Monday, October 09, 2006
Nine uses for nine dead cats
Recently, by way of e.a. monroe (by way of Miss Write, Jay Wells, a grudging Bernita et al) I was tagged to:
a) List one book that changed my life;
b) One book that I'd read more than once;
c) One book I'd want on a desert island
d) One book that made me laugh;
e) One book "that made you cry";
f) One book that you wish you had written;
g) One book that you wish had never been written;
h) One book you're currently reading
i) One book you'd been meaning to read
j) Tag five people!......Ah well, a whole bunch of us have been tagged already in four or five blogs, so I'll let you off he hook. Thank God for small mercies?
Let's see now.
One book that changed my life: The Story of Philosophy, by Will Durant. The reading of this book seems to give you a BA before even starting undergraduate work...That's if you were to enter college in l925.....but that's when the major scientific advances came in, so you'd still be in the running. Will Durant is the one person who made me understand the obscure Kant (I mentioned this to Betty Conners on the set of There's a Girl in My Soup, the play, and she said, "Don't swear, Ivan."
One book that you'd read more than once: Generation of Vipers, a scathing condemnation of American society (by an American) written, unfortunately, right at the time of Pearl Harbour, so Mr. Wylie sold only 4,000 copies--but it was enough.
Sixty-five years later, we do begin to see the same warts. Including a Pearl Harbour.
One book I'd want on a desert island: That self-same Story of Philosophy, by Will Durant (And BTW, lots of editorial help from his wife, Ariel Durant.--Maybe that's why it was so good!).
One book that made me laugh: White Trash Etiquette, by Dr. Vernon Edstom, esq.
This had me pissing my eyes out with laughter. There's a line in there, I think, that goes: "You know you're white trash when your wife puts her toes through the knee end of her pantyhose."
One book that made my cry: The Gulag Archipelago, by Alexander Solzhenitzin. (Even though I live in York Region, Canada, which is pretty well all subdivivion gulag; 'Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.").
One book that I wish I had written: Actually two: Barney's Version, by Mordecai Richler (Canadian) and Roger;s Version, by John Updike. Roger's version is about a computer geek who tries to find God through a massive search engine. The subplot has a White Trash girl in it as well, with whom a slightly evil professor has an incestuous relationship.....Egad!--Me and some of my former students? At least I waited till they graduated--I ain't no white trash!
One book I wish had never been written: Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood.
One book I'm currently reading: My own dystopia, The Hat People, which, I admit has even less imagination than Oryx and Crake.....I am probably just jealous.
One book that I'd been meaning to read: The Life of Pi....But I hear the author of the original book (Weiss?) says he doesn't mind anybody ripping off his material as long as readers are privy to the ideas.
Tagging five people? I think just about everybody in genre blogland has been tagged with this turkey.
I say turkey because this is Canadian Thanksgiving day and my turkey seems to have enough preservatives in it to make a brew for Macbeth's witches.
But the gravy, which was made separate, makes for one hell of a good dip.
And the rye whiskey is even better.
Canadian Club, I say.
Here's to ya.