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11:32 am: The Book Meme
I was tagged by lady_mishegas, and I don't want the LJ police to come after me, so here are my responses...

1)Total number of books owned?
NASA's still working on that question. Seriously, I have no clue. I've got many bookshelves packed to the gills, some more piles of books on the floor, dozens on permaloan to other people, and a bunch more in bags & boxes in storage. I really would like to have a purge one day, but there are an embarrassing number of them that I've never finished reading...

2) The last book I bought?
I think it was Mental Hygene, a quasi-scholarly review of all those horrible classroom films that were produced between the 1950s and 1970s. I had gotten this same book for Kiteflier as a Christmas gift several years ago, and I saw it in a bargain bin sometime last winter and decided that I must own my own copy of it. I rarely buy new books anymore, though, having reformed my old habits that led to my answer to question #1.

3) The last book I read?
I've been reading magazines lately more than books. But if playscripts count as books, the last one was Chesapeake by Lee Blessing, for which I plan to audition later this month. If not, it was probably The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore, a story about zombies and Christmas, which was OK but mostly convinced me that people who make livings writing humor are no more witty than I am or several of my friends are, and in some cases less so. I started rereading Russell Banks's The Sweet Hereafter a while ago, and got about halfway through it oohing and aahing, because it really is a great book, but I got distracted by other things and haven't finished it.

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me?
Off the top of my head...
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women by Ricky Jay
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

5) Tag 5 people and have them fill this out on their ljs:

George W. Bush
Jay Leno
Lisa Loeb
John Updike
bellanotsoblu

Of course, if some of these people don't have LiveJournals, I hardly see how that's my problem.

Current Mood: creativeliterary
Current Music: The Who--"You Better You Bet"

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 12th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)

I'm George W. Bush, and I approved this comment

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1) Total number of books owned?
I don't know, but there's a big purty libary here at the White House.

2) The last book I bought?
Does the latest issue of Soldier of Fortune count?

3) The last book I read?
My Pet Goat (I didn't finish it though, something came up).

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me:
Politics for Dummies (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764508873/qid=1115916813/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-3624050-6579261)
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895260174/qid=1115916718/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-3624050-6579261)
George W. Bush on God and Country: The President Speaks Out About Faith, Principle, and Patriotism (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591609186/qid=1115916868/sr=2-4/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_4/002-3624050-6579261)
First Mom: The Wit and Wisdom of Barbara Bush (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1590710266/qid=1115916868/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-3624050-6579261?v=glance&s=books)
All The Best, George Bush: My Life and Other Writings (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/068483958X/qid=1115917042/sr=2-3/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_3/002-3624050-6579261)

5) Tag 5 people and have them fill this out:
Laura
Dick Cheney
Condi Rice
Osama bin Laden
Pope Benedict



From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 12th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm George W. Bush, and I approved this comment

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Damn. Apparently I can't do those hyperactive text linky things. I knew I should have asked somebody for help.

W.
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From:dampha
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm George W. Bush, and I approved this comment

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I've heard that you also read something called Bin Laden Determined to Attack within United States a few years ago. Would you recommend it?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm George W. Bush, and I approved this comment

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I have no recollection of any such document.

W.
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From:little_octagon
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From:dampha
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I stand corrected.
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From:little_octagon
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
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And by _lisaloeb, I mean mrdankelly.
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From:dampha
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
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No! Stop that! Next thing, you'll be telling me there's no Easter Bunny.

But seriously, who is mrdeathray and how is he different from mrdankelly?
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From:little_octagon
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Deathray differs from Dan Kelly in that Deathray is imaginary.

Hm. Guess that makes Death Ray an imaginary friend of Dan Kelly.
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From:dampha
Date:May 12th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
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And Lisa Loeb is real and an imaginary friend of Dan Kelly!

But see, I'm not all that sure that Dan Kelly is real, either. So you can understand my confusion...
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From:little_octagon
Date:May 13th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
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Perhaps my next post will clear things up a bit...
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From:dampha
Date:May 16th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if you had the same reaction to that book that many others (including me) have had. Did you identify with one of the four characters to an extent that spooked you just a little bit?
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From:dampha
Date:May 16th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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It's all coming back to me...

The interesting thing for me was that when you saw me reading it, I had not looked at it in several years, and I found that where I had previously identified with one major character (Franz), I now found him utterly pathetic and annoying and now identified with the character (Tomas) that I had previously found kinda repellent.

But I imagine that we discussed that, too...
From:kaerligreenfire
Date:May 14th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)

Reading

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...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
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From:dampha
Date:May 16th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Reading

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But...some of these books aren't even fiction!
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