expressionism; Surrealism; Van Gogh; Matisse; Picasso; Metropolitan Museum publications; and museum collection catalogues.
- Religion - emphasis on Christianity, particularly monasticism and the mystical tradition, and Buddhism
- History; special interest in cultural and medieval history
- Spain
- Poetry
- Travel and exploration, both historical and contemporary
- The Middle East
- New York City
- Comparative mythology
- Folktales and legends
- Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs
- Books about books
- St. Francis of Assisi
- England
- France, especially books about or set in Paris
- Italy
- Central Asia/ the Silk Road
- Cartography, maps, and atlases
- Essays
- Natural history
- Japan
- Latin America
- Cookbooks, especially focusing on the Mediterranean region

- National Geographic magazines (all issues and map supplements from 1980-present, not catalogued here) and books
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1993-present, individually catalogued)
- Aramco World magazine (most issues from 1960-present, not catalogued here

I’ll soon catalogue my DVD/Blu-ray and streaming video collection of films and documentaries, approximately 1,800 titles.

Also yet to be added is my wife’s collection of Romanian literature, approximately 100 volumes.


Favorite authorsAndré Aciman, César Aira, W. H. Auden, Paul Auster, James Baldwin, Julian Barnes, Dan Beachy-Quick, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Bowles, Joe Brainard, Joseph Brodsky, Charles Bukowski, Roberto Calasso, Italo Calvino, Joseph Campbell, Albert Camus, Camilo José Cela, E. M. Cioran, Teju Cole, Julio Cortázar, E. E. Cummings, William Dalrymple, Guy Davenport, Michael Dickman, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lawrence Durrell, Umberto Eco, Mircéa Eliade, T. S. Eliot, Mathias Énard, Anne Fadiman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Elena Ferrante, Penelope Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Giono, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Witold Gombrowicz, Edward Gorey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Peter Handke, Ernest Hemingway, Zbigniew Herbert, Hermann Hesse, Patricia Highsmith, David Hinton, Alan Hollinghurst, Homer, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pico Iyer, Henry James, James Joyce, Carl Gustav Jung, Franz Kafka, Yasunari Kawabata, Nikos Kazantzakis, Weldon Kees, Jack Kerouac, Karl Ove Knausgård, Nicole Krauss, Halldór Laxness, Julio Llamazares, James Longenbach, Federico Garcia Lorca, Valeria Luiselli, Amin Maalouf, Robert Macfarlane, Antonio Machado, Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Claudio Magris, Naguib Mahfouz, Alberto Manguel, Javier Marías, Gabriel García Márquez, Peter Matthiessen, H. L. Mencken, Thomas Merton, W. S. Merwin, Henry Miller, Czesław Miłosz, Yukio Mishima, David Mitchell, Joseph Mitchell, Patrick Modiano, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Michel de Montaigne, Jan Morris, Haruki Murakami, Robert Musil, Alvaro Mutis, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, John Julius Norwich, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Gregory Orr, George Orwell, Orhan Pamuk, Octavio Paz, Georges Perec, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Fernando Pessoa, Red Pine, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Raymond Queneau, Francisco de Quevedo, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mary Ruefle, Miguel de Cervantes, Oliver Sacks, Sankaracarya, Sappho, José Saramago, Jean-Paul Sartre, Rafik Schami, W. G. Sebald, William Shakespeare, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Patti Smith, Tracy K. Smith, A. E. Stallings, John Steinbeck, Wallace Stevens, Wisława Szymborska, Henry David Thoreau, Ko Un, Enrique Vila-Matas, Robert Walser, Evelyn Waugh, Eliot Weinberger, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, Richard Wright, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Adam Zagajewski, Alejandro Zambra, Louis Zukofsky, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArgosy Books, Book Culture, Brier Rose Books, City Lights Books, Farley's Bookshop, Forbidden Planet NYC, Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Harvard Book Store, Housing Works Used Book Cafe, Labyrinth Books, Librería Bardón, Librería Miguel Miranda, London Review Bookshop, McNally Jackson - Nolita, Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop, Montclair Book Center, Neue Galerie Book Store, Panoply Books, Rizzoli Bookstore, Shakespeare and Company (Paris), St. Mark's Bookshop (New York City), Strand Bookstore, Taschen Store New York, Three Lives & Company

Favorite librariesArchibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Biblioteca Nacional de España - National Library of Spain, British Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Frick Art Reference Library - The Frick Collection, Library of Congress, New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Poets House, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, Princeton University - Firestone Library, The Chester Beatty Library, The Grolier Club, The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library, The Morgan Library & Museum, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, University of Arizona Poetry Center

Other favoritesThe Poetry Foundation, Instituto Cervantes New York

LocationNew Jersey, USA

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Member sinceSep 6, 2006

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