The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: Officially, those self-replicating blog-games are a menace, an invasive species from somewhere along the boundary separating a pyramid scheme from the Name Game. Unofficially, I'm flattered whenever someone asks me to participate. In this case, the game is called Book Tag and the fellow who tagged me is
Kevin Carson.

As with the last chain letter to drift through this site, which is strikingly similar, I'm supposed to answer five questions about books. OK:

1. The total number of books I own. I don't know. Many. You'd be better off asking me to count the shelves.

2. The last book I bought. Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson. I haven't finished it yet. So far it's a smart thriller.

3. The last book I read. Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls, by Lucy Corin. An excellent novel. I hope to post more about it later this week.

4. Five books that mean a lot to me. I appreciate the fact that I'm not being asked to pick the tomes that mean the most to me, or some other list of "top" books. Here's an assortment:

The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov.

A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick.

The Economy of Cities, by Jane Jacobs. I thought about picking her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, but this one isn't as well-known even though it's arguably as good. Consider this an advertisement.

The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien.

Ceremonial Chemistry, by Thomas Szasz.

5. Tag five people and have them do this on their blogs. That's a tall order, sir. I can do the tagging, but I don't have the power to compel.

George Hunka. Yes, he's allowed to pick plays.

Steve Koppelman. In hopes he'll find a way to work in a review of a taco stand.

Sara Rimensnyder. By hook or by crook, we'll get her to blog again.

Sara Ryan. All the Sara R.'s are getting called out today.

Matt Welch. Because he tagged me last time, and turnabout is fair play.

posted by Jesse 1:48 PM
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