Mark Sarvas, the evil genius behind the litblog co-op passed us the black spot. Don’t worry folks, it’s not contagious. Sarvas, a nice guy with good manners and a lovely well-read mother, says he just wants to get to know us better.
So, here goes:
You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451 . Which book do you want to be?
My first thought was Fahrenheit 451, for that whole narrative within a narrative approach— so metafiction-y and postmodern. And then I actually remembered F451 from 10th grade, and it all came back: characters were introduced by the name of the book they had actually memorized . Hmm…Okay then, "Hello my name is, Goodnight Moon."
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
I have seen other ladies who blog answer this safely: Darcy or Laurie (ugh! The ultimate wimp who chose Amy, that pale imitation, over Jo? No way!). The Happy Booker likes a little danger and excitement, served up with a side of bad boy: Heathcliff, it is. Guilt, obsession, eroticism, love, loss, desire, it’s all there. Heathcliff is one complicated piece of work, just the way THB likes ‘em— should we mention that Bronte was only 28 when she wrote this, and had barely ventured beyond her own village? No, probably not.
The last book you bought was...?
Herzog, by Saul Bellow
The last book you read was...?
let’s do, stories by Rebecca Meacham
What are you currently reading?
Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me, by Craig Seligman
The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, for a class I am teaching.
Mother of Sorrows, by Richard McCann (I am reading slowly, I don’t want it to end!)
Phantom Tollbooth, by Norman Juster (reading it out loud to my sons—Milo and Tock have just arrived in Dictionopolis.)
Five books you would take to a desert island...
The Odyssey, Fagles translation (sorry, Lattimore);
The interpretation of Dreams, because I want to understand what I am missing;
The Collected Stories, by Grace Paley, because I wouldn’t leave home without it;
To the Lighthouse, because I can never decide: Mrs. Ramsey or Lily Briscoe?
The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, because as many times as I have picked this up, I have barely made a dent in it.
Who are you passing this stick on to and why?
Ms. Book Square, because she’s an international woman of mystery.
Ms. BookLust, because I am hoping she’ll illustrate the answers.
Mr.Golden Rule Jones, because I need an ice-breaker Friday night (intrigued? stay tuned! )