P.S. Sara Zarr just went public with her Twitter, too. So I am in good company.
Okay. I have succumbed. Possibly because I was turned into a zombie this morning.
I have come back as a zombie!
It has been a while since I've done a meme! (Okay. Not that long. but hey. I am procrastinating!)
1) What author do you own the most books by?
Charles Dickens. For my grad school orals, I read 9 Dickens novels in a single summer.
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I own several beautifully illustrated editions.
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No. But I noticed it.
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
I am NOT in love with Edward Cullen. I can tell you that. I have no interest in any guy who speeds on the freeway when another person asks him to slow down, or watches someone sleep when she tells him not to. That is seriously creepy. Also: my idea of a lover is not someone who is better looking than me, 100 years more experienced than me, better educated and with super powers. My idea of a lover is someone who is genuinely an equal.
5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Pride and Prejudice.
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I tried to organize a fifth grade production of Peter Pan, from Barrie's original script.
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I didn't finish it and I'm not going to slag it here.
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon.
9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
David Copperfield. It is freaking awesome and hilarious and emotional and outrageous. But I am not tagging anyone, specifically. And it is, like 800 pages.
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Can dead people win? Iris Murdoch.
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I would stand on line for The Alienist. The book is by Caleb Carr.
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I have many but most of them I no longer recall.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Well. I just checked out YUM-O by Rachel Ray from the library.
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
I have read Moby Dick. I have read most of Gravity's Rainbow. I have read The Waves.
16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Hm. I have seen a fair amount of Shakespeare but nothing particularly obscure, I don't think. I've seen multiple Tempests, multiple Midsummers, a few Macbeths, Hamlet, Merchant, Winter's Tale, -- oh, I know!
17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I cannot generalize. I like Rousseau. I don't much care for Stendahl.
18) Roth or Updike?
Men concerned with manly manly things.
19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen. But I like Eliot, too. I just, you know, SUFFERED through Adam Bede, so I am not sure I forgive her.
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I have a doctorate in English literature and have never read Ulysses.
23) What is your favorite novel?
I am most influenced by Dark Ride, by Len Jenkin.
Stuff by Ogden Nash.
"A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," by David Foster Wallace. But also see the Eggers/Sedaris answer, above.
27) Short Story?
"Uncle Fred Flits By" by PG Wodehouse is pretty awesome.
28) Work of nonfiction?
I was very influenced by The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf and I think anyone under the age of 40 should read it. But my favorite is An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks.
29) Who is your favorite writer?
30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Am I really going to get that snarky? I probably haven't read him.
31) What is your desert island book?
The Jeeves Omnibus, by P.G. Wodehouse.
32) And... what are you reading right now?
Population 485 by Michael Perry. Rumpole Rests His Case by John Mortimer. A couple back issues of Gourmet. The issue of Entertainment Weekly with Paul Rudd on the cover. Maryrose Wood's new book in manuscript. Dirty Sugar Cookies by Ayun Halliday. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Tiger Beat (the all YA author band) covers "I want Candy" during the Teen Author Festival. Libba Bray on vocals. David Levithan sneaking through as if we can't see him. Details of the band etc. in the link above.
Interesting article by Jennifer Weiner on the subject of weighty manly-type fiction versus "chick lit" or even serious literature about traditionally female issues. All apropos of the Tea Cozy discussion and the Morning News Tournament of Books judgement and commentary.
Oh, I love the Tea Cozy, and today Liz talks about and analyzes the whole Morning News Tournament of Books thingummy. YAY.
The First-Ever Teen Author Festival begins on Monday.