Wednesday, February 4, 2009


This meme is from Matt and saves me from writing something involving too much thought this morning, a good thing.

One book you’re currently reading: The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson.

One book that changed your life:The Vakhtangov School of Stage Art by Nikolai Gorchakov
A book about the great student of Stanislavski who ended up founding a satellite studio of the Moscow Art Theatre, directing several brilliant projects, and dying at around age 40. It taught me there was another director who thought about theater the way I did.

One book you’d want on a deserted island: I usually say the complete works of Shakespeare because they're bottomless, but at this point I might take Middlemarch because it seems like the only place I might have enough time to finish it.

One book you’ve read more than once: The Goldbug Variations by Richard Powers - fantastic.

One book you’ve never been able to finish: The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, and in this case I graciously accept defeat.

One book that made you laugh: Paper Towns by John Green - terrific YA lit.

One book that made you cry: Sula by Toni Morrison in an ice cream store in Pittsburgh.

One book you keep rereading: For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin.

One book you’ve been meaning to read: It's not one, there's a list on my sidebar but Middlemarch (yes, Matt, I know, I know. I getting there!) Buddenbrooks, Daniel Deronda, and Natasha's Dance particularly plague me.

One book you believe everyone should read: I don't make a lot of pronouncements about what other people should do. But I have recommended My Name is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok to numerous readers.

Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence…
Differentiation of the forebrain vesicle is a bit more complex, although in essence a deep groove (when viewed from the outside) forms rostrodorsally to produce an endbrain vesicle, followed by an interbrain vesicle.
You asked. It's from Brain Architecture by Larry W. Swanson. and now for all of you who went 'huh?' to the above, this volume is the next closest...
Aside from the torments of longing i endured, away from her, swinging between bouts of wild elation and terror lest she should change her mind, the one cloud on our horizon was the question of where we were to live.
From The Seance by John Harwood.

Considered yourself tagged if it suits you.


Anonymous said...

The Robert Musil book has gathered at least two inches of dust on the bottom shelf. The latest tear-jerker is also a Toni Morrison, Beloved, whose last page I turned at the coffee shop, along with kleenex in my hand.

Ted said...

Matt - I know only one person who has actually read the Musil. And he has read so many other things that I have never gotten through that I have just decided to give up that particular battle.

Anonymous said...

Now that you have shared the story, the prospect of finishing Middlemarch is improved.

Ted said...

Matt - Funny you should say that. Last night I got into bed after a long day of a lot of work and then watching a three-hour movie and not a single book interested me except...