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Offline Mesachie

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What is in your permanent library?
« on: December 19, 2010, 06:18:58 AM »
I do not want to limit this to any particular media or genre. Animation, film, novels, heck ... even a textbook if you find it worth returning to for whatever reason, is the subject here.

Animation:

Studio Ghibli started me into anime and I return to it periodically.  When I had pirated copies, I went out to find the originals and buy them (well, the Disney versions because I really liked the dubs).  I routinely try to turn people, usually younger (non-) viewers, onto them when I have a chance.  So Spirited Away is my first choice and most of the rest of their work gets screen time every couple of years.

Film:

Oh, too much, so I'll limit it.  John Ford gets air time, as does Peckinpah, and Wilder.  These are directors I am talking about, if my references are a bit dated.  Movies are Stagecoach (which lost in its Oscar bid to another classic, Gone with the Wind), The Wild Bunch, Stalag 17 and, amusingly opposite, Sabrina (both by Wilder).  Leon the Professional, Malena, and the two part Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring grab space as does Kurosawa with Seven Samurai and a number of his other movies.   I will stop here since I love movies and it much easier to allot a couple  of hours to enjoy them again than longer works such as tv series and novels. 

Television:

There is almost nothing on TV that I re-watch after the first time.  Not American stuff, not Japanese stuff.  Interestingly, I did do Jumong (Korean Historical TV series) a couple of times, but that was me being dragged along (or overruled) by the family for what we'd all watch.  Oh, I did make the effort to get the mini-series Shogun but was deeply disappointed in the ending and it has been removed from further viewing.   

Books:

Surprisingly only one book makes my for sure list: King Rat by James Clavell gets reread every five to ten years.  In my younger days, I was quite avid about Sci-Fi but fell out of it and rarely revisit the genre.  If and when I do, though there are better authors, Heinlein comes to mind, probably Glory Road. And Asimov's I Robot.  Lastly the less well known  A Canticle for Liebowitz might just get on my reading list in the not too distant future.  Sophie's Choice kind of beckons for a reread, but it isn't Sci-Fi at all. 

History: 

William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of Hitler is on my wanna-do-it-again list if I find a good copy cheap.  So is Durant's The Story of Philosophy.

How about you guys and gals? What stays with you, get's boxed and moved when you change your dwelling or at least is permanently on your “do again” list? 
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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2011, 12:00:13 AM »
I like to flaunt my obnoxiously titled novelty porno-grade items by placing them in very well lit areas where they can receive the attention they deserve.

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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011, 09:03:04 AM »
All the anime, film, tv shows I've watched were on the computer or the movie theater. My only permanent library is my... well... library, and a better question would be what isn't there...I honestly cannot think of a classic, philosophical work, or religious/historical text that is not part of the collection... You name it and it is probably somewhere in the shelves. Most of the books are my fathers though since it is technically his library... But I spend just as much time there.
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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 09:39:43 AM »
I like to flaunt my obnoxiously titled novelty porno-grade items by placing them in very well lit areas where they can receive the attention they deserve.

It would be way too much fun to visit your seamy .. err ... steamy library of ardor, Seven.  My small but treasured porn collection started out as literature, well, as much as porn can be literature, though a few of us look at all literature as a form of porn with tediously long bits of foreplay. :)  But I soon devolved to graphic novels and ended up ordering manga from Japan (Damn you J-List).  Little did I realize it was all going to be in ... Japanese!  I don't know how long it took me to figure out that the dang thing flowed almost the reverse of American panels.  Not only unreadable, but the graphic flow of Japanese manga was the equivalent of visual hiccups initially.  However the artwork was great and the characters inventive and flexible beyond belief.  So I stuck with it, though J-List would not have survived on my patronage. 

Sadly, upon marriage, my petite but perverse collection of halogen illuminated sexual nirvana were placed in dark boxes with strong locks.  Not that my wife objected actually, but now we entertain the occasional underage in-law, so what the heck.  Better out of sight, but I do throw the occasional wistful look at my padlocked book storage area. As time progresses, I fear I've lost the combo to the sucker anyway. 

But I love books of all sorts, if you haven't noticed.  And for that, I rarely apologize except when I am flat broke and can't buy them.  That sucks.  When I had to sell my original Edogawa Rampo novels, I was very unhappy.  Glad I got to read them (in translation) though. 

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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011, 10:04:49 AM »
MK, I admire your father!  My father didn't really have a library.  Instead he was a county administrator for a back water part of the mid-western USA.  So his whole office was a library.  Saturday afternoons were often spent on the floor going through the encyclopedias and collections of photography that were popular before the advent of the internet.  Well, before the advent of TV too. 

I have had and lost, sold and rebuilt half a dozen collections over the years.  Sometimes very popular stuff, very sci-fi or gumshoe, other times I was all about catching up on the so-called classics.  Now, to be honestly, many that sit out in the light are often cookbooks and my current favorite is a guide to making cheese.  I am stalking the fresh mozzarella in the wild boondocks of Luzon.  Life has many flavors of adventure! 
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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 11:18:12 AM »
I like to flaunt my obnoxiously titled novelty porno-grade items by placing them in very well lit areas where they can receive the attention they deserve.

It would be way too much fun to visit your seamy .. err ... steamy library of ardor, Seven.  My small but treasured porn collection started out as literature, well, as much as porn can be literature, though a few of us look at all literature as a form of porn with tediously long bits of foreplay. :)  But I soon devolved to graphic novels and ended up ordering manga from Japan (Damn you J-List).  Little did I realize it was all going to be in ... Japanese!  I don't know how long it took me to figure out that the dang thing flowed almost the reverse of American panels.  Not only unreadable, but the graphic flow of Japanese manga was the equivalent of visual hiccups initially.  However the artwork was great and the characters inventive and flexible beyond belief.  So I stuck with it, though J-List would not have survived on my patronage. 

Sadly, upon marriage, my petite but perverse collection of halogen illuminated sexual nirvana were placed in dark boxes with strong locks.  Not that my wife objected actually, but now we entertain the occasional underage in-law, so what the heck.  Better out of sight, but I do throw the occasional wistful look at my padlocked book storage area. As time progresses, I fear I've lost the combo to the sucker anyway. 

But I love books of all sorts, if you haven't noticed.  And for that, I rarely apologize except when I am flat broke and can't buy them.  That sucks.  When I had to sell my original Edogawa Rampo novels, I was very unhappy.  Glad I got to read them (in translation) though. 

Pervert.

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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 12:02:26 PM »
Absolutely nothing.

The power of the internet.

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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2011, 12:59:52 PM »
Absolutely nothing.  The power of the internet.

More like, "the power of theft" amirite?!

As for me, I have a ton of anime titles ranging from VHS tapes to Blue Rays.  I don't keep a lot of books.
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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2011, 01:45:46 PM »
@Seven, I am so disappointed.  Not in the word, which is actually one of my favorites.  But that it was used before I had a chance to post my contrarian views of MM! However, I really didn't start the thread to make judgments about anyone, even myself, but rather to see what they prized which sources of ideas stayed with them, what was considered important enough to keep in arm's reach. So perhaps I will withdraw from the thread since I like the exchange of ideas, not labels, however fond I am of them.   

@AuroraFlame I hear that, but in my little bit of the world, the power of electricity isn't a given 24/7, to heck the internet.  We can go for days without any of that.  I was so disappointed when Santa Claus didn't bring me an electric generator, even a small one.  But I am a huge admirer of the internet, for all its warts.  Never in mankind's history has so much knowledge been at the fingertips of just about *everyone*!  The vast array of information, art and ideas are almost as easily accessed by anyone in a remote island with 20 or 30 cents to spare as the wealthiest guy in NYC or London.  Way way cool! Just not way way constant. 

@TIF, Wow, I'd love to be a bug in your place.  My collection of anime, outside of Studio Gibli, is very hit and miss, almost without intention.  Part of it may be simply that I am enjoying  my exposure the genre, that I still learn from the bad along with the good.  My place is quite awash in DVD's, mostly cinema, though some are instructional or informational.  And I too have a few VHS tapes floating around, but no player! :(  Sadly not anime, but cooking school stuff. 

And while I ran into Project Gutenberg awhile back, I only recently ran across Adobe Digital Editions software, which has made reading books online much more pleasant for me.  I have started downloading lots of stuff I read years ago, books I wouldn't normally keep or lug around in a paper version.  And even though I live in the proverbial "boonies" I am very tempted to get a Kindle or similar so that I can pull out a book (or a hundred different books) and read one when I'm stuck waiting for the family or killing time in one of the endless government offices necessary for immigrants to visit.   

My next purchase, to be shipped by slow boat, is the easily rotational stand for an LCD monitor so that I can display pdf files better and even more importantly, so that I can enjoy a much nicer display of manga than the landscape mode gives.  Did I read somewhere that you don't do manga at all?  Or was that another of the reviewers here?
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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2011, 06:50:11 PM »
@Seven, I am so disappointed.  Not in the word, which is actually one of my favorites.  But that it was used before I had a chance to post my contrarian views of MM! However, I really didn't start the thread to make judgments about anyone, even myself, but rather to see what they prized which sources of ideas stayed with them, what was considered important enough to keep in arm's reach. So perhaps I will withdraw from the thread since I like the exchange of ideas, not labels, however fond I am of them.

Whatever, pervert. I saw you lookin' at my jimmy. If you want my body and you think I'm sexy, come on sugar, let me know.

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Re: What is in your permanent library?
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 08:23:01 AM »
An admonishing compass
sets course by  a civil star,
sorrow  demands a teary
leeward wind to the strutting
South Park Jimmy

Let him Fly  his Buccaneer finery,
all sixes and sevens to some
but gorgeous in his corselette,
 He billows, “Avast Ye Swabbets
I am of a saccharine persuasion”

Yet for all his lustrous regalia
buffed and rebuffed to a fine shine
his trimmings were small and
pale and quite granulated showing
a lack of real muscavado

Less Mano o Mano and much
more  Manolo o Manolo
He ground his spiky heels
petulantly ...  his phat prize
all jolly and untouched
« Last Edit: January 15, 2011, 08:36:19 AM by Mesachie »
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