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April 5, 2005 by Dan

From Maya:

1. You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be? The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton. Burning up with a free-spirited, traveling kindred soul is my way to go.

2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Off the top of my head:
Laura from High Fidelity
Rose Walker from Sandman
Jody the vampire from Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

3. The last book you bought is: I rarely buy books (I’m a library guy), but I actually used up my Green Apple credit the other week on Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

4. The last book you read: What was I reading last week? I can never remember when it didn’t blow my mind. I really wanted to read Lying, Cheating and Stealing: Great writers on how to get what you want but the library lost it. So, I read A Storm of Swords by George Martin instead. Good junk fantasy, that.

5. What are you currently reading? Love and Death in Kathmandu and The Language Instinct: how the mind creates language. Pretty heavy non-fiction for now. I’m hoping to start the McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales edited by Chabon in the next couple of days.

6. Five books you would take to a deserted island:
Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I’m counting the whole thing as one book.
Oxford Shakespeare: the complete works. That sucker would eat up an unbelievable amount of time.
Lamb by Christopher Moore. I’d bring all of his stuff if I could, but this one is just so damned good.
The Art of the Personal Essay. I don’t know where my copy went, but if I still had it I’d take it along.
Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Again, more than one book but it’s the same story so it totally counts.

7. Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 people) and why?

My brother, because he’s brilliant and has different lit. taste than me.
My mom, for the same reasons.
My pal David, ‘cuz he’s slightly crazy.



  1. maya says:

    I had to read the Pinker book for one of my Cog Sci classes in college. It’s a pretty easy read, especially considering the complexity of the topic. In many ways, Stephen Pinker is the Hawking of his particular academic area. A lot of people in the cog sci vein think less of him for it, but I applaud anyone’s attempts to distill our understanding of brain science to its nuts and bolts. Have you read Mind Hacks? That’s next on my list of books to order that I will never have time to read.

  2. Dan says:

    Mind Hacks–hm…SF Public doesn’t have it. I bet I can get a friend of mine to buy it, and thus let me borrow it!

    I’m about halfway through Pinker now; it does seem like he’s doing a bit of spoon-feeding, and more so than Hawking. I should finish it by the end of the week, and maybe post some comments.

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