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There's More To Life Than Books, You Know, But Not Much More (Part 734)

I've had a few book posts lately, so this meme from def_fr0g_42  seems timely.  I have to say one of my favorite memes to come around in awhile.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Dave Barry, most likely, due to his output.  I have read just about everything Kurt Vonnegut has written, but I don't actually own many of his books.  There a half dozen writers I have a lot of books of, but I think this meme will cover them before it's over.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
I own two copies of Norman Spinrad's "A World Betwen".  A lot of Spinrad is out of print, so I pick up anything with his name on it.  So, I have two of the same book by accident.  As my "haven't read" pile grows and I continue to buy books, I am bound to run into this again, but so far I think it is the one.

I own a couple of copies of Tropic of Cancer, because I later got a Henry Miller collection that also contained it.  The same way with some of Oscar Wilde's works weremade redundant by a "collection".

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
I don't know what you are talking about.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Love is not the word, but I (not so) secretly want to be The Count of Monte Cristo

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Easily, PJ O'Rourke's Bachelor Home Companion

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I read a lot of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (screw gender roles) when I was young.  Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man was the very first book that really grabbed me like no other.  Of course, once I was 14 or 15, I read (and was enthralled) with Slaughterhouse Five and the compellingly voyeueristic (but probably not true) Go Ask Alice.  There was no going back at that point.

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I read a not very good bio on Exile-era  Rolling Stones.  I was also hoping for more out of Lecarre's Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Discovering Christopher Moore has been the most exciting thing.  Practical Demonkeeping was my first taste.  "Discovering" Moore, David Sedaris, David Foster Wallace, and Carl Hiassen in recent years have all been wins.

9) If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?
I'm with defFrog, read whatever you want.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
I don't know how they figure that stuff out- it seems pretty stuffy- but if pressed to pick. there probably isn't anyone better with the English language alive (at least, for my money) than Martin Amis.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
As long as I can remember (ten years, anyway), they've been talking about making Confederacy of Dunces.  One of (if not) my favorite books.  I have a feeling that a movie wouldn't be able to capture the book, but who knows.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
See, I Told You So

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don't think I ever done any of these things, and if i did, I don't know if I would share it.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I am sure there is something, but not sure what.  I'm not above it.  This isn't what they're asking here, but I have read some L. Frank Baum in recent years, which is not something (in theory) designed for my age.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
I think Thomas Pynchon wins here.  I'm probably not coming back to him, but who knows.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
How many have I seen?  A high school production of Twelfth Night, I think.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I don't know that I have read enough of either to comment.

18) Roth or Updike?
I generally like Roth.  Never read Updike.  Don't really plan to.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Love Sedaris.  Don't really like Eggers.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
I find them all a bit difficult, but if forced to choose, I'm going with Chaucer.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Haven't read Austen to my knowledge. Liked Eliot.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
My reading is particularly male heavy.  Female writers from the last 50 years in particular are missing.

23) What is your favorite novel?
A Confederacy of Dunces gets the nod here.

24) Play?
Morrissey says he stole at least 50% of his lyrics from Shelagh Delaney, and it's true.  My other favorite playwrights are equally Moz- related: Joe Orton, Noel Coward, and Oscar Wilde.

25) Poem?
Off the top of my head, I will go with "This be the Verse" by Philip Larkin.

26) Essay?
Not sure here, although it is probably something by Bill Maher

27) Short story?
Not sure here either, but probably something by Vonnegut, Rod Serling, Philip K. Dick, or HP Lovecraft.  All are great.

28) Work of non-fiction?
Either something by Hunter S Thompson or the not-so non-fiction In Cold Blood

29) Graphic novel?
Without a doubt, Kyle Baker's Cowboy Wally Show with Baker's Why I Hate Saturn a close second.  V for Vendetta is up there, too.

30) Who is your favorite writer?
I've covered most of them here already.  Those I have missed mentioning so far, but are up on my list are Neil Gaiman, Stephen Hunter, Hubert Selby Jr, and Mark Leyner

31) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I couldn't say

32) What is your desert island book?
Wouldn't it be either the book I've read the most (#5) or my favorite novel (#23)? 

33) And ... what are you reading right now?
The Pillars of the Earth  by Ken Follett


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Twelfth Night

If Twelfth Night is obscure don't bother with Timon of Athens.

That was the point. I think I have only seen one Shakespeare work performed, and then by a bunch of 16 year olds.

Oh well..

I figured you would sink yr teeth into this one. Not too many surprises. I agree that Confederacy Of Dunces would be difficult to film. It's what goes on inside his head that makes that book work.

I'm still hoping to try some David Foster Wallace one of these days. Meanwhile, any Roth you care to recommend? I've never read him, but I think about it sometimes.

I haven't delved a lot into the great chauvinistic egotistical but well-respected writers of our time (Updike, Mailer, and Roth).

I can't claim to be an expert on Roth, but I have read two of his books and would recommend both.

The Plot Against America is an alt-histor, which is quite readable.

Portnoy's Complaint is worth a read. By now, you have probably read enough books like it, that it won't shock you nor move you too terribly, but it is funny and certainly is readable and has its moments.

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