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20 Questions: Volume 1

You ever had an idea that sounded good in your head, and as soon as you put it out there in the public—maybe to just a friend or your spouse—you suddenly realize, Wow. That is just a terrible, awful, horrendous idea.

Ever had that happen?

Well, I’m hoping today isn’t one of those ideas for me. But I’m all in!

So here’s the deal, a few weeks ago, I published a post that was basically a bunch of my random thoughts from different things related to the first 40ish books I’ve read from the Time list. If you read the post, you know it was just a bunch of quick hit, short and sweet statements.

But I also included a bunch of questions in there—which eventually inspired what I’m doing today—simply asking a bunch of questions of which I don’t know the answer or am interested in your thoughts. Humor me.

Some of these questions are rhetorical. Some are direct.

If successful enough, I think I’ll turn it into a series like Your Search Questions Answered. And the cool thing about just making a post with a bunch of questions is that I can “field test” future content for the blog. The questions, and the quality and quantity of your answers, will help me find good topics to explore further.

So that’s today—the first edition/volume/part/installment of Twenty Questions here at 101 Books.

  1. Who’s whinier: Holden Caulifield or Scarlett O Hara?
  2. Do you think it will ever be possible to make digital books emit a book fragrance—kind of like traditional paper?
  3. If you could have a beer, or a glass of wine, or an orange juice, with one author, whom would it be?
  4. Does anyone write in cursive anymore? Do they even teach that in schools?
  5. Why are so many of these novels depressing? By “so many,” I mean 99% of them.
  6. You can read one style of writing the rest of your life…either Woolf or Hemingway. Which one do you choose?
  7. If you could punch one literary character, who would it be?
  8. The worst ever movie adaptation of a successful novel?
  9. If The Judge from Blood Meridian approached me on a street, how long before I pee my pants?
  10. Napoleon from Animal Farm—tastier as bacon, ham, or maybe a barbecue sandwich?
  11. If the moon was made of spare ribs, would you eat it?
  12. What is the fascination with Ayn Rand? Someone? Anyone?
  13. Beer pong: Who you got: Hemingway or Malcolm Lowry?
  14. How bad would it suck to be David Foster Wallace’s editor?
  15. On a related note, how cool would it be to be David Foster Wallace’s editor?
  16. You can only speak one word, one time, the rest of your life…what would it be?
  17. Stupider protagonist: Bigger Thomas (Native Son) or Clyde Griffiths (An American Tragedy)?
  18. What’s the most frequently spilled liquid on your books?
  19. Who do you think is the most overrated author (now or in the past)?
  20. What are you currently reading?

Now, this only works if you chime in with your thoughts. Otherwise, it’s just me asking questions to me with a bunch of people looking on—and that just gets confusing and embarrassing.

So pick a question, any question, or pick multiple questions. And let’s talk books!

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  1. 16. Seriously?
    20. Fevre Dream – George R. R. Martin

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    August 24, 2012
    • Matt #

      7. Holden Caulifield
      9. 30 seconds
      13. Lowry, hands down
      20. 11/22/63

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      August 24, 2012
      • You might be giving me too much credit on #9.

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        August 24, 2012
  2. OMG…how to start answering….shall I do a post on it and link to yours? Let’s have a meme. LOL

    Love the idea though of a question post like this though.

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    August 24, 2012
    • Maybe it’s too many questions? Just pick a couple!

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      August 24, 2012
  3. Mandy Berman #

    7. Tom Buchanan
    18. Coffee
    20. Canada

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    August 24, 2012
  4. Ok I’ll choose the last 3 (the easiest)
    18= water
    19= overrated author= Martin Amis
    20= Below Zero C.J.Box (Giving myself a break after Lermontov ‘Hero of Our Time’)

    Good project if I think I understand it but def. willing to follow along. Always good to try something new, not to mention -what will u do when all 101 are read?

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    August 24, 2012
    • On 19, uh oh. I still have to read Money.

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  5. 4. Where I’m from, yes they do. We’re not deemed able to write until we can do so in cursive.
    5. It’s the kind of stuff awards are made of? Write something depressing and it’s bound to win something.
    12. Her strange philosophy and how much fun it is to grind one’s teeth at it!
    20. Rebecca

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    August 24, 2012
  6. bba #

    7. Any character from a Nicholas Sparks novel, your choice.
    8. Owen Meany/Simon Birch
    9. Trick question: First emittent wouldn’t be pee.
    12. I didn’t know you hated America.
    20. Best of Smart Football by Chris Brown. ‘Tis the season. Highly recommended.

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    August 24, 2012
  7. Jessica #

    4. no and yes
    8. How about best movie adaptation of a bad novel? Forrest Gump hands down.
    20. 4 new books from the library yesterday including The Grapes of Wrath. You inspired me to pick up one that I somehow was never forced to read. -Maybe because it was just so creepy!

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    • Jessica #

      8. maybe not novel- but book I guess.

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      August 24, 2012
    • I honestly didn’t realize Forrest Gump was ever a novel. Should’ve known.

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  8. Nel #

    #1: I just imagined the two of them having a conversation. My head now hurts.
    #4: I write in cursive; it’s elegant and, well, I’m stubborn. My boyfriend and I have had many discussions about this topic, as he thinks that cursive is defunct.
    #6: Hemmingway
    #8: Either The Voyage of the Dawn Treader or Prince Caspian
    #10: Bacon. Totally bacon
    #11: Duh!
    #18: Coffee! 😀 😀
    #20: I, Claudius

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    August 24, 2012
    • I, Claudius! Awesome. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Love that novel.

      On #1, can you imagine that conversation. Good Lord. Makes my head hurt too.

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      • Nel #

        I just finished I, Claudius and I loved it. I felt slightly odd saying I loved something that involved so many horrible deaths (let’s ignore the fact that I liked Hunger Games too) until yesterday when I started reading a book set during the time of King Alfred the Great. Now I miss the Romans: the Romans were just as brutal killers but at least they bathed.

        On #1, I think that conversation would be too profane to imagine. o_0

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  9. Maria #

    1. Holden Caulifield. But I still like him more than Scarlett O’Hara 🙂
    2. http://smellofbooks.com/aromas/new-book-smell/ 😉
    4. I do. Ooops. Not in english.
    5. Writing funny novel that is not only funny but makes reader think requires huge talent.
    18. Water.

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    August 24, 2012
    • On 2, well there you go. Someone beat me to it.

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      August 24, 2012
  10. 1. Scarlett O’Hara
    3. Joyce Carol Oates and it would be orange juice-I don’t drink
    12. Ayn Rand… Barf
    19. William Faulkner, or maybe I am just not smart enough
    20. An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells (1870-1920)

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    August 24, 2012
    • I might be with you on Faulkner. And that’s probably heresy for a southern boy to admit that.

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  11. Interesting bunch of questions. You can use these as a multiple choice test some day. I’ll take the bait on a few of these. (Who doesn’t like to express their own opinion?)

    #5, why are so many depressing? Well, you’ve selected novels from the 20th century, which has had plenty of depressing things in it. But apart from that, I think the 20th century held out a lot of promise at its beginning. Technology was advancing at a rapid rate, providing security and even affluence (relatively speaking) for so many for whom it would have been out of reach only a few decades before. But despite this increasing wealth, there were a few perceptive people who realized that all was not well. As artists tend, in general, to be more pereceptive than the rest of us, they tried to warn us of the inconsistencies and dangers lurking not to far under the surface of life. With the advent of sociology and psychology, we had the tools to look into a psyche that was not necessarily as pleasant as we’d like to believe.

    #12 Fascination with Ayn Rand? She represents a refusal to cower before the social pressures that so many of us are unable to avoid. She represents strength, of character as well as of our physical natures. She represents invulnerability and certainty in the face of life’s uncertainties. What few people realize is that by indulging in these certainties and strength, we only perpetuate the same problems. With Rand, it’s the old story of might makes right. Besides that, though, she’s a good writer, clear style, fascinating stories and characters.

    #1 Who’s whinier? Perhaps Scarlett at the beginning of the novel, but she was forced to shrug it off and do what she had to do to survive. Holden never got over his inability to deal with the diffuculties and paradoxes life threw at him. So my vote would have to go to Holden Caufield. When faced with a difficult situation, Holden just whined about it. Scarlett got down to brass tacks and worked.

    #3 A drink with an author? For me it would be China Miéville. He’s a sci-fi/fantasy writer. I’ve never read anyone with quite the same imagination as he has. He packs more interesting ideas into his books than anyone else I’ve read.

    #17 Stupider, Bigger or Clyde? I’d have to vote for Bigger. He may have been able to win some sympathy, but he was one of the most dim-witted characters I’ve ever run across. He didn’t think. Clyde thought. Or perhaps plotted would be a better word. His thoughts were too self-serving, as they are for many of us. He was just too dazzled by the wealth he found around him, and was seduced too easily into looking for an easy way out. Bigger didn’t look for an easy way out of anything. His life was pretty much a pattern of reacting unthinkingly to situations.

    #20, I’m in the middle of three books at the moment. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, The Austrian Mind: An Intellectual and Social History by William Johnston, and A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman.

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    • Agree about Scarlett. She gets crap done, but she always seemed whiny while doing it.

      Quite an impressive list of reads as well.

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      August 24, 2012
  12. 4. No they don’t teach it in schools anymore because I have heard teachers both in IL and NC complain about it. So maybe I should say NC and IL don’t teach it.

    5. Depressing is easier to write because making characters happy is boring. (Not that I would mind something that makes a character happy, but I think it is hard to write happy.)

    6. Hemmingway

    18. Water

    19. Melville – Way overrated.

    20. Close to finishing My Amish Roots by Shawn Smucker.

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    August 24, 2012
    • Your reply to #4 reminds me a bit of something the pianist Arthur Schnabel once told his pupils. He said it’s relatively easy to play something depressing, but it’s much more difficult to play something joyful and make it meaningful.

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  13. JrKois #

    1. Scarlett.
    2. It will happen when they bring back wax cylinders for the audio editions.
    3. Sam Beckett
    5. It’s alright ma, it’s life and life only.
    6. If those are the options I’ll roll my own, thank you.
    12. She has always been big on campus. Some people just never grow up.
    16. Snow.
    20. Urn Burial, Sir Thomas Browne.

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  14. 4. Yes. I write in cursive most of the time. You can’t read it most of the time but I know what I wrote. I heard they’re thinking of no longer teaching it because… (I don’t know why–they probably think it’s hard and a majority of people type).

    12. I don’t know. I think people like dropping her name because it makes them look intellectual. When they tell me they read her, I just smile.

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  15. 2. They might try, but it will never be good enough.
    4. Yes, some people still use cursive, but I think some schools don’t teach it anymore. A lot of the handwriting I see when I read placement exams at the community college are written in a sort of hybrid.
    6. No contest. Hemingway.
    7. Funny, someone said Tom Buchanan, but I kind of want to punch Daisy.
    10. Napoleon would remain a pig. I’m a vegetarian.
    11. No. See #10.
    12. Ayn Rand…where to start? I think she appeals to all the disaffected youth who are looking for a reason for feeling better than everyone else. So many people seem to have discovered her around their college years, which is right when her manifesto (in a grossly oversimplified phrase, the virtue of selfishness) probably has the most resonance. To be perfectly honest, I find some of her philosophy to be reasonable, but I think she just takes it to an absurd conclusion. I also find it fascinating that her fiction books are both imaginative and dry as the Sahara. Oh, and I read a biography of her and…that woman?…bat shit crazy.
    18. Coffee or bourbon.
    20. Currently re-reading The Grapes of Wrath and also reading Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck (for a book club).

    I guess I chose a lot of the questions, eh?

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  16. #2 Yes. And lots of other stuff. I can’t wait for that technology to be everywhere. Like those scratch and sniff books you mentioned.
    #3 Dead? Hemingway. I mean that has to be entertaining. Alive? Margaret Atwood.
    #4 I primarily write in cursive. I hate writing in block, it’s way too slow. My son just started third grade and they’ll be learning cursive.
    #5 I have NO idea. There must be something though. We must be attracted to sadness in some way.
    #6 Hemingway. I’ve read enough Woolf.
    #7 Frank Wheeler.
    #11 I really dislike ribs.
    #12. Not sure. I always meant to read one of her books to see if I could figure out but lately the kinds of things people say that they attribute to inspiration from her really have turned me off in a big way.
    #13 Hemingway! Wow that’s three times he shows up here and I’m not even a huge fan of his. I like what I’ve read but I’ve never gone on a Hemingway binge like I’ve done with other authors. Maybe I should fix that.
    #16 Love!
    #19 Stephanie Meyer
    #20 How to Practice by the Dalai Lama, Sandman Volume 6, and I have to start Candide for class.

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  17. Lucille #

    2. I hope not! Let’e leave something to the imagination.
    3. Charles Dickens, and would it be tea or stout?
    5. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” (First line of Anna Karenina). There’s much more material for writers in darkness and despair.
    12. She’s a phase that some never moved past.
    18. Coffee
    20. The Debacle by Emile Zola, a great war story based largely on historical event. I am a Zola fan.

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  18. dste #

    Ah! Too many questions! I’ll just answer the ones I have the most interesting responses for.

    4.Does anyone write in cursive anymore? Do they even teach that in schools?

    My grade school still does! We learned cursive in second grade and were expected to use it exclusively from that point on. If we did our assignments in printing, we got major points off. In high school, I eventually fell out of the habit because no one else seemed to use cursive. Also, I think on the AP tests they encouraged you to print your essays in order to make them more legible. Unless I’m misremembering. Now, I’m in college and nobody cares how I write because everything that gets turned in is typed up. Except math, which, let’s face it, is just a bunch of numbers anyway.
    So, I can use cursive. I usually don’t.

    12.What is the fascination with Ayn Rand? Someone? Anyone?

    I actually like Ayn Rand, or at least The Fountainhead. I’ve never read Atlas Shrugged, which is supposed to be better. I read one of her shorter books, Anthem, for class in high school, and my teacher encouraged me to enter the essay contest for students. I did, and when I lost, they sent me a complimentary copy of The Fountainhead. And, if you know me, or someone like me, you know that you can’t put a book into my possesion without expecting me to eventually read it.

    So I did, and I found it fascinating. I don’t at all agree with Rand’s philosophy, but I was fascinated by the character of Howard Roark, who doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of him and tries to do what he knows is great in the world of architecture in spite of the whole world. I find that admirable, personally. If everyone could be themselves and do what they know is best (provided that they’re right about what’s best) in spite of whatever other people might think, the world would be a better place, I think. You can take out all the rest about serving only yourself, etc. because I don’t want to live my life like that, but it’s hard to find another character who’s so strong in this way.

    20. What are you currently reading?

    I’m reading Great Expectations and blogging about it.

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  19. 6. Choosing between Woolf or Hemingway? That’s just painful, but I’ll choose Hemingway.
    18. I am always spilling coffee on books. And paperwork on my desk. And down the front of my shirt. And generally on everything.
    20. A Farewell to Arms. Its my first introduction to Hemingway, and although sometimes his sparse, clipped, prose annoys me, it also seems to work.

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  20. Mary #

    #4 Yes, we still teach cursive in elementary school – at least in Texas. Asking “Why?” may be the better question.

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    • Indeed. It seems we all stop using it by high school. I guess it’s just one of those things that we do because we’ve always done it that way.

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  21. By the way, if anyone wonders what in the world #11 is about. It’s a reference to a Saturday Night Live skit. http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/982961/

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  22. 3. Living? Alexander McCall Smith. Favourite author, very witty and the conversation would be quite entertaining and varied. Dead? TE Lawrence because he’s awesome and I have a major history crush on him.
    4. I do! When I write, it’s in cursive, but cursive that is more akin to a monkish chicken’s. I also use a fountain pen when I can remember where I left it.
    10. Hog roast sandwich from the hog roast place a few streets away from me.
    11. If there was enough BBQ sauce, yes. I miss spare ribs.
    18. Tea. That’s what I drink the most while reading.
    20. Just finished ‘Sunshine on Scotland Street’ and am continuing with Glenn Duncan’s ‘I, Lucifer.’ Quite the change in tone and subject matter. Cheerful and heartwarming to slimy and charming in a used car salesman sort of way.

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  23. I’ve had that happen to me before. It can be so embarrassing at times, and that’s why I mostly keep my thoughts to myself now.

    May I answer some of your questions?

    2. No way in hell! Even if they manage to make something similar, the feel and smell of a physical book are irreplacable.

    3. Stephen King.

    4. I write in cursive, because I went to a French school. Cursive is pretty, mind you! ^_^

    11. Maybe only get a taste, but I’ll try not to get hooked up on it ’cause if it’s finished there will be problems. If it were made of marshamallows, though, I’d devour it in one sitting!

    16. Meh!

    18. I don’t drink near my books!!

    20. I was reading Stephen King’s Cujo but I had to put it on hold.

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  24. liamodell1 #

    With regards to having a chat with an author it would have to be William Shakespeare, without a doubt.

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    August 24, 2012
  25. 2. I think it would be great if they made ereaders of plastic with a high acid content so it not only emitted the musty old book smell but also yellowed with age. Said ereader should be hand sewn into a leather binding.

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    August 24, 2012
  26. Or better yet, reach the point where technology and magic become indistinguishable. All you need is one book. The Book will have blank pages until you open it and tell it what you want it to be. E ink technology on “screens” as thin and flexible as paper pages.

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  27. Teresa #

    1. Caufield
    5. That’s worth 5 blog posts.
    6. Hemingway
    7. Scarlett O’Hara. No contest.
    8. Agree it’s a phase some people don’t want to let go of.
    14. 0 on a 1 to 10 scale
    15. 11 on a 1 to 10 scale
    19. A contest for the Time 100 list: Agee. (saccharin), Lessing (boring), Dreiser (rambling prose) and Martin Amis and Barth (trashy).
    20. Midnight’s Children

    Who to have coffee with? Robert Pirsig.

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    August 24, 2012
  28. 1. Holden
    3. Vonnegut
    6. Hemingway. Seriously though, no middle ground?
    7. Aarfy (Catch 22) or Lady Brett Ashley (The Sun Also Rises)
    9. You’d already be dead, so it wouldn’t matter.
    13. Hemingway: most famous alcoholic ever.
    16. Thanks
    18. Probably water
    19. Stephanie Meyer or whatever the latest craze is (50 shades?)
    20. Cold Mountain (Frazier)

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  29. 5. Not sure who this is attributed to but the phrase ‘happiness writes white’ comes to mind in answer to your question. By which they mean, its easier to write about sadness, loss , depression etc than it is to write about the opposite states. Do we have greater vocabulary for the latter or are there are more shades of experience in the dark side? Not sure….

    8. Girl with Dragon Tattoo. Ok, maybe the book wasn’t high literature but it was definitely a page turner but I lasted 30 mins with the film. Very boring.

    20. White Tiger by Aravind Adiga which won the Man Booker prize in 2008.

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  30. Awesome questions! I want to answer so many of them, but hmm…

    3. J.K. Rowling

    13. Hemingway

    19. Past: Hemingway. I get that he’s one of the classic writers of all time, but I work in the high schools where they have to read some of his books, and no one likes his stories! As a reader, even I admit I’m not a fan of his work even though I respect him as a writer. For present: E.L. James. People need to stop acting like she invented the concept of erotic fiction!

    20. Anna Dressed In Blood.

    paranormalperspective.wordpress.com

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  31. Hmm. Here I go…

    3: I’m torn between Joyce Carol Oates & Stephen King. I’d go with Joyce Carol Oates because I’ve read a lot of non-fiction written by King so feel I know a lot about him. JCo is a mystery

    4: WTF is cursive? I’ve never heard of it. Is it an American thing? I’m just a country bumpkin from Scotland

    7: Bella Swan for being a whiney douche-bag in Eclipse because evil-Edward abadoned her after his brother tried to eat her. It’s like ‘get a grip you pathetic bitch’

    18: Various liquid drinks including water, coffee, tea and soft drinks. I can’t seem to operate a glass or mug properly since I stopped wearing a bib. I also drool a lot

    20: I’m just about to start the fifth Dark Tower novel by Stephen King (The Wolves of the Calla). I’m also about to start a new Dean Koontz (Odd Apolcalypse). I’m halfway through a collection of stories by Harlan Ellison (Strange Wine)

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  32. flowersbetterdressed #

    4. I still write in cursive, but I’m a fifth grade teacher and my students can’t read it. Writing in print takes a lot of effort for me. So, I teach them cursive, but only because I’m selfish and I would rather they learn to read my handwriting than adapt to writing in print. Am I a bad teacher?
    11. Totally! …but only if Harry Caray was there to join me. (I know this was probably one of the rhetorical questions, but ever since I heard Will Ferrell say that I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibly of it being true!)
    20. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

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  33. Who’s whinier: Holden Caulifield or Scarlett O Hara?
    -I think Holden is.

    Do you think it will ever be possible to make digital books emit a book fragrance—kind of like traditional paper?
    -I was told that some company is attempting to create fragrances that you could spray on your e-reader to make it smell like books.

    If you could have a beer, or a glass of wine, or an orange juice, with one author, whom would it be?
    -David Mitchell! And I will silently note of any evidence of his stammer.

    Does anyone write in cursive anymore? Do they even teach that in schools?
    -I do, but I have a terribly bad handwriting.

    Why are so many of these novels depressing? By “so many,” I mean 99% of them.
    -They are depressing because they deal with life. And what is life other than a continuum of struggle and pain?

    You can read one style of writing the rest of your life…either Woolf or Hemingway. Which one do you choose?
    -Woolf. I prefer her winding sentences than Hemingway’s economical writing.

    The worst ever movie adaptation of a successful novel?
    -I thought The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Blindness by Jose Saramago were bland adaptations.

    If The Judge from Blood Meridian approached me on a street, how long before I pee my pants?
    -Not sure. I would have crossed the street had I seen his bald head coming my way.

    What is the fascination with Ayn Rand? Someone? Anyone?
    -I don’t know! But I have copies of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. One of my friends said that her philosophies have been debunked, but I haven’t verified this yet (and I am not in the mood to do so because I am not fascinated by her).

    On a related note, how cool would it be to be David Foster Wallace’s editor?
    -What is the fascination with David Foster Wallace?

    What’s the most frequently spilled liquid on your books?
    -I don’t drink while reading.

    Who do you think is the most overrated author (now or in the past)?
    -James Joyce (just because I hate him). And Henry Miller. And Thomas Pynchon. Both for the same reason, hahaha.

    What are you currently reading?
    -The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. I just finished the second chapter, and it’s fun.

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  34. 3. Whatever Malcolm Lowry is drinking, and a chat with his publisher.
    4. My daughter learned how to write cursive in preparation for third grade. So 8yr olds and their teachers use cursive.
    5. They’re depressing so each of us can find our own happiness.
    10. Remeber his name is Napolean for a reason, so Enchaud Perigordine or a bbq sangy.
    17. Holden Caulfield (I haven’t read An American Tragedy)

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    August 28, 2012
  35. Matt #

    1.Winier: Caulfield or O’Hara? O’Hara. I don’t think “whiny” accurately describes Holden.
    2.Digital books emit a book fragrance? Sure. But what about mold?
    3.Drink with an author? Shakespeare (boring, I know).
    4. Cursive: I’m 34 and write in cursive. None of my students do.
    5. Depressing books: I’ll say “tragic.” And Arthur Miller said of tragedy: “In a word, tragedy is the most accurately balanced portrayal of the human being in his struggle for happiness. That is why we revere our tragedies in the highest, because they most truly portray us.”
    6. Style- Woolf or Hemingway: Hemingway, BUT it has to be done well. Otherwise, I’d shoot myself.
    7. Punch one literary character: Conchis in John Fowles’s The Magus
    8. Bad movie adaptation: The Road
    9. Judge from Blood Meridian: I suspect more a case of a “twosie.”
    10.Napoleon from Animal Farm: punching bag
    11. Moon ribs: Only if I had napkins
    12. Fascination with Rand? Because The Fountainhead is astonishing.
    13.Beer pong: Hemingway, Hemingway, Hemingway.
    14. Suck to be DFW’s editor- unless you were paid by the word…
    15.Cool to be DFW’s editor- not anymore
    16.One word- “Listen.”
    19.Overrated author- Salinger
    20.Currently reading- Fowles’s The Magus

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    August 28, 2012
  36. 12. Don’t know much about Ayn Rand…nor care to
    16. Facetious – fun word to say
    18. Water or tea – so boring
    Love this idea!

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    August 28, 2012
  37. Meredith #

    1. I’m going to say Scarlett. Holden is young and might grow out of it. Scarlett never does.

    3. I know someone else said JK Rowling, but it’s the truth. I love her.

    4. Not the schools near here. But I only use cursive to sign my name, so I don’t care.

    6. Woolf. But I’m not happy about it.

    7. Percy Weasley.

    10. Bacon

    11. Ew. Aside from the whole problem with the tides if the moon got eaten, I’m not a fan of ribs. But if the moon were bacon, it would be a harder decision.

    18. I usually get food on my books, not liquid. Typically pasta. I have a really hard time eating it while reading, but I just can’t stop!

    20. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the 2nd book in the Mistborn trilogy, which is really good so far.

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    August 29, 2012
  38. 1: Scarlett.

    2: No, that’s too sad. Just buy the book!

    3: Peter May.

    4: Of course they do – especially notes to self.

    5: A well-written novel should never be depressing no matter what the subject – it should e entertaining.

    7: Anastasia Steele.

    16: remember

    18: coffee

    19: E.L. James

    20: Fifty Shades Darker. I’m struggling through the trilogy, bored witless but determined to finish it.

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    September 3, 2012
  39. I think you should choose a smaller number of questions to ask, the reader forgets the first question after the first eight. 🙂
    4. Does anyone write in cursive anymore? Do they even teach that in schools?

    Yes! The cursive writing is taught in all the schools of Romania. I didn’t even know that people write differently until I saw it in american movies. By the age of 12, I knew that Americans write with capital letters and it felt sad because it seemed to me that all of them write the same, the personal style was lost in this type of writing.

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    September 6, 2012
  40. Quinn #

    7. Daisy Buchanan

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    July 22, 2013
  41. Reblogged this on And one more thing and commented:
    1. Sorry, I didn’t really make it past the part about Holden before I had to stick my head in the toilet.
    2. It’s possible now – spray ’em with Febreeze or something if you want a scent. 🙂
    3. An orange juice.
    4. People write in cursive, cursive is taught in schools, cursive is unfairly thrust upon the sloping shoulders of students with callused hands who prefer to print things out not in cursive.
    5. Because every new beginning means another end..?
    6. …Hemingway.
    7. Holden.
    8. The first Great Gatsby made me sad, but not in the way it was intended to.
    9. Stream of piss is directly proportional to distance of judge from you on the street.
    10. Pepperoni pizza.
    11. I don’t like spare ribs.
    12. I can’t explain to you what I can’t understand myself. :/
    13. Malcolm.
    14. You could always quit…
    15. How good are the wages?
    16. What?
    17. I haven’t read both, can’t make a judgment.
    18. Tears (…I just don’t spill my beverages when I’m reading).
    19. Shakespeare. I don’t have anything against Shakespeare’s writings, but… Shakespeare.
    20. My textbooks. If I had the choice, I’d be reading Franny and Zooey (ironic, isn’t it?)

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    September 29, 2013
  42. I hope you don’t mind, but I answered the questions on my blog. I had a lot of fun with this, and I think I learnt a little about myself too… or something. Thanks for the fun. If you’re interested, you can find my answers here:

    http://needtoreadgottowatch.blogspot.co.uk

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    July 27, 2014

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