(Mimus Pauly hit me with a book tag)
Q1 -- You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to save?
I think I would want the collection Radical Reader to survive—this way I would have something to teach my fellow warriors as we sat around the campfire—these are the voices the book-burners are trying to silence, these are our ancestors, their voices will help us to envision a new society.
Someone might think that the book is limited by only being the voices of radical Americans (which it is, but you just need to supplement it if you have the luxury of being in a society that isn't killing people for reading books), but most likely the next book-burning republic will be in the US and I want people to remember our radical roots ...
Q2 -- Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Yes, … the last character that successfully seduced me was Raule (and Beth in a different way) in K.C. Bishop’s novel The Etched City
Q3 -- The last book you bought is?
I have a slight book fetish/addiction and I haunt used bookstores and track down bargains online:
Last purchase from a used bookstore was:
Society and Technological Change, 2nd ed—Rudi Volti
The Culture of Nature: North American Landscape from Disney to the Exxon Valdez—Alexander Wilson
Ship of Fools—Richard Paul Russo
Last half.com purchase was:
The Physiognomy—Jeffrey Ford
Ill Nature—Joy Williams
House on Mango Street--Sandra Cisnero
Last new book purchase was from the amazing City Lights Bookstore when I was visiting the great city of San Francisco (I was getting books for my Dissertation):
Technologies of Landscape—ed. David Nye
Animal Rites—Carey Wolfe
Green Ink—Michael Frome
From Apocalypse to Way of Life—Frederick Buell
Q4 -- What books are you currently reading?
The Quick and the Dead by Joy Williams; I'm currently teaching My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki; Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action—ed. by Anne Waldman and Lisa Birman; The Companion Species Manifesto by Donna Haraway; The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene—ed. by William Pinar; Political Ecosystems by J.P. Harpignie; Discourses in Place—Ron and Suzie Scallon
Q5 -- Five books you would take to a desert[ed] island?
Encompassing Nature: A Sourcebook—ed. Robert M. Torrance
Documenta X: The Book
Boatbuilding: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction--Howard I. Chapelle or An Island to Oneself: Six Years on a Desert Island—Tom Neale
The Master and Margarita—Mikhail Bulgakov
Voices of a People’s History of the United States—Howard Zinn and Arnold Arnove
And I, in turn, asked these sites to post their responses (you are supposed to invite at least five others to post their response to the five questions):
About Politics whose list is up here ... you have to admire anyone that recognizes the genius of Monty Python
Bitch. Ph.D. who supplied an earlier version from a previous request
Daimonic Reality who supplied his readers with an amazing list of books and is one of the people whose suggestions always lead to great readings.
El Os, El Moreno, and El Abogado
Holisticstoner who shares my love of science fiction and plant life and along with Rickenharp and I, appreciates the brilliant work of Michael Pollan (I assigned this to my students last week)