Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The title of this post is "Today's Blog Post"

Super Nova Scotian infected me with the book meme everyone has been passing around ... but first I have to go into a belated brag about my weekend. (Warning: dog agility talk follows. If you’re not keen on it, skip ahead a bit). I made a few "handler errors" at the agility trial Saturday that prevented us from qualifying in jumpers, gamblers and snooker, but to make up for all that Lucy and I had an absolutely spectacular standard course run. Not only did we finish in first place and qualify, but our time was ten seconds faster than the second-place finisher. I know we were significantly faster than the standard course time, but I don’t know how much because they didn’t bother posting it. Nor did they post the course yardage, so even if I were the type who calculated her dog’s yards-per-second speed, I couldn’t do that. Strange, because it was such a big deal official USDAA-sponsored trial and all, you’d think they would be dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s. Whatever ... I'm just happy that Lucy ran well and has had no problems with her leg sprain (or muscle-pull ... or whatever was wrong with her). Next trial: Memorial Day weekend in Chapel Hill.

OK, book meme time.

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

I’d love to pick a fun and entertaining book like Alice in Wonderland (because then I’d get to run around reciting “Jabberwocky” until it drove people nuts), but damn, they’re banning and burning books! As much as I love fun, I’d have to go with a book that I felt was politically important. So how about Fredrich Engels’ The Origin of The Family, Private Property and The State. (It’s actually much more fun to read than the title implies).

The last book you bought is?

Well, I check just about everything out from the library ... but whadd’ya know ... I did actually recently buy a book! The Papyrus Voice by Andrew Riddles! I've read half of it (and am enjoying it so far) before I decided I should hurry up and dig into my pile of library books because I have to give them back, and I shall finish it after I wrap up my current read ...

What are you currently reading?

Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity by Kembrew McLeod
. A must-read for everyone. Makes me want to go violate a Disney copyright or do something naughty with the Target logo.

Five books you would take to a deserted island

Um, how long will I be stuck on said deserted Island? 'Cuz if it’s indefinitely then I’d want to take some really fat books that will last me for a while. I’m assuming that the question is asking me to name some books that I’ve read and I love, but I’d rather use the time to read some new things. This one looks good: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz or maybe the new one by Ruth Reichl: Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (I heard an interview with her on NPR that made me want to read this one.) Or, being stuck on a deserted island would be a great time to delve into some things that require more time and attention than I have for them in normal life, like Issac Deutscher’s three-volume biography of Trotsky (The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879-1921, The Prophet Unarmed: Trotsky 1921-1929, The Prophet Outcast: Trotsky 1929-1940). (Or I could use the time to memorize my stuck-inside-of-Fahrenheit-451 book ...)

But if I must name five already-read books, then how about the five I mentioned last time I did a book meme? I know it’s a cop out, but they are very good books.

Who will you send this meme onto?

Whoever wants it ... several people I know have already done it but I can't remember exactly who has and who hasn't. So take it, anyone!


wordnerdy said...

i've read reichl's two previous books--she's a pretty entertaining writer.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for cursing you with the meme, but i wondered what you might be reading and what your fsvourite past books might be. Glad you're enjoying TPV - hope you like the rest. I'd really respect whatever you have to say about it when you're done. I think your choices are way more interesting than mine.


r4kk4 said...

i agree with word nerdy! the first two rechl books were quite entertaining! and i've heard the third is just as good!

oh! and congrats on the agility!!

Anonymous said...

I love that the Super Nova Scotian links to someone who is good friends with at least two people I had huge crushes on in the early 1990s. I bet one of us knows Kevin Bacon.
(MIke, seriously procrastinating work)