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There is a wall of bookcases next to me. I imagine a lot of you have something similar or possibly a whole room full of bookcases. I see The Great Books of the Western World, the Encyclopedia Britannica, a shelf of books on tai chi ch'uan and other martial arts, a shelf of fantasy and science fiction. Other books scattered around are Shakespeare's Lives, The Alexandria Quartet, Deathhouse Gates, Chin P'ing Mei and Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature.
The book on the table beside me, that I am reading now, is The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci.
As I said this is sheer curiosity. Besides I do like knowing what others are reading. I get tips on future reading.
I started in Library Thing by cataloging the few hundred books within arms reach -- most of my music books, a bunch books I had shelved in no order, and two big inchoate piles on the floor. The test went well, so I cataloged the rest of the porch, mostly without order but including Bibles and other religious volumes and a good many of my few books on certain decades of the last century. I had about 800 books cataloged.
Having decided I was into this, I went and cleaned the books out of my car (there are still a couple of cartons of Harvard Classics there) which amounted to about a hundred books.
Then I went into my kitchen. It had books of its own plus a bunch of books that had gone in from the porch when it was reroofed recently. I haven't done the cookbooks yet, about five shelves.
I skipped the dining room because the books are too hard to get at and started on the living room with the accessible books.
Meanwhile, as new books arrive, if they don't have a place inside to go to, they settle on the porch, and I catalog them as they arrive.
So I have most of the books I have cataloged (1728 at the moment) within easy reach, albeit some in stacks that would take awhile to get to the bottom of.
That is fun.
Karin Slaughter's Beyond Reach was just recently added to the shelf.
Which reminds me, I'd better get back at it. Nice to be able to pop in for a visit. Good posting...
Behind me I have a bookshelf with 150 or so books ranging from Ambrose Bierce to Flaubert, from Dostoevsky to Zola and beyond. I prefer new non-fiction, except travel literature - any kind, age, or country will do, and the 19th century through the 1930's literary fiction. While I like Steinbeck a lot, I don't care for Hemingway at all.
I read in another room. The books I have next to my reading chair are The Secret of Hurricanes by Theresa Williams, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, Passage Through Armageddon by W. Bruce Lincoln and Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
Even though I may have several books going, I am generally a serial reader. I read my books like a palimpsest, but from tyhe inside out. Last in, first out. This requires that I be careful which books I select and when.
In the cubbies built into my desk, I have Roget's Thesaurus, The Chicago Manual of Style, Fast Fiction: Creating Fiction in Five Minutes, an old American Heritage Dictionary, The New Cassell's German Dictionary, a pair of Hungarian-English dictionaries (for some weird reason, Hungarian-English dictionaries come in pairs because the Hungarian-to-English part is bound separately from the English-to-Hungarian part), a Hungarian grammar, and on the top shelf of the desk, The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
On the floor behind my chair are four stacks:
In the first stack are two astrology books, Stephen Arroyo's Chart Interpretation Handbook and Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller.
In the second stack are four books I've been consulting for the article I'm writing about Tielman Susato: Diarmaid MacCulloch's The Reformation: A History, Tielman Susato and the Music of His Time, Antwerp in the Age of Reformation, Antwerp in the Age of Plantin and Brueghel, and The Early Vasas: A History of Sweden, 1523-1611.
In the third are four more books for the article: Volume 2 of The Growth of the Antwerp Market and the European Economy, The Renaissance edited by Iain Fenlon, Flemish Cities: Their History and Art and Albrecht Dürer: Diary of His Journey to the Netherlands. The last is exceptionally wonderful because it has a big section of the paintings and drawings he did while he was there. The man could really do faces - looking at his drawings is like meeting some of these people in the flesh.
The fourth stack is of books I'm consulting for a potential future article: Erik Routley's The English Carol and Phillips' Carols: Their Origin, Music, and Connection with Mystery-Plays.
Finally, among the papers and general miscellany on the table next to my desk is Robert Hand's Horoscope Symbols and Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo's Eat Right 4 Your Type.
Whew! I won't list what's in the two bookcases on the wall behind me.
Doctor Zhivago is in the stack of books on the bedside table in the other room.
As for the other books people are reading now: I'm mightily impressed. I didn't read as much during the summer as I hoped I would. I wrote a lot, though, and read a lot in preparation for classes I will teach. Classes begin next week! Tomorrow is the first meeting of the year.
margad, the scene with the boy touching the loom: I can still remember struggling with that scene. It grew out of many days and weeks of trying. Another scene I struggled with is the one with Lydia and Cleopatra, where Lydia gives her sister the food in order to prolong the meal. Talk about crying; I cried when I wrote that. It was such a simple gesture of love. I thought about how easy it really is to show people we love them; but too often we don't.
Thank you to you both for your interest. I mean that. From my heart's bottom, I thank you. I do, I do.
People at LT are the best!
The book changed my life in that it improved my situation at work. I still have hopes more people will read it; perhaps if I finish another book? My next novel is slow coming, but I have finished several short stories since Hurricanes came out.
The erotic undercurrent of Hurricanes was definitely intentional. I have struggled personally a lot of years trying to come to terms with my sexuality, what it means to be a sexual being. I think nothing says "life" as much as sex, and I've come to believe in sex as something sacred. If we are off kilter in our sexuality, we aren't whole.
I never tried to read Five People You Meet In Heaven, but I too had some issues with The Lovely Bones. I seem to be in the minority on that: interesting that you share my view. Maybe we can talk about that sometime.
When somebody asked Mark Rothko how long he'd worked on a certain painting, he said, "55 years." According to that wonderful logic, I worked on Hurricanes for 45 years. But it was 6 years of actual putting words on paper. Underneath my desk is a mountain of paper, all drafts and discarded ideas pertaining to that book. I will admit to being hurt when more people didn't read it, but I learned to put that behind me and contine to soldier on in my writing. But I have to admit, hearing you talk about it, geneg, makes me feel very, very good.
BTW, I just finished it not ten minutes ago, and after I let it simmer a little while. I am going to review it here.
The Bulk of my library is crammed around my computer desk in the loft. Most shelves are double shelved and or side stacked for greater storage. (A friend of mine once asked if the supports of the house could take all the weight in that one spot.)
Sidney's A Defense of Poetry
Aquinas' On Being and Essence
Kaufmann's Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Marie Rilke
The Collected Poems of John Donne
The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke
The Selected Poems of John Crowe Ransom
The Collected Poems of Alexander Pope
Franz Wright's God's Silence
The Yeats Reader
William Matthews' Search Party
Charles Kennedy's An Anthology of Old English Poetry
and The Collected Works of Flannery O'Connor
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Here in my cubicle at work I have a medical dictionary, a dictionary, thesaurus, medical and legal spellers, the Gregg Reference Manual, a Bill Moyers book, Healing and the Mind, The Power to Heal and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Plus whatever books I've brought with me for the commute and the lunch read.
webster's new world spanish dictionary
the new penguin book of english verse- of course i'll never read the whole thing. but its an amazing book.
another republic: 17 european and south american writers
art and nature: an illustrated anthology of nature poetry- i found this book at a used book store and though i thought it was going to be cheesy i bought it because it had really nice images from art at the metropolitan museum. actually its a very good anthology too.
the last three of these books i've picked from my shelves within the last year to quote something but still haven't put the back. its a process.
William Burroughs: A Portrait, Barry Miles
Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson
Walt Whitman, Jerome Loving
Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind, Robert Richardson
Karl Jaspers, A Biography: Navigations in Truth, Suzanne Kirkbright
Searching for Robert Johnson, Peter Guralnick
The World Don't Owe Me Nothing, David Honeyboy Edwards
Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust
J. M. W. Turner, Ian Warrell
Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, Gail Levin
Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe
The Elusive Presence, Samuel Terrien
These are the books scattered about my desk top as of this morning. Most of them are part of a current writing project. Over half of them will probably find their homes again on the shelf by Monday. My current reading is the Miles David Autobiography.
*hmmm -- touchstones seem to be out-to-lunch today....
American Indian Trickster Tales
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary short Fiction
Adultry & Other Choices by Andre Dubus
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Souvenir Booklet from the Henry Miller Library
Godel, Escher, Bach -- this is being discussed now in a thread at: http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=33412
God : Alexander Waugh - not sure I'm going to finish this.
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats - perceptive and funny to cat owners
formless by yves alain bois is one of those books that i encounter periodically and keep saying i will read some day but never do. there should be a name for that kind of books. anyhoo a friend in grad school swore it was the best thing ever.
By the way I've just joined this group,so Hello.
I've really been getting into Emerson lately. He's much more interesting than I thought he was when I was in the Master's program in college! :-)
I'm really interested in the extent to which Emerson sought awakeness, awareness, enlightenment, and he did so, in my opinion, without getting "weird" (like Fourier). Interesting, too, that he seemed to reject the Greek stoicism regarding tragedy: how suffering brings wisdom. Emerson could not accept that the loss of his wife and son could bring him anything other than sadness, grief.
Have you started the new thread?
If not, at the moment I am surrounded by, say...
500 SF and other books in my lounge room. They have been put onto LT (I hope)
I found I have 2 (or more?) copies of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.
Of course I double check any words I find in a single copy. Always the same...
No, not that mad, just so many books (out of storage)
Have you noticed that books glare at you if they haven't been read for a while?
Your Aussi nut, Guido.