The Old Hag (www.theoldhag.com) refused to pass this meme to me, on the grounds that I was too well-dressed. Unfair! So I’m taking it anyway.
You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?
So I have to memorize a book? Then it’s Lolita. But if I’m living in a book, I want it to be one of the later Oz books, probably Glinda of Oz, or an Edward Eager, either Half Magic or Seven Day Magic.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Joe Willard (Betsy-Tacy) and Jules of All-of-A-Kind Family
The last book you bought was…?
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The last book you read was…?
Last Call for Louis MacNeice by Ken Bruen
What are you currently reading?
Several, but Saturday by Ian McEwan seems to be pulling in front and will enjoy solo positon until I’m finished.
Five books you would take to a desert island…
The Collected Stories of John Cheever
Beany Has a Secret Life
Whatever important, long and so far unread volume is making me feel most guilty at the moment I pack, but not Proust because I took it Mexico for three months and still managed not to read it despite a short supply of books in English. On the plus side, I read Graham Greene’s The Lawless Roads and, in Spanish, The Valley of the Dolls, breaking down the various verb tenses/cases. (El Valle de Las Munecas. “La temperatura subio a 42 el dia de su llegada. Nueva York ardia como una bestia de hormigon sorprendida por una oleada de fuego.” Excuse the lack of proper accent marks.)
(I don’t have to take Lolita because I’ve memorized it, right?)
Okay, who’s next? You can do it here or take it to your own pad.