• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.
1. Yup, you guessed it: desert island, five books. Go. No. You had to ask that question. Argh! Ok, Hrmmm...
Life after God, by Douglas Coupland. Because we've all got a finger on the trigger. It's all about where you point the thing.
Monster Island, by David Wellington. Because you know what's worse than you on that island? You and zombies on that island.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The hallucinations of a man lost in the desert can't be bad company for someone stranded
on an island, right?
The Children's Hospital, by Chris Adrian. Because it's about isolation and tragedy and despair and what we do to cope. It's so blisteringly
human but clinically detached it's like watching gritty black and white footage of atrocities.
And I'm going to be profligate with my choices here-- forget the survival manual. The Gormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn Peake. Epic and
weighty enough to take up a fraction of the screaming quiet.
2. What do you want to be when you grow up? A beautiful disaster. But I guess I could settle for a used bookstore owner/beekeeper... or a
research librarian... or a hermit because the number of stupid people is starting to scare me.
3. Are you brave enough to say the m-word to the Librarian and then run? What if you really really needed to get at one of the books in the Unseen University library? Nope, I'm klutz enough that I'd fall before I reached the door. Instead, I'd bribe the Librarian with bananas and
encourage him to take early retirement while I gloat over my new job.
4. Favorite snack/beverage to read with? Do you have certain snacks/beverages for certain types of books? (Yes, that's two. I'm terrible at following rules.) Cheezits are good with just about any book, as is Oreos and milk. I have also been known to polish off a pound of
strawberries at a time while reading. If we want to talk genres/types, I tend to crave crusty, thick slices of French bread and extra sharp
cheddar with grapes on the side when reading fantasy or 19th century parlor dramas. If I'm reading something like the stark and
beautiful like William Gibson's Pattern Recognition or the 'roid and adrenaline-laced Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, I will most likely
want vegetarian sushi, with the freshest, crispest vegetables imaginable and an eye-watering dollop of wasabi. Ye gods, I'm verging on
food porn here.
5. Are you a big tv fan? If so, which shows? I'm not a big tv fan, per se, but there are certain shows that wring a reluctant devotion out of me.
Top of the list:
Battlestar Galactica. Yes, this is like waving a flag in front of a bull when I mention this, but this is truly the best show I have ever seen.
Ridiculously good character development-- no villains and heroes here. Just people and robopeople and space battles. W00t.
Pushing Daisies. Like a serialized Wes Anderson film, this show is astoundingly gorgeous and witty. The actors and actresses have
perfect delivery while spitting out achingly long paragraphs and the plot continued to be sometimes fiendishly clever and always
Hustle. British television show about a group of con artists who target the rich and greedy and just plain bad people. Robin Hood meets
street, yo. Don't watch any season beyond the first, though-- sickeningly disappointing.