Another moving speck in the ocean of “the Reading Public”

Here is a Meme I originally spotted on LitLove (check them out, if you think I’m dork-tastic when it comes to books).

1. First book to leave a lasting impression? Konstantin Paustovsky’s autobiography, The Story of a Life. I read the first volume when I was in the first grade. He was born in Kiev, just like I was, and went to the same school as Mikhail Bulgakov. Paustovsky lived through two World Wars, the 1917 Revolution, and the Russian Civil War. He was at his best when he wrote about about nature, his family, and Romanticism. He made me want to be a writer.

2. Which author would you most like to be? Zadie Smith. I am a bigger fan of Kate Atkinson’s work, though.

3. Name the book that has most made you want to visit a place? Tolkien made me want to visit Middle Earth. And Donna Tartt’s The Secret History made me want to see Vermont, despite the gruesomeness.

4. Which contemporary author will still be read in 100 years time?Well, my deepest hopes lie with Kate Atkinson, because I do kind of worship her, and I did write a hundred-page honours thesis on a couple of her works… I think Ian McEwan will also make it, despite the fact that Saturday was a huge letdown for me.

5. Which book would you recommend to a teenager reluctant to try ‘literature’? Mmmm. Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories (a literary crime novel), and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

6. Name your best recent literary discovery? A young woman who calls herself “Diamond.” A friend of mine.

7. Which author’s fictional world would you most like to live in? Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. I love the way magic communicates with nature there.

8. Name your favourite poet? Uh, does it have to be just one? Well, there are a lot to choose from. Boris Pasternak. Anna Akhmatova. Dorothy Parker. Yeats. James Fenton.

9. What’s the best non-fiction title you’ve read this year? This is an odd choice, perhaps, but I read Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces for a class on fairy stories. I think Campbell relies way too much on certain heavy-handed interpretations of Freud and that entire psychoanalytic school, but he is still very much relevant. Also, Phylis Chessler’s Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, for a swift kick in the pants.

10. Which author do you think is much better than his/her reputation? J.K. Rowling. “Oh she’s just a bloody bad children’s writer making a fortune and fooling us all.” Shut up, Harold Bloom & A.S. Byatt.

4 thoughts on “Another moving speck in the ocean of “the Reading Public”

  1. 1. First book to leave a lasting impression?
    1984

    2. Which author would you most like to be?
    Hunter S. Thompson (except the end bit, I plan to be a colossal and expensive pain in the ass on my death bed)

    3. Name the book that has most made you want to visit a place?
    Speed Tribes (it’s all about the sub-cultures in Japan)

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