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Thank you, Patti. I just listened to your interviews with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW’s show Bookworm, recorded right after the publication of Just Kids. Brilliant all around. His show sustained and informed me for decades, and to go back and hear your sessions again was a real joy.

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Oh I loved this. Please do another one, Patti. I remember as a child sitting in my bed, poring endlessly over the poems and illustrations in A Child’s Garden Of Verse. I loved it so much. The start of my journey into poetry.

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Our bookshelves contain the track of our lives, and if that’s not precious, I don’t know what would be. When you go into someone’s home and see the books they read, you know with whom you are engaging. Thanks Patti for showing these really interesting tomes, and always for your eclectic and intelligent recommendations. I’ve bought so many of them when I could find them after hearing you discuss them.

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Like you I love seeing others bookshelves, a window to their soul. They tell you so much about a person. Books as objects beyond the story. A story, the sentence strung along the shelf like a fine necklace of thoughts.

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Wow. I don’t know how but l missed this post. How lovely to see all those books and treasures you have in your bookcases. The Master and The Margarita is a great favourite of mine as is anything by Haruki Murakami and H P Lovecraft l haven’t read for years. Lovely seeing the photo of William Blake’s Grave, it’s not far from me here in London and every time I visit I always think of you. Thank you Patti 🙏

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I reviewed the video.

I was surprised to see that Naoya Shiga's long story, A Dark Night Passing. The short story is widely read . Dazai's Tsugaru and Shiga side by side makes me think that he really likes Japanese full-length novels, not only Murakami in English and American literary style. Shiga is good for his neat style of writing.

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Oh boy, that felt good! In my mind I kept walking by my book shelves. Showing you this, that, and the other. - The other day I just told Henry, the 9 year old son of my Chinese acupuncturist, about German fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. They worked out of the University of Göttingen, not far from where I grew up. While vividly recalling The Frog King and mentioning Heinrich (Henry!) who drives the King’s carriage, I had to talk about Rapunzel, and Aschenputtel (Cinderella), too, while he related it to a Chinese legend involving golden shoes. I was mesmerized.

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Loved your library tour! Thank you for sharing!

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A wonderful look at your shelves, thank you dear Patti for sharing 🤗💜🌸

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Those are jerks - peeping around you 😤

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Thank you!!

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Thank you for sharing your beautiful books!

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I love to see people’s books especially yours so thanks for showing. I have to move soon and have been struggling with my own collection and culling. Interested to see Bernhard’s “The Loser” which I have wanted to read.

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🎈 I don't know if I should thank you or put a curse on you - fear not, I haven't the slightest idea how to do the latter. I loved having you share your books and your personal knickknacks, photos, etc on your book shelves with us - and I do want to see them all - they tell us who we were and have become - well, I want to see only those books you have chosen to honor by having them installed on your bookshelves. . . just keep the ones in boxes or storage where they are.

One of my favorite time-fillers, is sitting on the floor of my studio and looking at and occasionally taking out for inspection or remembrance some books that catch my eye. Not only is every book filled with a world of it's own, but it has a personal, an intimate relationship with myself. I treasure my books as much as the people in my life I love and I've loved, - especially my cats. In fact, for me and my personal issues with loss and fear of abandonment, people and pets by nature come and go - ultimately they die - but books, they last forever.

Got to stop now, but I'm thinking - thanks to you Patti, I'm thinking of starting a blog or journal about me and my life with books. And I think it would be so cool to film or photo all the books I still have on my shelves - I donated over 3,000 mostly art-related books (many purchased at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton MA) over the past 55 years. . Maybe this photo/film project will be of greater interest then my website to my life and love off all things feline I created for my grandchildren nearly 20 years ago - especially those granddaughters I have never been allowed to met.

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Agnes Martin! Love her work to death. With My Back To The World inspired a play of mine.

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