15 things About Books: a meme
I was tagged for this by Cecil Castelluci about a week ago and only just now finished it!
It's just 15 things about BOOKS, and if any of you reading this want to, consider yourself tagged!
1) I love cookbooks. Cookbooks with pictures, especially. I like to read them and turn down their pages and spill food on them and plan menus. I just got The Gourmet Cookbook as a birthday present and made the most delicious soup from it. Soup from a book!
2) Old illustrated fairy tale books with tipped-in color plates: I have a small collection, many inherited from my mother. Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Kay Neilson – artists like these. I look at them relatively rarely, but I am glad they are there.
3) Books of literary theory that I never read in grad school – or that I read and painfully underlined and never want to read again. These were calling to me from my shelves and making me feel guilty about not reading them. So I put them in a box on the street and marked it "Free Literary Theory" and people took them home and I was glad to see them go. The bossy old creatures.
4) I love P.G. Wodehouse. The world is sunnier because of his writings. And that is no small thing.
5) MFK Fisher, the food writer. Reading her helped me learn to savor life in a different way.
6) Some books have opened my eyes, but these books are often painful to read. Backlash, by Susan Faludi, for example. Or books about animal rights.
7) I have wanted to write books since I was seven years old. It started with Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.
8) Tolkien. I do like some fantasy, but he has never caught my interest. My mother read me The Hobbit when I was only five and I was desperately bored but couldn't find the heart to tell her, because she was enjoying it so much, herself.
9) Iris Murdoch. The Good Apprentice. What a fantastic book.
10) I tried for several years to write a stage musical of the Betty and Veronica comics . Lost the rights, in the end. But I loved those comic books, and still do.
11) Picture books. I love them. Looking for holiday gifts for the small fry in your life? Something they don't already have? This was a fantastic year for picture books. I say run right out and buy Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems, Traction Man is Here! by Mini Gray, The Hello-Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Rashka. Wet Dog by Elise Broach and David Catrow, or the new dinosaur pop-up book by Robert Sabuda.
12) I have rather severe book storage problems.
13) An example of my random tastes: next to my desk there is a pile including Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, Worlds of Childhood : The Art and Craft of Writing for Children, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Great Expectations by Dickens, and A Girl Like I by Anita Loos.
14) I dog-ear the corners of books. I like them that way.
15) I even love books on audio. Am presently in the middle of L'Affaire, by Diane Johnson; and before that Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.