You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be? Why?
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man | Of humble origin, self taught, Paine revered wisdon and logic; was suspicious of supertstition, bigotry, and inherited class privilege | Able to articulate the thoughts of many, a visionary, this tome was, and is a call to revolution and social change | A firebrand with a clear vision and a message of social justice | Works for me |
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Hmmm | Don't think I've had a "crush" on anyone in ages, real or fictional | But, I'll give it a go | One of the protagonists in a Robert Heinlein book; can't recall the title but the story line was that a group of explorers were teleported to a far away planet by accident | I've had crushes on a number of characters in Louis Lamour novels |
The last book you bought is:
Cass Sunstein Why Societies Need Dissent | Picked it up at the MASS MoCA bookstore |
The last book you read:
Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 by Annie Proulx
What are you currently reading?
My reading bounces around a lot | Here's things I've been working on | Flophouse: Life on the Bowery, by David Isay, Stacy Abramson and Harvey Wang | Fresh Men, New Voices in Gay Fiction, selected by Edmund White | The last [online] issue of the Grey Literature Report | Magazines: New Yorker; Colors; Planner's Web; NRA's American Hunter | I'm always reading Elizabteh Castro's HTML for the Web, does that count?
Five books you would take to a deserted island:1- Ancient Carpenter's Tools: Illustrated and Explained, Together With the Implements of the Lumberman, Joiner, and Cabinet-Maker in Use in the Eighteenth Century by Henry Chapman Mercer | Sure as shootin, I wouldn't want to just live in a thatch hutWho are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
2- The Art of Warfare by Sun Tzu [I'll get fussy; I'd want the 1993 Roger Ames translation] | best to be prepared, never know when that desert island gets visited by hostile invaders
3- The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy or The Wild Palate by Nancy and Walter Hall | depends on whether I want to appease my inner hypochondriac or identify edibles I had not previously known
4- 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | With the first I'd finally be able to figure out who is whom in relation to one another; with the second, I'd have the proxy companionship of a throughly interesting man
5- The thickest [# of pages] blank sketchbook [pH neutral paper, of course] I could find. I'd no doubt want to write and sketch while left there
Van Waffle, because he's a natrualist, writer, photographer and reader; Joel Sax, a poet and author who'se seemed to enjoy memes of this sort; and Stuart Savory a peripatetic traveler of the internet's vast territories and whose perspectives I respect |