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Ministry of Propaganda - 10/Apr/2005: "Literary Meme"

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Literary Meme

Looks like there is no escaping from it, so I'll have to do it. The Pseudo Magazine just tagged me, reading it I remembered that Duncan kind of did the same a few weeks ago (without directly naming me). After I did the Music Meme a while ago I guess I'll do this one as well. Here we go:

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451; which book do you want to be?

Pfffff... Exhaling loudly. Fahrenheit 451, what was that all about? I very vaguely remember reading that at school. But why would I want to be a book? OK, looked it up as well. Aha, now I understand. So, which book then? "It was the day my grandmother exploded." Just for the opening sentence.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Probably. But I'm not telling who.

What are you currently reading?

Mainly newspapers and magazines. I'm a bit behind with my books. Last one I started and hope to finish soon is Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton, a fascinating book.

The last book you bought is:

Hm, not sure how to decide this, it was kind of a bulk order at Amazon with five books in it. Of them I've started reading Seven Tales of Sex and Death by Patricia Duncker, I reserve judgement until I've finished it.

The last book you read is:

Not entirely sure, because I often read several at the same time. I think Hoo-hahs and Passing Frenzies by Francis Wheen probably qualifies. A nice enough book, but some of the contents felt a bit old and dated, especially after reading his more recent book How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions.

Five books you would take to a desert island:

Some old favourites and a few I still have to read? Let's try these:

  1. The already mentioned The Crow Road by Iain Banks
  2. Not a desert island, but still an island: Peat, Smoke and Spirit: The Story of Islay and Its Whiskies by Andrew Jefford
  3. John Kay's The Truth About Markets: Their Genius, Their Limits, Their Follies. I started it, but haven't got round to finish it yet. And the first few pages looked promising.
  4. SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea. Hey, I'm going to be on a desert island after all! Could come in handy.
  5. Age of Extremes : The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991 by Eric Hobsbawm. 638 pages, that should keep me busy for a while...

Who are you going to pass this stick to, and why?

Let me think.

He's probably not going to join in, but then again it's worth a try. And he probably has a large enough library: Ralf The Cartoonist Zeigermann. Come on Ralf, surprise me and join in.

Horst at The Aardvark Speaks is an obvious choice. He will know his books and probably won't have to look up Fahrenheit 451 to understand what the question is about.

Which blog will he put it into, if he joins in? But what do beer drinking hillwalkers read?

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