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Collectionse-Books (101), Your library (1,711), Bangkok Library (168), SCCCI (32), Currently reading (15), To read (11), Read but unowned (6), All collections (1,854)


Tagsfiction (226), mystery (194), religion (156), literature (141), philosophy (137), history (136), buddhism (120), environment (102), spirituality (99), thailand (89) — see all tags

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About mePh.D. in U.S. environmental history with dissertation about social movement that saved the redwoods, M.A. in 19th century French intellectual history (the Polish question), B.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in religious thought, and undergrad thesis on Wittgenstein's religious point of view. Now a retired scholar/teacher from California who is living in Thailand and teaching English to young monks.

About my libraryMy virtual library will be a reconstruction of all the books that have inspired me in the fields of history, philosophy, religion and environmental studies (to name just a few), plus recent acquisitions on the history, culture and politics of Southeast Asia (and a few mysteries).

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Art is Life, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Buddhism, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, History Fans, History: On learning from and writing history, Thailand: Language, Books and Culture

Favorite authorsSwami Abhishiktananda, Mikhail Bakhtin, Bhikkhu Buddhadasa, Pema Chödrön, Michael Connelly, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bede Griffiths, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, John D. MacDonald, Carolyn Merchant, Thomas Merton, Henry Miller, Friedrich Nietzsche, Simone Weil, Ludwig Wittgenstein (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAsiaBooks Central Pinklao (1 of 14 branch stores), Books Kinokuniya - Siam Paragon, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Cafe, Chulalongkorn University Book Center, Dasa Book Cafe, Literary Guillotine, Logos Books & Records, Orchid Books


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Real nameWilliam Yaryan

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Member sinceMay 20, 2007

Currently readingThe Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self by Thomas Metzinger
Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
Monks and Magic: An Analysis of Religious Ceremonies in Central Thailand. by B. J.: TERWIEL
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
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