aggroprudequeen asked: 24, 34, 44!
24. I kinda wanna be “super basic”, as you would say, and list Mary Mccarthy’s Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, but that’s not my favorite biography, it’s my favorite genre of autobiography, the way she interrogates her memory. I guess my favorite biography/autobio of the last few months is You Can’t Win by Jack Black, a memoir on being a grifter/opium addict/burglar/prisoner in the teens and 20s. The unapologetic, straight talking detail and the painstaking record of lumpen/drug user culture in those days just totally won me over. Other (auto)bios I’ve enjoyed over the years: old school sex workers’ rights movement activist Dolores French’s Working: My Life As A Prostitute (inspirational for all sworkers—she talks about going anywhere with no money on her and being able to rake it in, and that’s how she traveled the world), Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer’s Woman, Thomas de Quincy’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story by the only woman head of the Black Panthers, Elaine Brown.
44. Favorite film adaptation? I don’t watch enough movies, really. Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula is a fantastic if ABSURD adaptation of Dracula. And, saying something else for Copolla, I like Apocalypse Now as a film adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. I also LOVED the movie Wonder Boys but HATED the book—I guess lit geek guys’ pretensions are easier to take if you don’t have to read them from their POV. I ADORED the movie versions of Jesus’ Son and Drugstore Cowboy, which I guess just goes to show that great junkie books make great junkie movies?
34. Isn’t this the same for all of a certain type of person? Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, which I’ve prob. begun three times throughout my life. Plus Joyce’s oeuvre, at least so I can critique it—I’ve started Ulysses way too many times as well, and I shuddered in fear at the passage about attempting to begin Finnegan’s Wake in The Bell Jar. I read something somewhere that said that adulthood means realizing you’ll never finish reading Proust.
Ruth Fowler didn’t like our review :(
We are never to speak to another human being like that because, as caty says, ms walking vaginas has so much of a moral high ground there
- ASK ME ASK ME NOW (these questions, peechingtonmariejust!)
- 1. Favorite childhood book?
- 2. What are you reading right now?
- 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
- 4. Bad book habit?
- 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
- 6. Do you have an e-reader?
- 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
- 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
- 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
- 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
- 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
- 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
- 13. Can you read on the bus?
- 14. Favorite place to read?
- 15. What is your policy on book lending?
- 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
- 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
- 18. Not even with text books?
- 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
- 20. What makes you love a book?
- 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
- 22. Favorite genre?
- 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
- 24. Favourite biography?
- 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
- 26. Favourite cookbook?
- 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
- 28. Favorite reading snack?
- 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
- 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
- 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
- 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
- 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
- 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
- 35. Favorite Poet?
- 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
- 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
- 38. Favorite fictional character?
- 39. Favourite fictional villain?
- 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
- 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
- 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
- 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
- 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
- 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
- 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
- 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
- 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
- 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
- 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
- 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
- 52. Name a book that made you angry.
- 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
- 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
- 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Listing my pieces for Tits and Sass on our communal ongoing projects chart—is there anyone I’m forgetting? Please chime in if you’re writing something for me. Also, does anyone feel a burning need to submit a piece—a review of sex worker related media, an essay on sex workers’ rights politics, anything?
Also, we’re collecting photos for an inspirational photo essay piece for the week of December 17th, International End Violence Against Sex Workers Day. Please e-mail me any photos of sex workers doing activism, esp. around ending violence against sex workers, at simon.caty@gmail,com. Credit the photographers, and let me know which org is involved. Thanks!
— Among Others by Jo Walton (ah precocious kid childhood)