Tuesday, October 10, 2006
TAGGED, MEMED, DELIVERED: Daniel McCarthy has filled out one of those questionnaires cum chain letters that crawl around the blogosphere, and he's asked me to do the same. This one isn't as interesting as the last few book-memes, but I'll bite:
One book that has changed your life?
You want a change in lifestyle? Spend a few years writing a book yourself. I pick Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, by Jesse Walker.
One book that you have read more than once?
You ask this of a parent? I read books more than once practically every night. Here's one: How to Be a Pig, by Ima Swine.
One book you would want on a desert island?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: A complete Encyclopedia Brittanica. Because it's big, and I'll need firewood.
One book that made you cry?
If a book ever made me cry, it was too long ago for me to remember it. I suppressed the ability to cry when I was 12 or 13 years old. Really: I can tear up, but I can't sob.
One book that made you laugh?
The Unfortunate Fursey, by Mervyn Wall.
One book you wish had been written?
The World Turned Upside Down, by Robert Anton Wilson. Looks like the cliffhanger at the end of Nature's God will never be resolved.
One book you wish had never been written?
Projecting Paranoia: Conspiratorial Visions in American Film, by Ray Pratt. I haven't read it, I have no idea whether I agree with it, and I have nothing against the author. But I was going to write a book on the exact same topic, dammit, and then this thing came out.
One book you're currently reading?
Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture, by John Strausbaugh.
One book you've been meaning to read?
The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem.
Pass it on.
OK: I pick Henry Kissinger, Justin Timberlake, Derek Jeter, Prince Abdullah, and you, the noble reader.
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