Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book meme

(via Steven & TSO)

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Not sure. I'll say Seamus Heaney's Field Work, since early '85.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
Currently reading the poems of García Lorca. Just finished rereading Kenneth Koch's Making Your Own Days, next to read hopefully Koch's collected poems.

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
I tend not to read books that everyone likes.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
Beowulf, maybe.

5. Which book are you saving for "retirement?"
I've been retired since my twenties.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Wait.

7. Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Interesting aside. I like the prosy appendages to big books.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Tom More in Love in the Ruins?

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Not really.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Has to be the seventeen books, including four by Mary Oliver, that I got from Mom's neighbor C.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Yes.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Either Dylan Thomas's Collected Poems or Marianne Moore's Complete Prose.

13. Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
Auden, maybe?

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
???

15. Used or brand new?
Oh, used when possible, but I hanker these days for a mammoth book of poetry that I may have to purchase new.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
Yes.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
This is an easy one. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I don't know -- The World According to Garp?

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
Dylan Thomas makes me hungry for sonic richness that is more delectable than any gastronomic delight.

20. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?
For a while, it was Marianne Moore.