Literature Survey (Facebook)

2009/03/25

This is one of those (many) surveys floating around on Facebook, but this one isn’t quite as onerous or vacuous as most of the others I’ve seen, so I don’t mind filling it out. Since my posts here are cross-linked with my Facebook profile, I figured it would make sense to write it here, and let Facebook do the dirty work of importing it into my profile. Efficient, right? Ain’t I clever?

Survey follows:

Literature survey:

[Note: I’m removing the silly instruction list that comes with the Facebook survey; I don’t much care if anyone else fills out this survey after I do]

01: What author do you own the most books by?
Robert Heinlein

02: What book do you own the most copies of?
No individual book, but I do own multiple copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence in multiple formats.

03: Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not in this case; the alternative grammatical construct necessary to remove the trailing prepositions would have been so contorted and clumsy that the trailing preposition is the lesser of two evils.

04: What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
None.

05: What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (3x); I also refer to the various chapters of The Federalist Papers often.

06: What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Don’t remember, but I suspect something by Dr. Seuss.

07: What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Other End of Time, by Frederick Pohl. 

08: What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Tie between The Federalist Papers by Madison, Hamilton, & Jay, and Paradise Lost by John Milton.

09: If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Moby Dick

10: Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
No idea. I don’t keep up with modern writers much, anyways. 

11: What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Encyclopedia Britannica

12: What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Any.

13: Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don’t remember my dreams.

14″ What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It was horrible.

15: What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Tie between Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, and A Brief History of Time.

16: What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Never seen one.

17: Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Neither

18: Roth or Updike?
I don’t recognize either of these authors, so I have no idea.

19: David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
See answer to question 18.

20: Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
All three.

21: Austen or Eliot?
I’ve only read one book by Austen, and none by Eliot, so I can’t answer this question.

22: What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Walk into any bookstore and look around; about 90% of whats available, I haven’t read.

23: What is your favorite novel?
Tie between The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Starship Troopers, both by Robert Heinlein. 

24: Play?
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

25: Poem?
Tie between The Illiad & The Odyssey by Homer, and Paradise Lost by John Milton.

26; Essay?
Politics and the English Language & The Principles of Newspeak, both by George Orwell.

27: Short story?
Tie between The Last Question & Nightfall, both by Isaac Asimov

28: Work of nonfiction?
The Federalist Papers, by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay.

29: Who is your favorite writer?
Robert Heinlein & Jerry Pournelle (SF); Victor Hugo (19C Literature); Friedrich Nietzsche (Existentialism); Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Jean Jacques Rousseau, & Niccolo Machiavelli (Political Theory); John Milton & Dante Alghieri (Poetry) 

30: Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Probably all of them.

31: What is your desert island book?
Green Eggs & Ham

32: And… what are you reading right now?
The Comunist Manifesto, Marx & Engels; A Discourse on Inequality, Jean Jacques Rousseau; Beyond This Horizon, Robert Heinlein

Enjoy.

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