Apr 19, 2005

A New Distraction: Blog meme thingy

Okay - so just what I needed: a new thing to do while I'm trying to stop procrastinating. Thanks a lot, Saurav. But because I'm a good sport, and I actually like the more interactive element of blogging to which I am getting more exposed (i.e.: blog melas, comment-fests, etc), I'll play along. So here are the questions and my responses:

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be? (explanation)
This is a good question. Maybe I would be The Synonym Finder, by J.I. Rodale, just because then people writing articles or press releases or grad school application essays would really be interested in what I have to quote back to them, as I would have killed the guy who became the thesaurus, and this is a better book anyway.

Then again, maybe I would become the Anarchist Cookbook. But then would people get locked up for talking to me?

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Hmmm. Not that I know of, but I'm sure I'll think of something.

The last book you bought is?
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere. Usually, my answer would be something foolish, but it just so happens that this meme caught me at a good moment.

What are you currently reading?
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Friere.
The Fifth Book of Peace, Maxine Hong Kingston.
The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, Brower and Leon.

Five books you would take to a deserted island
1) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. (not because the movie is coming out, but because I actually still laugh out loud when reading about Dentarthurdent).

2) The Elements of Style, Strunk and White. If I don't have a lot of books to read, I guess I'll be writing more, and I want English grammar be good.

3) The Prydain Chronicles, Lloyd Alexander. Okay - so this is 5 books, but they are kids books, and I love them, and it's my post, so I can do whatever I want.

4) The Euskera translation of Remembrances of Things Past/In Search of Lost Time (new translation title), by Marcel Proust. Essentially one novel which stretches across a cycle of 7 novels (and 3,200 pages), ROTP/ISLT is truly epic. I gave up on getting through the first chapter of the first book in the English translation of the original French, but I figure that since I'll be alone and bored on this island, it would be even more fun to go through the entire novel in Euskera, the language of the Basque people, which is said not to be related to any other modern language on Earth.

5) A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth. Alternatively referred to as "the doorstop", "that unwieldy thing", and "ugh", this tome would be an effective weapon if I were fighting beasties akin to those seen or heard on the ABC drama, "Lost". In addition, the volume would make an excellent anchor for my getaway raft.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why
Damn. I don't have a lot of blog buddies, though I do have a lot of folks who read regularly, but they don't blog (are the two mutually exclusive? I wonder). So I'll send it to BurnedOutEyes, TheSmittenKitten, and Wylev.


someone else said...

sorry :)

elements of style--good choice. i highly approwe. but proust? you'll go ewen more nuts.

since you like blog melas, play in mine--http://darkdaysahead.blogspot.com/2005/04/its-another-blog-mela.html

open to all :)

Jon without an "h" said...

That is the first questionaire I have actually wanted to answer!

Rage said...

you'll go ewen more nuts.

As in, Ewen McGregor nuts? As in Star Wars III nuts? As in should I waste my hard-earned money on Star Wars III: The Last Hope (for the faithful fans who want to strangle Jar Jar and hit mute whenever anyone spoke in the second film?

Jon - feel free - fun for the whole family. Well, I guess it depends on your choice of literature, enit?

burnedouteyes said...

Interesting, never seen one of these meme things!

in parts...

What are you currently reading?
- Zen Teaching, Zen Practice - ed. Kenneth Kraft
- The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad (I was assigned this book back in college but never read it... I idly picked it up at my Mom's house, mainly b/c of it's size - very portable - and decided to give it another go. But I can't say whether I'll stick with it.)
- On Being a Therapist - Jeffrey A. Kottler (no bs account of the therapist experience, effect on personal relationships)
- Beyond Good and Evil - Nietzsche (in fits and starts)
- Memories, Dreams, Reflections - Jung (bogged down a bit in the chapters about early years. I read this great comic book about Jung that already laid out his life and themes, so maybe that's why I don't feel the spark.)

burnedouteyes said...

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Many, many times. Kind of hard to remember them...

Oh here's one - the girl in A Bridge to Terabithia.

burnedouteyes said...

Which book do you want to be?
Somehow I know this is not my final answer... but right now, I'd be torn between:
Almost Transparent Blue - Ryu Murakami
and Ada, or Ardor - Nabokov
I'm a bit embarrassed about the choices, they show the eternal teenager in me. A bit overconfident, awkwardly grandiose. But mainly I think I love these 2 because they seem to almost capture the unbearable sensuality and pain of moments in time. I guess that's what I mean by "teenage" -- the leaps where every other duty and structure and responsibility fall away, except maybe for love and lust.

Rage said...

thanks for the responses, burny! I didn't expect them here, so that's an additional treat!

Wow - the Bridge to Terebithia - now you're taking ME way back. I remember seeing a televised version of it, and then reading the book. It was one of the first books, to really get to me. She was pretty cool.

Wow - your reading list is cool. We'll have to talk more. :)

burnedouteyes said...


I just realized I was supposed to put this on my blog....

New to this meme thing!