My cousin and fellow blog writer / photographer Jeppe Engell
challenged me to answer 5 questions about my book and reading habits - maybe you have seen this on other blogs as well. Anyway, here goes:
1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?
Funny fact: I'm currently reading Fahrenheit 451 - in the sense that I began reading it last summer, and never finished it. So in a way, one can say that I'm litterally stuck in the middle of Fahrenheit 451 :-)
Seriously, I don't know. I didn't fully get the question, so I just Googled around to see what other people have answered to this, and it turns out that the question is really: which book would I want to MEMORIZE, since this seems to be part of the plot of Fahrenheit 451 (I would have known this, had I finished the book, goddammit - see this
for more info).
I guess I would want to memorize some heavy philosophical work that I don't initially understand, like Martin Heidegger's "Being and Time". Then I could spend the rest of my life pondering the meaning of it - never a dull moment :-)
2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
I'm not sure. We're all a bit fictional, aren't we? I know I am.
3. The last book you bought is?
That would be "The Questions of Life: An Invitation to Philosophy" by Fernando Savater (I got the Danish version called "På ryggen af en tiger"). I have not read it yet, but it looks promising. I read way to little these days, except for PHP reference manuals (a programming language that I use a lot) and the like.
4. What are you currently reading?
Currently, I read "R.E.M. | Fiction - an alternative biography" by David Buckley. My sister gave it to me on my birthday. It's very exciting for an R.E.M.-fan like myself, telling the story of R.E.M. from 1979 to the present. I also read "1984" by George Orwell.
5. Five books you would take to a deserted island
1) "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland - I enjoyed it very much, and I could read it again.
2) "Being and Time" by Martin Heidegger - hence my answer above. Should contain reading for a few years. I read a few chapters in connection to my master thesis, and that shit is tough, man :-)
3) "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown - because my girlfriend keeps saying that I should read it.
4) Something by Neil Stephenson - because quite a few of my friends talk very warmly about his stuff, and as far as I can tell, all his books are 1000 pages or more, so there should be plenty to digest.
5) "The Lord of the Rings", "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" or some other must-read book that I never got around to (yeah, I haven't read Tolkien - so sue me :-)