The Stick

Passed from the divine Ms. Snyder.

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

James Thurber’s My Life and Hard Times.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Yes. Bridget Jones (with whom I share a birthday, oddly).

The last book you bought is:

Breyten Breytenbach’s All One Horse is on the way from Powell’s. (Breyten is best known, I believe, for his memoir The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist. All One Horse is an amazing book of both his short prose poems and his paintings.)

The last book you read:

A tie between Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Julia Slavin, The Woman Who Cut off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club and Other Stories.

What are you currently reading?

Steven Millhauser, The Knife-Thrower and Other Stories.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

Oh, you know. I’m like most folks, I guess; going on the assumption that this means one would be alone for a very, very long time, and that autodidacticism would still seem worthwhile, I’d basically want a pile of human civilization’s greatest hits, the super long stuff that everyone knows they ought to get to eventually when they’ve got the time. So I’d just ask the weird, omnipotent god who put me on this island in the first place, and comes up with these whimsical and arbitrary rules, to throw me together a canonical stir-fry of some combination of the Bible, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the poetic Edda, the Icelandic Sagas, the OED, the Encyclopedia Britannica, Homer, Dante, Emerson, Shakespeare, Proust, Joyce, Moby Dick, Don Quixote, The Journey to the West, etc., etc., whatever the hell else I’m forgetting.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Everyone I know in this tiny little world of writers who keep weblogs has already done this, so I’ll let this meme branch find a terminus here.