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: Book Meme

(Following up on Len's and Karen's entries.)

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

I believe both of my co-bloggers have misunderstood this one. At the end of Fahrenheit 451, Montag joins a group of people who have become "living books," by memorizing texts so that they will be preserved even when the paper copies are all destroyed. Montag becomes the book of Ecclesiastes.

I'd want to be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I've had plenty of crushes on fictional characters from TV, movies, and anime; but I don't think that counts for the purposes of this meme.

And I've had crushes on comic book characters, such as Maggie from Love and Rockets, and Death from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics.

The only crush on a "words-only" fictional character that I can recall - and this is embarrassing to admit, but it dates back to high school, so it's not so bad - was on Tika from the Dragonlance Chronicles.

The last book you bought was:

I blogged about my last book-buying excursion in February, when I bought Who Wrote the Bible?, Tooth and Claw, and The Girl Who Played Go.

The last book you read:

Who Wrote the Bible?, by Richard Friedman.

What are you currently reading?

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton.

Five books you would take to a deserted island.

My first choice is cheating, I suppose, since it was published as three books, but I have to go with The Lord of the Rings.

I'll cheat on my second choice, too, and take all five Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.

After that, I'll need some philosophy on the list, so I'll choose Word and Object, by W. V. Quine, and Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit.

After that, one more work of fiction: Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.

Brock on 03.11.05 @ 06:54 PM CST

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