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"I want to make a poem of my life" - Yukio Mishima


About my libraryCurrently Reading

50 Book Challenge 2018: 01/50 books (96/10,000 pages)

Recently Read

Slow Lightning - Eduardo Corral
The Darkening Trapeze - Larry Levis
Sonnets - Bernadette Mayer
The Pickle Index - Eli Horowitz
Fashion This - Amiri Baraka
I am Flying into Myself - Bill Knott
Ariel - Sylvia Plath
The Dead Lecturer - Amiri Baraka
Life Studies and For the Union Dead - Robert Lowell
Richard Yates - Tao Lin
The Story of My Teeth - Valeria Luiselli

Comics (Ongoing Series)

Bitch Planet
The Goddamned
Kill or Be Killed
The Killer Inside Me
Pretty Deadly
Sex Criminals
Southern Bastards

"J'ai fait la magique étude
Du Bonheur, que nul n'élude."

- Arthur Rimbaud

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

- Richard Bach

"I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning."

- Aleister Crowley

"One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters … With wine, poetry, or virtue as you choose. But get drunk."

- Charles Baudelaire

"poetry is a better slingshot
a war you can carry in your pocket
a better way to die
the kind of fire that never goes out
and never gives an inch"

- David Lerner

"Most men will not swim before they are able to. Is not that witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown."

- Hermann Hesse

"...human beings possess the weapon of knowledge in order to make life bearable. For animals such things aren't necessary. Animals don't need knowledge or anything of the sort to make life bearable. But human beings do need something, and with knowledge they can make the very intolerableness of life a weapon, though at the same time that intolerableness is not reduced in the slightest. That's all there is to it."

- Yukio Mishima

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookMooching, Early Reviewers, Entheogens, Erotica, Japanese Culture, Japanese Literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsKathy Acker, Georges Bataille, Charles Baudelaire, Olivia De Berardinis, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Trevor Brown, Charles Bukowski, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Dennis Cooper, Aleister Crowley, Antoine D'Agata, Salvador Dalí, Samuel R. Delany, Tony Duvert, Jonathan Evison, Jean Genet, David Hamilton, Knut Hamsun, Jim Harrison, Hermann Hesse, Harold Jaffe, Comte de Lautréamont, Philip Levine, Thomas Ligotti, Cormac McCarthy, Henry Miller, Yukio Mishima, Dale Pendell, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, William Shakespeare, Peter Sotos, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Hunter S. Thompson, Saul Williams, Joel-Peter Witkin, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAdams Avenue Book Store, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Grossmont Ctr, Bluestocking Books, BOOKOFF San Diego, Books Kinokuniya - San Francisco, City Lights Books, Controversial Bookstore, Fifth Avenue Books, Maxwell's House of Books, Moe's Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Last Bookstore

Favorite publishersAkashic Books, Feral House, NYRB Classics, Tupelo Press, W.W. Norton

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Member sinceMar 27, 2007

Currently readingBright Dead Things: Poems by Ada Limón
The Visceral Tear by Sue Fox
After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (Semiotext(e) / Active Agents) by Chris Kraus

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