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I've been double-dog-dared by Tbogg to get in on this book meme that all "the kids" are talking about on the Internets. So, alrighty!

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

OK, I think this question has to do with the books being memorized before they were burned, then passed on orally to others. If that is indeed the point of this question, I'd pick the complete poems of e.e. cummings, because they are still shocking and beautiful and so much fun to read aloud.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Gregor Samsa! I've always been a beetle fan!

But seriously, yes. Starting in senior year AP English with Sabina, the wounded boho mistress of Tomas in Unbearable Lightness of Being. Her independence, her paintings, her bowler hat -- and being played by Lena Olin in the movie didn't hurt (yowza!).

William Henry Devereaux, protagonist of Richard Russo's Straight Man, is exactly the sort of wise-ass college prof I would have secretly swooned over in school. Russo writes wonderfully flawed but crushworthy characters -- Sully, Miles Roby, Tick Roby (a perfectly rendered teen nerd girl).

Irie in White Teeth. Rob Fleming (despite my better judgment) in High Fidelity. Hal Incandenza and Michael Pemulis in Infinite Jest (oh, Pemulis. You heartbreaker).

What are you currently reading?

Organizational Behavior (10th Edition) by Stephen P. Robbins, my current class textbook. I don't much like it.

But for pleasure, on the train and such, the wonderful Bill Bryson's wonderful A Short History of Nearly Everything. It blew my mind in the the first 20 pages (more than one Big Bang? Duuuuuuude!) and now has me thoroughly appreciating my cells.

The last book you bought is:

Making Shadow Boxes and Shrines, by Kathy Cano Murillo, the Crafty Chica. I've always loved Mexican folk art, and I want to make a suitable memorial shrine to Henry with lots of glitter.

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which seems like it will make good El reading after I'm done with the Bryson book.

The last book you read:

The Conscience of a Liberal, by Paul Wellstone. I have to write a paper for class about an ethical leader. Wellstone seemed like a good choice (two people in my class picked the Pope). The book's a little wonky, but inspiring nonetheless. Not unlike Wellstone himself.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volumes 1 and 2. I'll finally have world enough and time.

The OED.

Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec, so I can fancy-up my hut with all the cool stones and shells I find on the beach (note to self: remember to get stranded with glue gun).

The Ultimate Simpsons in a Big Ol' Box, so I can act out scenes with my little coconut friends.

Infinite Jest, because it would be fitting to just read it over and over again until I died.

And now I pass the torch: Take it away, Mr. Jimmie and Christine at Ms. Musings! Also, I'd like to see what Slacktivist reads when he's not slogging through end-times fiction.

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