The Self-Indulgent Narcissism Of Telling People Lots Of Truly Uninteresting Stuff About Me Me Me 101 – Extension Lecture

This was passed to me by The Human Tide; thanks to the blogger.

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

Now that is a good question. I suspect it might well be Johnny Got His Gun. If I had the power, I would make every recruit to the armed forces, every politician and every civil servant read Dalton Trumbo's masterpiece. It is, without doubt, the finest argument against war that has ever been written.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Dana Scully, from X-Files; Cheetara from Thundercats

The last book you bought is:

The last book I bought was Angels and Demons, the sequel to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code as a birthday present for my mother. The last book I bought for myself was Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms

What are you currently reading?

Two books. The first is The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad and the second is Foundation of the LSE by Sir Sydney Caine

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

Hmmm. Good question. Traditionally, one is given the Bible and the Compleat Works of Shakespeare, so I'm going to say that I already have those. One of the five would be, unsurprisingly, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. It should be compulsory reading. The only book I enjoyed from two years of philosophy courses was Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality and I think that would win a place. I find much of Rousseau's work, given my limited understanding, to be on a similar level of worth as a putrefying puddle of poo; this, however, is different. In one of my posts on here, titled the Latter Stages of Exhaustion, I try to make an argument that we can only appreciate the fortunate position that is childhood once we can no longer achieve it; that idea came out of reading this book. I have always wanted to understand better the Christian doctrine of punishment in general and Hell, Purgatory and Heaven in particular, so Dante's Divine Comedy. The fourth book would be Schumpeter's Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, for presumably obvious reasons. Those reasons are that I want to appear intellectual. The fifth and final book would be Requiem for a Spanish Country Peasant (Réquiem por un campesino español) by Ramón José Sender. The book tells of the growth, life and death of a peasant boy in the lead-up to the Spanish Civil War. It is one of the masterpieces of modern Spanish literature.

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

I only regularly read three other blogs. One is the one who passed this to me; the second is Dead Men Left; the third is Waiter Rant. Those are my three.



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