Book Meme

Well I love to read and the foundation of my house is sagging under the oppressive weight of all the literature.  So this meme which I saw on Butch Girl Cat & Freedomgirl’s blog is an ideal one for me to respond to.  If you’d like to play, take it and run…I don’t tag.  Please leave a link here in the comments so others can learn about what you are reading, or have read.

1) What author do you own the most books by?   Well I have everything by Mary Oliver, Pam Houston, Dorothy Allison, David Sedaris, Terry Tempest Williams, Galway Kinnell – I am not sure amongst them who is the most prolific.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?  I have purchased the most copies of Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body” – every woman (hell everyone ) should read it.  I have also purchased many copies of Terry Tempest Williams “An Unspoken Hunger”. (I try very hard to seduce women with books and especially with this author).

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?  But I’m not sure I know what you speak of.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Not sure.  Although I am in love with many fantasy women – none of them were inspired by a book.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?  “When I Was Five I Killed Myself” Howard Buten.  Books of poetry especially Oliver or Kinnell.  Terry Tempest Williams “An Unspoken Hunger” – a little collection of creative non-fiction essays and a great introduction to her work.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? I read field manuals.  YES I was that child.  I could identify and draw every fresh water fish in Michigan.  Knew the names of every snake, frog or salamander.  I enjoyed frogs, snails and puppy dog tails.  Although my real passion was reptiles and amphibians.  I had little time or use for bunny rabbits.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? The Poisonwood Bible – the woman who loaned it to me is so beautiful though and I have had such a crush on her *forever* I read it.  Why haven’t I done anything about this crush? (well she is probably 25 years old).

8 ) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? David Sedaris “Engulfed In Flames”.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?  “An Unspoken Hunger” Terry Tempest Williams.  Anything by Mary Oliver.  Pam Houston.  Dorothy Allison “Bastard Out Of Carolina”.  And if you want to go hardcore Allison read her poetry or her essays on sexuality.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature? Toni Morrison

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? Wally Lamb “She’s Come Undone”

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? “The Poisonwood Bible”

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. I don’t have dreams – really, very seldom and certainly not in the sense of characters, plot etc.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult? “Curious Wine” don’t make me read lesbian fiction again – bleech.  Crap.  It’s the only thing worse then most (I did not say all) lesbian films.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Anything by James Joyce.  I read Joyce and I think “this is so beautifully written” and then I finish the story and think “what in the hell was that about”?!  But it was beautifully written.  I understand when he wrote Ulysses he intentionally made many sections indecipherable as he wanted to keep the literary critics busy analyzing the work for years.  I think he succeeded.

I also had an english course – I enrolled in “Women In Literature” the sadist professor had us read everything by Virginia Wolfe in one term.  We faired better then his graduate students who had to read Joyce.  Her book “The Waves” – well let’s say it was a long semester.  I got a 4.0 in the class and I have no idea what any of her books were really about.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?  None.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? Not sure, probably French.

18) Roth or Updike?I have read Roth, not Updike.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Please David Sedaris — I could not make it through Eggers book although at times I enjoyed it.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Cod Liver Oil?  A mushroom and tofu shake? – I would read Shakespeare if I had to.

21) Austen or Eliot?Embarrassed to say that I have not read either.  Bad Janet Bad!

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?Have not read Austen or Eliot.

23) What is your favorite novel? Oh so difficult.  I love Willa Cather, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates,Toni Morrison,  Wally Lamb – you cannot make me choose.

24) Play? Hmmm “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”

25) Poem? “gladly i have never travelled beyond” e.e. cummings.

26) Essay? “The Open Space of Democracy” Terry Tempest Williams, anything by Eve Ensler especially her book “Insecure At Last”.

27) Short story? Not sure.  I really like short fiction.  Pam Houston, Amy Hempel – suddenly drawing a blank.

28) Work of nonfiction?”Leap” by Terry Tempest Williams

29) Who is your favorite writer? Too hard.  Dorothy Allison, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? No idea because I have probably not read him or her.

31) What is your desert island book? Mary Oliver Selected Poems.

32) And… what are you reading right now? The Gravediggers Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates


3 Responses to “Book Meme”

  1. hey, read some austen! given the other books you have listed here, i bet you’d really like her. start with pride and prejudice, it’s smart and funny…

    thanks for stealing this meme!

  2. I am not a reader. Wish I was, but I find the only time I read is right before bed and then I just fall right to sleep. Very impressive list of answers!

  3. I’m not the reader I used to be…but i’ll do my best to answer the meme as it will make me think…and get up and look at the shelves and then wish I’d kept up better with reading. I’ll say I used to be a high school English teacher and then you’ll be surprised anyway. Or maybe not.

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