September 26, 2006

Book 'Em

Hey, it's a blog meme, and Dave tagged me. Fun fact: These ten "questions," which (ironically enough) probe my literary interests, are actually sentence fragments with grammatically dubious question marks tacked on.

1. One book that changed your life?

5001 Nights at the Movies by Pauline Kael. I used to think I wanted to be a filmmaker. Kael showed me that reviews could be even better than the movies, and inspired me to join the college paper as a critic; that's how I realized what I really wanted to do with my life.

2. One book that you have read more than once?

I read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin both when I was in grade school and again within the past couple years. It was just as good as I'd remembered.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Something hollow and filled with powerful opiates (I'd rather drown after passing out in the ocean from narcosis than die of thirst in the sun, even with a good book).

4. One book that made you cry?

Movies, symphonies, even pop songs have made me cry, but I can't think of a book that has (not even from physical impact).

5. One book that made you laugh?


6. One book you wish had been written?

The Jews: Fine Folks Who Are Just Terrific To Have Around by Adolf Schicklgruber.

7. One book you wish had never been written?

The Communist Manifesto.

8. One book you are reading currently?

I'm not sure there if there is one; I start a lot of books that I don't finish. But there also could be several that I'm "in the middle of," since sometimes I pick up books that I set aside a year or two ago.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Books I am "in the middle of" (see number 8) may count as books I've been meaning to read. On the other hand, they may not. Anyway, if you want a title, I'll give you Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis. Someone told me I might like it if I give it another chance.

10. Pass it on

J.P., James, and Shawn (who can do it while guestblogging at Jeremy's place).

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September 11, 2006


The 2996 Project that I posted about over at ASB seems to be having server problems. Here's a mirror site. And thanks to Kristine for leaving a comment below directing me to the 9/11 memorial slideshow that I was looking for last year.

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