Lorette has tagged me for the current book meme.
Q: You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I would like to be Fahrenheit 451. In classic science fiction paradox, that means if the book is burned, then the story doesn’t exist, and the book isn’t burned. So I suspect that rather than choose between death by pyre or an insignificant existence, I choose brain-twisting survival.
Q: Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
When I was in high school reading Lord of the Rings, I was in love with Aragorn, son of Arathorn. I still have the visceral memories of what that felt like. Watching Viggo Mortenson play the part was disappointing. The face and figure put to your fantasy is never as good as the amorphous gorgeousness in your mind. He wasn’t played quite as assured and confident as the Aragorn in the book. And who the hell was that Elf princess who was getting in the way? Liv Tyler? Puleeeeze.
Q: The last book you bought is:
Oh dear. I’m outed. More retail therapy. But to be fair, I’ve stored up this book purchase since December. Amazon delivered these goodies about two weeks ago:
Meditations from the
Mat Rolf Gates
At Knit’s End Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
French Women Don’t Get Fat Mireille Guiliano
Knitting for Anarchists Anna Zilboorg
The Snow Fox Susan Schaeffer
The Knitter’s Handbook Montse Stanley
Two Sweaters for My Father Perri Klass
Blink Malcolm Gladwell
Harvard Yard William Martin
Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel Patrick Smith
Q: The last book you read: I finished two on the same day: Harvard Yard , and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. The New York Times Book Review roasted Maguire by calling him "a literary recycler" who showed "little respect" for "one of America's most beloved classics of children's literature". Get a life. The book has sold over 1 million copies, and is a Tony Award winning musical (nominated for 10, won 3).
Q: What are you currently reading? I’m a dreadful dilettante. Knitting for Anarchists (Anna Zilboorg), French Women Don’t Get Fat (Mireille Giuliano), At Knit’s End (Steph), The Italian Renaissance (J. Plumb).
Q: Five books you would take to a desert island.
Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien – This is a timeless epic. I reread it before the first movie came out.. It has not aged a day.
Sarantine Mosaic series Guy Gavriel Kay – This is the author selected by the Tolkien heirs to finish The Silmarillion. He has a gift for storytelling, character drawing, and prose. I’ve since read everything he has written post Tolkien. He creates settings in nontechnologic fantasy worlds, parallel to ancient settings in Spain, and the Middle East.
War and Peace – I have a copy. I bought it for $4. The road to hell is paved with intentions such as these. I’m sure reading this would be good for me. If it is the literary equivalent of Rachmaninoff, it will be beautiful, and unrestful.
The Knitter’s Handbook (Montse Stanley) – Of COURSE I’ve been shipwrecked with several of my WIPs. And of COURSE I’ve run into technical problems with them. So here is the source of all wisdom, between two covers, since I have to choose carefully here. It was hard to choose between this one and Buss’ Big Book of Knitting.
A complete Yoga
text, illustrating poses, discussing mind-body yogic philosophy – Haven’t yet
found this book, but I’m sure it exists. The desert island will be a difficult environment. I think this is a path to health, better
function, and peace.
Q. Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Purlsb4Swine because I enjoy her writing, and wonder what she would say.
Sparkomatic because she is also a librarian and would have a different take on this.
SaltwaterPurls because she has a querying mind, and might even enjoy this meme.