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November 17, 2013
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The Proust Questionnaire – Book Edition

The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition

 

1. Of these, your reading preference: fiction; nonfiction; poetry; drama:
Fiction
 
2. Your favorite childhood book (or favorite childhood author):
Roald Dahl pre-teen, Stephen King in my teens.
 
3. Your favorite book character:
D.R. & Quinch
 
4. Your favorite book title (because you like the sound of it):
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
 
5. A book you could never finish:
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
 
6. A book you will never start:
The Bible
 
7. If for some reason it turned out that you could save one and only one book from among those you own, which would it be:
By Reason of Insanity by Shane Stevens. Although it is back in print now, so..?
 
8. A book you should have read but haven’t:
The Tin Drum. I think I have two copies now.
 
9. The best “book as object” you own (how it looks over what it says):
Chip Kidd’s The Cheese Monkeys (although what is says is great too)
 
10. Your reading speed: very slow; slow; moderate; fast; very fast:
Moderate
 
11. While you read, are you a note-taker? If yes, where do you record your notes:
Occasionally, margin.
 
12. Your most idiosyncratic reading habit:
Not being able to read a book I’ve been lent
 
13. The most expensive book you’ve ever bought (and, if you can remember, the price):
Probably a book on web development when I used to buy them (before Google)
 
14. If you could be any author:
A prolific one
 
15. If you are what you read, the book that best says who you are:
Hmm. In Milton Lumky Territory by PKD, or Neil Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon?
 
16. Your favorite writer of the gender opposite yours:
Patricia Cornwell
 
17. The last book you bought:
(Checks Kindle…) The Boys of ’67 by Andrew Weist
 
18. Your favorite place to purchase books:
Comic shop
 
19. The book you are currently reading:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
 
20. The book you will read next:
The Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell and Patrick Robinson
 
21. The current location of the book you will read next:
On my phone
 
22. Your favorite format for books: paper or pixels:
Paper for graphic novels, pixels for written word
 
23. If you could have written any book:
True Crime by Andrew Klaven
 
24. A book that was particularly meaningful to, or highly recommended by, an acquaintance of yours:
 
25. If you have the chance to plan it, the last book you’ll read:
101 Sexual Positions to Try Before You Die
 
 

July 24, 2012
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My Top 10 Films

  1. Lost in Translation
    Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray perfect in Sofia Coppola’s best
  2. Groundhog Day
    Explains The Internet
  3. Dumb and Dumber
    Saw this at the cinema when it came out and hated it. Got funnier with every viewing after.
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Perfectly captures the pain of being in love with the wrong person
  5. Ichi the Killer
    Off the wall sadomasochism
  6. Kissing Jessica Stein
    Slightly clutzy lesbian love story, but that “I know…” scene is a killer
  7. The Dead Zone
    David Cronenberg’s best is the best Stephen King adaptation
  8. Five Easy Pieces
    Quit a job after watching this
  9. Harold and Maude
    Quirky love story with perfect soundtrack
  10. Big dumb fun action movie
    Die Hard, Payback, Terminator (I or II), Bourne. Before the sequels ruined them