Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Reading Meme

Because she said nice things about me on her website (see: Tales of a 9th Grade Tuba Player), I answer burning questions about my reading habits. Don't thank me, thank her.

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. What book do you want to be?
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (It's been on my mind. It must be those prostitutes.)

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
In high school, I think I was in love with Holden Caulfield. But I definitely was in love with Ambrose, star of "Lost in The Funhouse. " I think it was all the descriptions of him in the funhouse with that girl. Or something about sweaty legs sticking to the back seat on family car trips.

The last book you bought is?
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon? For Son? Okay, I'll say Letters to Wendy's by Joe Wenderoth for Middlebrow. And The Complete History of New Mexico by Kevin McIlvoy. Both at AWP.

What are you currently reading?
Loving Che, by Ana Menendez. And some Elizabeth George novel. Not at the same time of course (but sort of at the same time, in that I am in the middle of both).
I should say student portfolios, but I haven't started them. Yet.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:
  1. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn. Because I haven't read it yet and I'm sure it's great.
  2. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. Because I have read it, it is great, and I would love to read it again. And again.
  3. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson. Because I've read it, like, three times. And I would read it again. And then I could read it out loud. And then I could do a dramatic modern dance interpretation of it. And maybe I could become J.W. and magically transform into a "writer."
  4. Oyster, by Janette Turner Hospital. (What's with these Jane-/Jean-ettes?) It is amazingly captivating with its lyricism and plot. What I aspire to.
  5. Remembrance of Things Past (the Lydia Davis translation). I'd finally have time!

Three people you hope will answer this meme after you:

  1. Middlebrow. Because I want to know the answers.
  2. Sleepy E. I wonder if The Red Pony would end up anywhere on his list?
  3. HighTouchMegastore. Because I want to know the answers.


Lisa B. said...

Fahrenheit 451: Ulysses. It would be so great to have all those voices.

Crush: Jack Foley in Elmore Leonard's Out of Sight. V. sexy scenes in this book--perfectly written, not one precious note. And I truly did read this way before the movie.

Last book you bought is? 2--Kenneth Koch's New Addresses and The Complete Poems of Hart Crane.

Currently reading: see above; also Teletheory by Greg Ulmer.

Five Books: I am so prepared to answer this question!

1. Whitman, Song of Myself. Because it's really the big poem for me.
2. Some gigantic Dickens novel that I've already read--Our Mutual Friend? Little Dorrit? Big. Plentiful. Funny and sad. Laugh and cry.
3. Underworld, de Lillo. Because it's just that great.
4. In the Skin of a Lion, Ondaatje. Strange and lyrical and sexy and violent.
5. I think if I say the Bible, I will seem freakish and scary in the new Dominion-oriented landscape. So I'll say . . . hmm, I'm not as prepared as I thought! I'm saying The Woman Warrior, because Kingston's style seems endlessly gorgeous and surprising in that book.

Three people you hope will answer this meme after you:

Middle-brow, of course, because he will.
Francesca Unwound, because she's my best friend forever, and it's good to keep up with your best friend.
Signifying Nothing, aka Clint, who has the coolest site ever.

susansinclair said...

No, I almost said the bible, too, because there's so many interesting ideas. I mean, it's basically an anthology, right? Just one put together over a really really long time...

Lisa B. said...

Hey, susansinclair, I just read your responses, and saw The Phantom Tollbooth, and remembered that I totally censored myself from putting Harriet the Spy in plenty of places on mine. I used to read this book at least once a summer.

Rae M. said...

Dr. Write, you are thankfully keeping me from doing work! Yippee!

Fahrenheit 451: I'm paralyzed on this one. Perhaps it would be Winning Casino Blackjack that I see on my shelf.

Crush: Too many to count. James Frey in A Million Little Pieces (I know, not really fictional but not really the author either), I admit it John Grady Cole (All the Pretty Horses), Fred from A Fan's Notes. This should tell you something about my taste in men.

The last book you bought: Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett and Anne Sexton A Portrait in Letters.

Currently reading: Darkness Visible, William Styron and new de Kooning biography.

Five Books: Ulysses (because I've never read it and I'd finally have enough time to try to figure it out), the Bible (for sheer narrative quantity), In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien, Unless by Carol Shields, The Sun Also Rises.