May 16, 2005

So what have we really been reading lately..

I just turned in my last essay, meaning that I have finished all my schoolwork. Oh the sweet smell of freedom! (Freedom in the sense that I am working like a dog, but at least I won't have to study). Also, I finally had time to answer the questions of this questionaire jsoffer sent me:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
What? I don’t understand the question. I never read Fahrenheit 451. But I did once fantasise about being ‘Lizzy’ in “Pride and Prejudice”.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
No. That’s absurd.

The last book you bought is:
I think it was “The Straight Path of Islam” by John Esposito, although it might have been “Freedom in Fulani Social Life” by.. some anthropologist, can’t remember. I’m too lazy to check. But the last book I bought ‘deliberately’ (as in not for school) was “The crisis of Islam” by Bernard Lewis.

The last book you read is:
Well I am just about to finish “Anthropology and Africa: Changing Perspectives on a Changing Scene”, but before that it was, hmm… oh yes, “Eskimo Essays”, by Ann Fienup Riordan.
The last book I read ‘voluntarily’? Ehrm... I’d rather not say, since it’s been shamefully long. But I sure do my share of reading though…

Five books you would take to a desert island.
1) Teach yourself Arabic (seriously, what else would there be to do?)
2) Teach yourself Italian
3) Teach yourself French
4) Advanced Hebrew
5) (Stealing this one from the guy who sent it to me): How to escape from a desert island for dummies!

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Katie-Yael: Because she’s a really nice, fun and smart girl, and I’d be interested in hearing her answers.

Hasidic Gentile
: Because he’s so full of mystery. Lets learn a little about him, shall we…
Solomonia: Because he’s a blog-wiz, and I want to know more about why it is so!

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I like how your choices presume you'll get off the island at some point. : )

F451 is about a world where books are illegal and firemen don't put out fires, they start them because they are the ones in charge of making sure no one is reading. (They burn the books.) One of the firemen gets his hands on a book and starts reading in secret. Etc, etc. It's the book that dumbo Michael Moore was referring to in his F9-11 movie title, you know, because the United States is an Orwellian nightmare according to him. Which is why he's a multimillionaire who makes movies completely unfettered by anyone. But I suppose the fact that he was snubbed at the Oscars is proof to him of yet another govt. conspiracy. (End Moore rant.)

Posted by: Alice at May 17, 2005 12:02 AM Permalink

Thanks for answering! The reference to F451, as Tom pointed out, is because at the end of the book each person literally becomes a book by memorizing it, to protect it as long as the person lives. Yes, it's a very obscure reference.

Posted by: Jaime Soffer at May 18, 2005 05:19 AM Permalink

Ok, here are my answers:

If I were stuck inside the book Fahrenheit 451 I'd want to be Fahrenheit 451 because, of course, it would be the first book they'd want to get rid of and I'd rebel and tell the world.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Absurd, maybe, but yes I have. When I was 12 I was infatuated with Ari Ben Canaan of Exodus. However, because I was 12, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to marry him when I grew up or have him adopt me *grin.*

The last book you bought is: "chavurat koach ha'moach vhatakala ha'mistorit" --yep, a kids book with vowels so I can hopefully learn some vocabulary and sentence structure in a relatively painless way. For work I recently bought "Self and Identity."

Last book(s) I read: "In the Days of Destruction and Revolt" by Zivia Lubetkin, book 5 in the chavurat koach ha'moach series, and "The Vocabulary of Peace."

Five books I'd take to a desert island:
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. How to speak Yiddish
3. How to speak French
4. Subsistence farming on a desert island
5. The Complete works of Bertolt Brecht

Posted by: katie-yael at May 18, 2005 06:02 AM Permalink

Blog wiz? That doesn't have anything to do with pee-pee does it? ;)

Seriously, thanks for thinking of me, but I already did it, here.

BTW, I hadn't read Fahrenheit 451 when I took it, either. I since have, though. (Highly recommended, and short!)

Posted by: Solomon at May 18, 2005 01:49 PM Permalink