October 04, 2007

Another Slow Day, Another Book Meme

Via Doppelganger--feel free to participate!

1. Hardcover or paperback, and why?
Paperback; I do most of my reading on the bus.

2. If I were to own a book shop I would call it…
Small Words. Just as my mother’s organic plant nursery would be called Tiny Trees, because to be a Smallwood is to be a punner.

3. My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is…
Lord; I attach a new sig line to my email every time I read a new book. The only ones I remember by heart are Shakespeare, usually from Hamlet, which I quote at least once a day whether I want to or not.

"Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Ex: college. [This scene also has one of my favorites: ”I could live in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I had bad dreams.”]

4. The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be…
I echo Doppelganger; there’s no damn way I would not embarrass myself. But I think I’ve answered this question before with Thoreau, who was also a little socially retarded; between our mutual love of hiking and railing against the establishment, we might manage a nice picnic together.

5. If I was on a deserted island and only had one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be…
Ugh, always with this question. I suppose I’d bring the OED, so I could use the spare time to become the most verbose castaway ever. If I ever got rescued, I’d have a million adjectives for “hot,” “thirsty” and “cruise director.”

6. I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…
Reads the text into my head when I lay my arm across the pages (and is free to the blind and migraine-prone).

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of…
The many early-90s hours I spent in the Milan Public Library, reading Gone with the Wind and Star Trek novels and seeing if the staff had added any new Terry Pratchetts. Which they rarely did, so I consoled myself by listening to “The Dance of the Thirteen Skeletons” again, on a turntable with the giant, padded plane-landing headphones. Consequently, old book smell is one of my all time favorites, like dirt and curry and wet leaves—and similarly gets me (and probably you, if you’re reading this far) a little hot.

8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…
Oh, gracious… Thursday Next? But I feel like that was her own life; I would rather interpret, like a role, than know the A to Z of it outright. So probably Viola. Except Orsino was a fucking whiner, so I’d have left him for the fool. This question is really hard to answer; I think the ideal female lead hasn’t been written yet—or at least, the one you’d actually like to be.

9. The most overestimated book of all times is…
I’m not the first to say it, but: The Bible. No other book has done so much, for good or ill, for so long. The DaVinci Code is a simmering second—it has conspiracy theories as well as Christianity, providing ample opportunity for people of all stripes to entertain their “Behind the Music” Jesus-wankery* for longer than the tripe-flavored tome lasted, which was half my adult life.

10. I hate it when a book…
Oooh, dead tie.
1) Is awesome in the first couple chapters, then falls apart steadily until I hate it by the end.
2) Ends

* Hell for a hyphen, that's me.

1 comment:

crdrue said...

Now that I'm back in school I could reply with my own book lists. I think, though, that I would bore you endlessly with my ever growing list of social theorists rambling about the formation of states...