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Monday, April 16, 2007


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Tom E.

1. One book that changed your life?

Brave new World You can't begin to believe the effect of the work on me. One instrumental change: from prochoice to prolife. It's not easy to admit you've not been wrong but horribly, obscenely, arrogantly wrong.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Lots of them. Huck Finn (of course) Catch-22 ( I laughed, I cried, you know the drill.) Slaughter-House Five Like you, Scott, a Vonnegut fan since dewy-cheeked youth. And to prove I'm no belle lettres snob: Most of the James Lee Burke Dave Robicheau novels.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

The one Karen is going to write.

4. One book that made you laugh?

Huck Finn Out loud! Getting Even and Catch-22

5. One book that made you cry?

Dubliners Specifically, "The Dead."...John 9:24-25

6. One book you wish had been written?

Tom Edmisten's Hall of Fame Career with the Yankees

7. One book you wish had never been written?

Can't think of one right now...really don't have a lot of patience for books I don't like, so I never finish them...I'm not in college anyomre so I don't have to.

8. One book you are currently reading?

Los Alamos a mystery novel by Joseph Kanon. A much-lauded work, but I'm having difficulty getting into it.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

The first Charlie Resnick novel by John Harvey (Lonely Hearts) if I can find it.



1)"On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. The finest American writer of the 20th Century, along with Mr. Hemingway. It's not just that this book became iconic almost instantly upon being written. It's that it defined something that people since Hemingway had been trying so hard to define. I read it in college because I was told I had to, and it had nothing to do with any class. I've read it 7,8 times since. The idea of searching and hope. Searching for...something. And the beauty, the pain, and the mystery of the search. Wow. "I think of Dean Moriarty."

2)Well, I just mentioned "On The Road," but to give the impression I've actually read more than one book I'll go with..."To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. She didn't write another novel. Why bother when you'e written the perfect one? Makes me cry every time I read it (oh, sorry, am I jumping ahead?) "Miss Jean Louise? Stand up. Your father's passin'."

3) "Slaughterhouse Five" by the late Mr. Vonnegut. Because I'm stranded on an island and could probably use something to cheer me up. "Listen..."

4) Just one? "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller. If you've read it, you know why. It's so funny because war is so f'ing sad. You think George Bush has read this book? Ha! I kid, of course. "It was never easy for Major Major Major Major."

5)"Oh! The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. Every. Single. Time. A national treasure, both the author and the book. "Still you'll hike on, and I know you'll hike far, and face up to your problems whatever they are."

6) "The Nowhere Travelers" by Dan Tapper. Long story. Short version? Remember to back up your work.

7) I don't understand the question. But I suppose I'd like Ann Coulter to forget how to type.

8) "1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" - What he said. I'm also starting James Joyce's "The Dubliners" again. Just for kicks.

9) "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I am ashamed I have not read it yet. Ashamed.

That was fun.

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Is Too Stuffed To Jump by the Amazing Rhythm Aces on that list?


Under books you wish were never written (and yes, I understand the ambivalence about answering that question, but I'm going to throw this out there anyway...)

Anything after the second book in the Dune series.

Though I haven't read any of them since high school, so perhaps I'm being unfair and need to see them with an adult's eyes and perspective...

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