The Passing of the Stick
Friday March 25th 2005, 8:40 pm
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From Litblitz, I’ve got a meme thingie:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
(Assuming this is the question about burning a book…)

If I were a book to be burned, I think Bookbinding for Beginners. Published in the 60s, it was seriously the most boring book I have ever read and I hated every page of its incredibly difficult instructions with its impossible tools. Who the hell has one of those ten-ton book-pressing gadgets in their kitchens? They talked about whipping up books like it’s doing the chicken dance. Yeah, I could have stopped reading but I once felt a need to finish every book I ever read.

If the question is, which of those book-memorizing sages would I be, why I would be the guy that memorizes archy and mehitabel, one of the greatest books of the Twentieth Century. (I do need to bow low at the feet of Karen, for buying me that vintage copy years ago and introducing me to this wonder. I also need to mention that I was thinking of Fahrenheit 451 for the last two days. Odd how this meme came at the right time.)

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Huckleberry Finn. Was that ever a painful crush! Not only was the book written a century before me – if Huckleberry Finn was based on a real boy, no way I could ever find the muse – the book was also fictional! Even if I had a time machine to travel back in time, stalk Mark Twain and force him to point me in the direction of his inspiration, I would still be no closer to hooking up with Huckleberry.

But, boy, was he ever sweet! An orphan and a rebel – swoon!

The last book you bought is:

Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope.

The last book you read:

The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel. Nope, didn’t like it.

What are you currently reading?

See “Currently Reading” at right. I am trying to finish the Susan Orlean book first as that needs to go back to the library in two weeks.


Five books you would take to a deserted island:

1. The Collected Works of Tove Jansson, or, if there is no such thing by the time I am a castaway, Moominpappa at Sea.

2. Provided I could bring a dictionary with me, San Mao’s Sahara Story, so I could practice my Chinese. But maybe I should be practicing my Romanian, maybe I should bring something by Liviu Rebreanu?

3. The Ambassadors by Henry James.

4. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg.

5. The Complete Steinbeck. I bet I’ll still be slogging through East of Eden after I’m marooned on my desert island.


Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Charles/Frank (because, acting in unison, they can come up with something weird)
MaikoPunk (because she’s a writer and reader, too)
Raspberry (because she’s an academic type)

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