Sam at Golden Rule Jones passed me the hat, so here are my answers:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be saved?
The Iliad. No doubt about it. One of my all time favorites—this epic contains too much about what it is to be human to allow it to burn.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
I had a huge crush on Johnny Tremain in elementary school. He seems hot when you’re 9.

The last book you bought was…?
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

The last book you read was…?
Bulletproof Girl by Quinn Dalton

What are you currently reading?
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville, The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets by Michael Schmidt, and Snow Flower & the Secret Fan by Lisa See. My TBR list is huge. Next up I have some Harry Matthews, an Alexander Hamilton biography, and who knows what else.

Five books you would take to a desert island…
Only 5? Damn, that’s scary. Can a series count as one? Then I would take the Dorothy Dunnett series ‘The Lymond Chronicles’. And Samuel Pepys’ diaries. Those would last a while. And then Moby Dick, War and Peace, and Infinite Jest (because I would have all the time in the world to finally read the whole thing).

Who are you passing this stick on to and why?
I want to see the Rake and Carrie’s answers, so if they’re reading, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet. Actually, I am politely asking.

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  1. robin d. gill

    Don’t know about the desert island but a japanese literary blogger told me that if he were sent to prison he would bring a telephone directory and “rise, ye sea slugs!”

    I mention it because nonfiction (even if it is every bit as creative as the off-chapters of moby dick) is not included in the Read This! campaign, which was cut out of the paper by my mom and came to my attention. And even if it were, I am, God-forgive! self-published. As an author-publisher I can mix Japanese type into my books, devise clusters of multiple translation and do other things the majors couldn’t do even if they had asian-language-pack enabled software. I can do this as a poor man who cannot wait years to meet the right agent+publisher AND can keep the prices far lower than other small presses can. If only word of good books can get out, many of the best authors will soon be self-published as musicians are already largely self-produced. rdg


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