You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I had to Google “Fahrenheit 451” before I could even begin to answer this question. Depending on what the “correct” interpretation of this question is, I have two answers: If I am to be a book to be censored, I’d want to be Bakhtin’s “The Dialogic Imagination,” because I had to read that in college and derived zero enlightenment from it whatsoever. If I am a book to be saved and hidden away by The Book People, I’d like to be Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” because it beautifully illustrates the necessity of storytelling and our connection with the past.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
The Marquis de Sade. Just kidding. Wait, that’s not even a fictional character.
The last book you bought is:
“Thinking with Type," Ellen Lupton
The last book you read:
“Red Dragon” (again), Thomas Harris
What are you currently reading?
- “World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability,” Amy Chua
- “The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century,” Michael Mandelbaum
- “The Devil Wears Prada,” Lauren Weisberger
- “Beloved,” Toni Morrison (I love this book, hated the Oprah movie)
- “The 48 Laws of Power,” Robert Greene (Because well, the island may not be so deserted after all)
- “Paradise Lost,” John Milton (If the island really is deserted, I’ll finally be forced to finish this book)
- All of my Irvine Welsh books and all his novels I have yet to buy (I’ll have time to work on my faux-Scottish accent)
- My copy of the Riverside Shakespeare (If I get bored – which I will – I can stage plays with the indigenous peoples I encounter and befriend)
Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And why?