20 Questions

  1. Will Dicaprio’s performance as Gatsby be better than Redford’s?  

    Admittedly, I’ve never seen the Redford Gatsby, but as you all know my opinion of Leo, and as I spent time stalking Mr. Redford at Sundance over the summer (and eventually settling for an enormous reuben sandwich from the lodge restaurant instead), I’m going to say no.

  2. Narnia or Middle Earth? 

    I loved Narnia first, beginning in fifth grade.  I didn’t read Lord of the Rings until eleventh grade.

  3. Hemingway or Joyce? 

    Hemingway, that crazy genius bastard.

  4. Favorite font? 

    I haven’t thought about this one much, truthfully. I usually stick to Cambria, which is the default on Mac. Times New when forced.

  5. What’s your ideal book length for reading? 

    If the book keeps me engaged, than I don’t care how long it is.  The average length of the books I read is probably about 250 pages.

  6. You have to go a year without a book (all forms) or a week without food. Which one do you choose and why? 

    Well, obviously I’m a fan of food.  Training for a 5K, not to mention basic functioning, would be rather difficult without it.  But to go without intellectual stimulation would be torturous as well; one can watch The Wedding Planner on TLC only so many times.  I’m going to say I’d skip the food, but someone had better bring me Chipotle at the end of the week.

  7. Best concert you’ve ever been to? 

    Concerts I’ve been to: Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, Cloud Cult, Flogging Molly, Rooney, Coldplay.  The Rooney was the only one I legitimately didn’t enjoy, despite the fact that MIchael from The Princess Diaries was singing lead.  Paul McCartney has to take the prize on this one, mostly because he’s Paul McCartney, but partly because he’s still got it, and because I went with my mom in ninth grade, and because I brought back more souvenirs from that concert than most kids bring back from Disneyworld.

  8. Star Wars or Star Trek? 

    Star Wars.  I first saw it in my neighbor’s basement.  We stole the VHS’s from her older brother and then sat for hours, eating fudgsicles and holding the everlasting debate: Leia buns: chic or earmuffs?

  9. Best compliment you ever received from a teacher/professor? 

    In sixth grade, I wrote a book report on The Diary of Anne Frank.  In the margin, my teacher scrawled, “Is this really you writing this?”  Thinking I was being accused of plagiarism, I confronted him at his desk, ready to defend my honor.  Then he told me it was a compliment.  And I sat back down.

  10. What’s your one piece of writing advice? (don’t be shy!) 

    How about this?  The best writing advice I’ve ever received: “The best essays are written by those who ask ‘why’ one more time than anyone else does.”

  11. Mountain reading or beach reading? 

    I hate beach reading.  Not only is it hot and blinding, but sand gets everywhere.  I think I’m more of an indoor reader.

  12. What’s one novel you think is awesome that everyone else thinks is bad? 

    Gone With the Wind.  It’s a magical book, despite its length and its sentimentality.  But Scarlett O’Hara is a b.  That is all.

  13. Conversely, what’s one novel you think is bad that everyone else thinks is awesome?

    Invisible Man.   Wicked.  The Red Badge of Courage.

  14.  Amazon: Good or bad?

     Amazon provides me with cheap textbooks every semester, so I’m going to say good.

  15. Most famous author you’ve ever met?

    I haven’t met many authors, sadly.  Maybe Michael Perry at the literary festival last year?

  16. What percentage of books on your bookshelf have you actually read (estimate)? 

    80%.  I do buy a lot of books, but I also go through them fairly quickly.  Nothing bothers me more than the presence of an unread book on my shelf.

  17. Favorite reading beverage? 

    Water.  I’m trying to make myself into a tea drinker, but so far that isn’t happening.

  18. A hypothetical: Print and digital books are no more and audio books are the only form of literature remaining. One catch: All the audio books are read by Gilbert Gottfried (who has indeed recorded an audio version of 50 Shades of Grey). Are you done with literature? 

    The story is what matters to me, not the form it’s in.  I will not be denied my Virginia Woolf!

  19. One novel every teenager must read? 

    I believe every freshman in college should read Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise.

  20. Who inspired you to become an avid reader? 

    I don’t know that anyone specific inspired me; I’ve loved to read ever since I learned.  I’m sure it helped, however, that my mom is a reader, and that both of my parents kept my bookshelf stocked.  I’ve also been under the wing of several gracious librarians, who have wavered overdue notices and allowed me to check out past capacity and offered book suggestions before I even asked.


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