Thursday, October 11, 2007

All about Books

Lisa tagged me in a meme. Normally I don't play meme but she's right; I liked this one a lot.

I'm not tagging anyone specifically but I think everyone should do it. Don't make me name names.


1. Hardcover or paperback, and why?

Paperback, because they're lighter in your bag, easier to fit in your purse, and less likely to cause you carpal tunnel if you try to hold them open with one hand on the train (since your other hand is busy clinging to the balance rail).

2. If I were to own a book shop I would call it...
Happy Endings. Wait, that's what I'm calling my massage parlor. Sorry, sorry, just kidding. I don't know. I'll have to think about this. Probably some insufferable Shakespeare reference that may or may not make sense. Like These Fatal Loins. I like that, although it seems a little irrelevant. Oo, or The Abortive Rooting Hog. Again, a little irrelevant. Perhaps The Tale Told by the Idiot. Or The Ethiop's Ear. I think I've been cooped up too long at my desk.


3. My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is...

There are many close seconds, including:

"Lord, grant me chastity and continence, but not yet."
--CONFESSIONS, St. Augustine


I might come back later and fill in other second favorites, but I need the help of my notebooks at home.

But my very very favorite...If anyone has ever scrolled down to the absolute bottom of my blog, it's there.

"Einmal ist keinmal, says Tomas to himself. What happens but once, says the German addage, might as well not have happened at all."
--THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, Milan Kundera



4. The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be...

Umm. I was trying to come up with something creative, but alas I think the answer is still Shakespeare.


5. If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be…

This version of the Tale of Genji that you can get at Kinokuniya. It has the modern Japanese on one side of the page and the classical Japanese on the other. The neat this is sometimes the modern Japanese helps you distill the classical Japanese grammar, which is really tricky; on the other hand, sometimes the classical Japanese is much closer to the way we would say the phrase in English, and it helps you learn more about modern Japanese. It would be best suited for the desert island scenario because it would keep me busy for years. Any other book you could just read. Which would eventually get boring. This book would make me cry (albeit with frustration) no matter how many times I read (or tried to read) it.


6. I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…

Holds your book open (and turns the pages for you) when you're on the subway and only have one hand because you're desperately clinging to a rail with the other hand. Cf above.

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of…
An old book. Mmmmm.

8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be...
Shana in THE ELVENBANE, or Nynaeve in THE WHEEL OF TIME, or any other magical power-wielding dragon-consorting wild-haired fiery-tempered hourglass-shaped chanteuse from a fantasy saga. Not not including Hermione Granger. Why would anyone pick anything BUT a fantasy novel here?!


9. The most overestimated book of all time is…

ULYSSES. Or anything else by the insufferable Mr. Joyce. Cf side column. Any author who TELLS his audience they are too stupid to understand him doesn't deserve to be published. He should have just kept a diary instead. Then his audience would have been elite enough for him.


10. I hate it when a book...

turns out to have been a total waste of time. I HATE it.

6 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

ROFL! #9!! Hahaha!

Except for the torturing of oneself with Japanese syntax, I pretty much agree with you on these.

Lisa said...

These are great! Do you really read Japanese? Seriously?

Church Lady said...

Hello!
Number two. Ahem. Book Ass?

And the Japanese book only if there are classical and modern pornographic pictures.

Old book smell. HELLO! Book butt.

What else...
number 9. I can't make it through Clockwork Orange. I'm really trying! (Okay, I tried for 10 minutes then went on to something else).

Fun post!

But don't ever meme me.
:-)

Ello said...

Church lady has made me wet my pants. Good thing my couch is leather so it won't stain...

Oh please don't meme me, but I would call my bookstore READ A FUCKING BOOK!!!!!

And hey that holds your book open and turns the pages for you is good not just in the subway but when you are lying in bed, taking a bath, cooking, driving - no scratch the driving thing. But great idea - who do we have to talk too!!!

Bernita said...

U#$#@lysses...YES!

The Trouble With Roy said...

I'm not sure which book I'd pick to star in, but I'm not sure I'd pick a fantasy book. My favorite fantasy books were the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but Frodo spent most of that time being uncomfortable and in danger...

I might want to be Richard/Colin in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. Or maybe just go for the gusto and be Lazarus Long. Another good one would be Ford Prefect. Who wouldn't want to drink a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?