My blogging buddy Lance Mannion, has challenged me yet again. I know he’s done it so that I must put links within my post. Lack of knowledge was my first excuse. But lack of technology is my latest. I have to install OS X on my Mac, which I know is expensive and hear is a pain. But, I’ll do it. I can’t stop progress.
Onto the challenge. Something called the Book Meme game. Here goes.
• You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be saved?
“Ex Libris” by Anne Fadiman
Because Anne Fadiman wrote of Virginia Woolf writing of, “....all those rooms, too humble to be called libraries, yet full of books, where the pursuit of reading is carried on by private people. The common reader, she said, “differs from the critic and the scholar. He is worse educated, and nature has not gifted him so generously. He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others. Above all, he is guided by an instinct to create for himself, out of whatever odds and ends he can come by, some kind of whole.”
If I could wear this gem of a book tucked inside a heart shaped locket on a chain around my neck, I would.
• Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
No, but I’ve had real crushes on real authors. Like Elie Wiesel.
• The last book you bought is?
“Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Couldn’t get passed page 5! Too many exclamation points for me!
Also bought “Vietnam” by Mary McCarthy at a garage sale. Written in 1967, here is an excerpt from the chapter, Solutions:
“Well, what would you do? Sooner or later, the critic of U.S. policy in Vietnam is faced with that question -- a real crusher. Up to that point, he may have been winning the argument. His opponent may have conceded that it was a mistake to send American troops here in the first place........that the war was horribly destructive.....-- in short, that everything that has been done up to the present instant has been wrong. But now resting comfortably on this mountain of errors, he looks down magnanimously on the critic and invites him to offer a solution. He is confident that the critic will be unable to come up with one. And in a sense he is right. If you say “Get Out” -- the only sane answer -- he pounces. “How?” And he sits back smiling. He has won. The tables are turned, and the critic is on the defensive.”
I heard Bill O’Reilly, somewhat have this exchange with the Pope, via satellite, on Bill Maher last Friday night.
Maher’s panel was good though. The last rant of “New Rules,” my favorite part of the show, was a wee bit raunchy however! But, still accurate.
• What are you currently reading?
“1968” by Mark Kurlansky
Everything I should have learned in school, had I been paying attention.
Here’s a nugget: A 1967 bestseller in France by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, the publisher of the slightly left-of-center weekly news-magazine “L’Express,” was translated into English and in 1968 became an American bestseller known as “The American Challenge.” Servan-Schreiber’s thesis was that in the next thirty years the United States would become so dominant that Europe would be little more than a colony. ..... Europe would have to become like America or be eaten up by it. Among other predictions: “Time and space will no longer be a problem in communications” and “The gap between high and low salaries in the post-industrial society will be considerably stronger than today. The book was a warning: “If Europe, like the Soviet Union, is forced out of the running, the United States will stand alone in its futuristic world. This would be unacceptable for Europe, dangerous for America and disastrous for the world....A nation holding a monopoly of power would look on imperialism as a kind of duty, and would take its own success as proof that the rest of the world should follow its example.”
Another fun fact: In 1968 ABC launched “The Mod Squad.” Here’s the copy for the spot ABC ran promoting the show:
“The police don’t understand the now generation -- and the now generation doesn’t dig the fuzz. The solution -- find some swinging young people who live the beat, get them to work for the cops.”
Talk about a revolution! Or a revelation of how much money could be made off these new hipster-swingsters!
• Five books you would take to a deserted island?
1) “Memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea” by Elie Wiesel (because I love him)
2) “And the Sea Is Never Full, 1969 - “ by Elie Wiesel (ditto)
3) “Rhetorical Criticism, Exploration & Practice” by Sonja K. Foss (so I can better understand my new friends in the bloggosphere)
4) “Ex Libris” by Anne Fadiman (because I love it)
5) “Our Crowd, The Great Jewish Families of New York” by Stephen Birmingham (so I can
finally finish it)
• Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Well, (and I will via email) -
1) My good friend who loves vampires (you know who you are!) because once she got into it, I think she’d like the exercise.
2) Oooh! Doc and Ducky would love to play. And I know they will.
3) Okal. He won’t do it. But, I’d love it if he did. I’d love to know the answers. I know Hitchens will be in there somewhere.