I guess it is only a matter of time to be tagged, if you are involved in the Blogosphere. I am a bit short on time, so I cannot go into depth on my choices. I remember as a kid always being being asked, “Dude what three albums would you bring on a deserted island?” and never being able to narrow down all the music in the world to three choices, so today these choices are off the top of my head and have not involved too much thought. After all books are my life and I can answer each of the following questions a million different ways. These are just the answers that came to me this Sunday afternoon as I filled in the blanks:
1: One book that changed your life:
People’s History of the Untied States by Howard Zinn. Although it was fairly late in my life, this book more than any other radicalized me and opened my eyes to the true nature of the American government. I have since read Chomsky and Tariq Ali and others, but Zinn’s tome is the quintessential read for anyone who wants to understand the nature of both domestic and foreign American policy. I think it was Marx who said that history is written by the winners, well this is the story of the struggle made by the people of the US. Starting with the genocide of the native population to the Vietnam War and beyond, this is a must read for anyone who considers politics a worthy topic.
2: One book you have read more than once:
There are so many great books that I have yet to read that I rarely read books twice. But I have read Big Sur and The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller at least twice, and I am looking forward to reading it again soon. In this book we fined an older, gentle, more mature Miller discussing the role of Art and his life in Big Sur during his older years.
3: One book you would want on a desert island:
I think I would want a definitive collection of Rumi’s poems. Because realistically how many times can a person read a novel or non-fiction book. But Rumi’s poems like wine, open up, and deliver something new every time they are read. I think they would stimulate me intellectually and spiritually.
4: One book that made you laugh:
Anything by Dave Sedaris. Me Talk Pretty Someday and Naked come to mind. I seldom laugh out loud when reading, but Sedaris is the master of comedy writing.
5: One book you wish had been written:
I am sure this has been written, but a readable history of the fall of the Roman Empire. Something not too academic, but all-inclusive that will show us the signs as our empire collapses.
6: One book you wish had never had been written:
Anything by Ann Coulter.
7: One book that made you cry:
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I think this may be the perfect novel. Funny, sad, insightful and beautifully written.
8: One book you are currently reading:
The Autobiography of Ghandi. It is called My Experiment with Truth. I am 175 pages into it and it is a bit slow. He is currently in South Africa and starting his work in public service. I hope it gets better.
9: One book you have been meaning to read:
Anything by Trotsky and Das Capital. I know it is ambitious, but I hope to get to it someday.
10: Now tag five people:
1. Chronicles of Me
3. The Vapid Lemur
4. Journey's With Jood
5. Life's journey