Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I'm A Lazy Ass Who Takes Forever To Finish Meme's

Jen tagged me with this one and I've been a lazy lout and never finished it. I'm as slow as George Bush is smart. So here are my answers .... Book Meme

1. One book that changed your life:
The Cathcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I know, I know .... it's so cliche. But I challenge you to find a book that sums up a cynical teen's view of the world much better. I remember reading this and it was as if I had an epiphany.

2. One book that you've read more than once:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Such an obvious choice, isn't it? For some crazy reason, I keep coming back to this book in my life. In law school during my ethics class, our prof asked us to name an attorney, real or fictional, that we admired and why. I chose Atticus Finch for how he treated the Cunningham family (remember the family that couldn't pay him money, so they would leave chopped wood, roasted chestnuts, and food on the back porch?). I always found it so powerful that despite a client's inability to pay, he let the man keep his dignity by paying back in any way he could.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: A complete collection of Pablo Neruda's poetry so I could sit and really absorb it.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Lies by Al Franken. Amazing that a book chocked full of facts and figures can still make you laugh. But then again, he was a skit writer for SNL.

5. One book that made you cry:
La Maravilla by Alfredo Vea. I had to read this while at Arizona State in my Chicano Lit class. Part of the story is about an old couple that reminded me of my grandparents. Naturally, one of them dies and you are reduced to tears everytime this cantankerous old lady recalls her husband.

6. One book you wish had been written:
Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I really consider this one of the most perfect books ever written. But if you know me personally, you'll know I should have written Everyone Poops.

7. One book you wish had never been written: Anything by that raving cunt Anne Coulter. It's one thing to completely come up with bullshit that you claim is based on facts (just like that cocksucker Bill O'Reilly), but at least try to prove it with some actual facts. Al Franken has called her out on this so many times, it's like calling false start on a retarded kid during a flag football game!!

8. One book you're currently reading:
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. I know I'm behind the power curve on this one, but I am finally getting to it.

9. One book you've been meaning to read: I've started
Don Quixote at least 2 or 3 times and have never finished it. It's a bit intimidating seeing how thick the book is and you can read for a few hours and only read a fraction of it!!!

10. Six people to tag: Let's see, we definitely need
Lindsay, Chelle, Joel, JHD, Sonrisa, and Andi. These kids are great with the books. And if any of you other kids want to do this meme ... please by all means.

18 comments:

A. Estella Sassypants said...

Yay! We must run away together. We'll read Neruda and drink concoctions out of coconuts.

Off to do the meme as we speak.

jennifer said...

you and i are on the same wavelength about poetry on a desert island. it's the perfect thing because you can always read something different into it.

Regina said...

I applaud your daring use of the word "cunt." We really don't use that word enough and if it applies to anyone, it applies to Anne Coulter.

sonrisa morena said...

hmmm? i must really think about this one...

Lindsay said...

I'm alll over this one...it will definitely make me think

Chelle said...

I think this is a list that will change a hundred times in a day. Thanks for the challenge.

JHD said...

I'm with Chelle on this. But I'll see what I can come up with.

DCNats said...

Jenn tagged me to do this list on her blog a few weeks back and so I responded in her comments section... being the lazy prick that I am I decided to just copy and paste my answers from there onto your comments section.

notice that I too responded to #7 in a similar manner- although I didn't manage to work in the phrase "raving cunt" and for that I am envious... anyway, here was the list I wrote on Jenn's blog a couple weeks back:

1.The Motorcycle Diary
2.Great Expectations
3.After Hours- Edwin Torres
4.High Fidelity- Nick Hornby
5.The Corner- David Simon
6.The Fuck-Up by Arthur Nersessian
7.Any of those Ann Coulter books.
8.One Hundred Year of Solitude- I’m just now getting around to reading and yes I feel like an idiot for taking these long to get around to it.
9.The House on Mango Street

Anonymous said...

Everyone Poops? HEHE....I sooooo remember that book.

Cincysundevil said...

Andi-
Lead the way my dear and we'll live in the sun!

Cincysundevil said...

Jen-
Especially with some poets. For me, Neruda paints so many images, I have a hard time keeping up.

Cincysundevil said...

Regina-
Thanks! Anne Coulter should be burned at the stake if you ask me.

Cincysundevil said...

Sonrisa-
Take your time. It took me forever to do it myself.

Cincysundevil said...

Lindsay-
You can do it when you're driving home in the new XTerra.

Cincysundevil said...

Chelle-
You always do a great job on these things. You're so much more well-read than am I.

Cincysundevil said...

JHD-
See if you can pull yourself away from the "fun work" you do all day!!

Cincysundevil said...

Joel-
Great list! Anyone who likes Nick Hornby is A-OK in my book.

Cincysundevil said...

Unforgiving-
Poop is a great word. Especially for a kids book.