Stick It to Me
Lillet is pink.
Trey is blue.
Trey has said before that the only differences between he and I are ones of gender, and I think he's mostly right. We tend to score the same on most of those Quizilla quizzes — even "What Kind of Faggot Are You?" although in the seminal indie record quiz, I was If You're Feeling Sinister and he was Slanted and Enchanted, which is also a difference of only gender, really. This is very fortunate, as our modest incomes can only accomodate
one person's vintage cocktail dress addiction. We had our first Christmas party last year, and a mutual friend had a very hard time figuring out whose books were whose — because The Fractal Geometry of Nature turned out to be mine, and the "Que sais-je?" collection belonged to Trey.
That being said, I don't know what he will answer for the stick questionnaire — and hopefully that means we will share books on the desert island, becuase I can't imagine being on a desert island without him, and although I like saying "Read it and weep!" it's not something I can literally do.
You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
My first response was Hop on Fucking Pop, 'cause it's slender and easy, like myself in my late 20's! But, truly, I would choose To the Lighthouse, and A Wrinkle In Time.
Easy. Montaigne: Les Essais.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
What first came to mind were characters like Valentina and Nicola Six and Trudy from Coffee, Tea or Me? But taking "crush" literally rather than euphemistically, there
is only Lisa.
After much thought, I conclude that I have never really had a crush on a fictional character except in the intense way I have cathected onto/yearned to be like female characters. I can't think of
any boys in books I have crushes on, except for Gaspard. Not crushes like the crushes I had on boys in TV and music and movies. The closest thing to a book-boy-crush has probably been David Foster Wallace, and until I met him, he was kind of a fictional character of sorts — but the crush was pretty profound. In fact, I often said that my ideal man would be a cross between Jude Law and David Foster Wallace, and guess what! Reader, I married him!
But my big narcissistic girl crushes are something else. Antoinette Cosway, Wide Sargasso Sea's narrator: I had a VERY intense Medea obsession at one point. I worshipped Nancy Drew as a young girl,
reading 4+ a day. And I had a big crush on Aleytys, the heroine of the Diadem novels that are actually an super-smart extended female Bildungsroman. (As an aside, it is funny that Trey has Valentina as a crush, because I saw a copy of Crepax's Illustrated Story of O at a young age that pretty much galvanized my erotic imagination and has affected me to this day.)
The last book you bought is:
Greene/Arroyo: The Jupiter-Saturn Conference Lectures.
Richard Klein: Cigarettes Are Sublime, which I first bought about ten years ago and read while chaining Gitanes. It was purchased this time by an ex-smoker.
The last book you read:
Scalia (ed.) Zingers from the Hollywood Squares
Greene: The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for
Redemption; Considine: Bette and Joan — the Divine Feud.
What are you currently reading?
McWhorter: The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
Greene/Sasportas: The Development of the Personality
Katchor: Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District
Perec: Jeux intéressants
I started reading Cigarettes Are Sublime in bed this morning, but stopped because I get cranky using that little clip-on, non-partner-disturbing book light my parents gave Trey for Christmas. I am still reading Greene & Sasportas' Dynamics of the Unconscious and Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me (merci Miss Mika!)
Five books you would take to a deserted island:
I am aiming for stringent honesty here as it is answers to this question that most often make me cringe and remind me of those "desert island discs" lists that used to (still do?) appear in Tower Pulse! (Dude! You're into The Cure and Philip Glass? Cool.) So I'm going to try to answer the question what books would you take to a deserted island? rather than what books would you like to be seen packing to take to a deserted island?
Conway et. al. Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays vols 1-4
Clapson (ed.): DK World Reference Atlas
Crystal: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
Šahovski Informator (any number with at least 600 games)
A very, very large collection of crossword puzzles
1) OED, but the big volumes, not that crap with the magnifying glass (although the magnifying glass could be useful to start fires).
2) Krantz: Princess Daisy, because it is the ultimate in comfort books and I have read it scores of times the way three year-olds watch the same DVDs on a loop. Krantz is the non-totebaggers A.S. Byatt, and I choose
Princess Daisy over the pale wanna-be Posession because, frankly, the sex scenes in Posession are totally icky and gay, and, no, I don't mean hot man-on-man action! Krantz is just as silly a name-dropper as Byatt, only hers are all 70s fashion labels.
3) And then, I want to print-out all of wikipedia.org and wikipedia.fr and put it in a big binder (all of which would be done on company time with company supplies before my exile).
4) The collected works of Liz Greene, and the collected works of Carl Jung, and the complete Diadem series of novels by Jo Clayton. Oh, then I would like a subscription to Harper's Bazaar, also.
5) Cambridge University Press' Sky Atlas 2000.0, so we can learn the constellations together.
Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Lillet wanted to ask MasaMania, but I doubt we could get him to respond.
With apologies we ask these same questions of Ashlee, Kender, and Mr. Hell's Kitchen. We have no good response to the question of why we ask these three, aside from the obvious. We expect to be enlightened and entertained; we don't think that any of the three will take umbrage at being hit; and we hope that at least one Paladin Press book will appear on someone's lists.