If I Were…. and the Which Book Are You? quiz inspired such original, creative responses from readers. So, when I came across this interesting questionnaire over at Scheiss Weekly, I decided to take it. I hope you will take it, too because Shamash would love to hear YOUR answers to this questionaire.
1. If you couldn't get out of "Fahrenheit 451," what book would you like to be?
[This could mean one of two things: the book gets burned, and therefore no longer exists, or else the book gets memorized by the faithful outcasts, and is therefore is immortal.)
Deserves to be burned:
Any book in the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I can’t stand the authors (a “team with a shared evangelical fervor”) , and what they represent (LaHaye is the cofounder of the Moral Majority), even though one in eight Americans are reading this series.
Deserves to be memorized:
The Essential Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)
2. Did you ever have a crush on a fictional character?
-the tall, dark, mysterious men in the Harlequin romances that I read when I was in middle/high school
-Asher Lev in My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
-Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
-fictional, big, bad guys with attitude (and tattoos) like these in "Gothic" novels. Where's the bat for the SHARP bodyguard, and why wasn't the chick wearing a"Hand of Fatima" round her neck? Where are the guys like this in real life who rescue a damsel in leather and studs?
3. What was the last book you bought?
A cookbook: Green’s Greens: Mostly Vegetables with an Oriental Twist by Daniel Green
4. What was the last book you read?
5. What book are you reading now?
Technopoly: the Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
6. Five books you would take with you to a deserted island?
- a. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
- b. The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
- c. a coloring book (with crayons)
- d. The Holy Bible
- e. Drawing on the Right side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
7. The last book given to you?
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
(thanks to “My Precious” Ruby, who, by request, hand-carried it all the way from Abu Dhabi and speed-read it on the plane.)
8. Three people you're going to pass this on to, and why?
Have Coffee Will Write: because I like the books he reads
Expat Nomad: because I always love to read his responses to quizzes and other, general questions about life (and the differences between the male and the female psyche!)
Legend of Y and Ms. Penelope, because they are bibliophiles, just like me.