Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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03/11/2005: Don't say ya didn't ASK :-)

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Fahrenheit 451 Q as a "Book burning special": As purely fictional crap suitable for kindling would be anything by Ann Coulter (tho' I don't actually own any of her opus magnas per se.)

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional charcter?

Fictional Crushes: When I was a kid, pre-teen (10 or 11 years old really)...I loved the characters in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre." Jane is a particularly interesting and "role model" character (for the Victorian age) as a girl who manages Life's adversities and her "passionate nature" on the strength of her character and intelligence...cause she's not dealt an easy hand or "get by on one's good looks" situation. Edward Fairfax Rochester is also intriguing as the mysterious "above Jane's station in life" employer and owner of Thornfield Hall. He's also been dealt a dirty hand by "fate" and yet the struggles over "choices" and "proprieties" of the age --which also say much for the Victorian "morality" play of the times. There is also a bit of confluence of "fate" and "serendipity" among certain characters and chance meetings (I can relate to that). The story has not a "fairy tale" ending...but a happy ending. All the best qualities for a pre-teen girl to "romanticize" about. Can't say I've had any similar crush as an adult reader, or that I could pick any particular character and say "I'd like to be in those shoes."

The Last book you bought is:

The last book(s) I bought must (of necessity) be in the plural cause I had a trip out to get something for my father and several "on ordered" books waiting and those "purchases I wanted for my library".

Bridge for Dummies (for my dad)
The Greedy Bastard Diary by Eric Idle
Love Poverty and War by Christopher Hitchens
The Encyclopedia of Chicago by James R. Grossman, Durkin Keating, Janice L. Reiff
That's Not In My American History Book by Thomas Ayres
Webster's Dictionary of Word Origins by Merriam-Webster
Roget's Thesaurus of Phrases by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Wicked- The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Geneva-In Vintage Postcards by John J. Laukaitis
The Virgin Lover by Philippa Gregory

The last book you read:

The Last book(s) I read: (of necessity) must be in the plural cause I'm usually reading 2-4 books at any one time.

In Other Words by Christopher Moore
History of Languages by Christopher Moore (returned to library)
Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich (not as good any any of her Stephanie Plum novels)
Whiteout by Ken Follett
America: The Book by Jon Stewart

What are you currently reading?

Angels and Demons by Dan Browne
The Goomba's book of Love by Steven Schirripa
A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George (an Inspector Lynley and Simon St. James characters...also a PBS "Mystery" series)
And, Finishing...Collapse by Jared Diamond

Five Books you would take to deserted island:

Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Oxford Complete Shakespeare- Comedies, Tragedies, Histories (because there are too many of them I've never read...could keep me busy for awhile on that Island)
Sharon Kay Penman's series of historical fiction of English Medieval history: Here Be Dragons; Falls The Shadow; The Sunne In Splendour; Time and Chance; When Christ and His Saints Slept.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

I'll have to "consider" who to pass this on to...since I'm not too sure what (if anything) my friends are reading these days.

I suppose I'd have to wonder what Don Wycliff was a reading lately...since I recall this towering stack'o'books and periodicals in his office from last October.

And Eric Graff (of the Park Ridge gang) cause he's got the most "organized and indexed" personal Library I've EVER seen outside the Dewey Decimal System...needs a library card to "borrow" any of his books. *Smile* And also Tom Kosinski to see what he's got in his "in-bin" 'o' books to read.

And perhaps as a "new acquaintance" Q&A would be to hit both Brock and Abby as to "what they is a reading" these days and how they'd answer these questions.

Karen on 03.11.05 @ 01:58 PM CST

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