Never one to let a good meme die.

Myke asks

1. Estimate the total number of books you’ve owned in your life.

This is gonna have to be one hell of a rough guess. Probably at least half the books I’ve read have been traded with other travelers while on the road. Or with friends and family while at home. In fact, I never really think of me as owning the book, more like the book paying me a visit. So, I’ll say that I’ve probably bought around 150 books. Jesus, what a waste of money when every time I go to the library I always check out more than I can read.

2. What’s the last book you bought?

I think the last book I actually bought was How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers.

3. What’s the last book you read?

Tortilla Curtain by TC Boyle. When I first started reading it I was sure it was the seed of inspiration for the movie Spanglish and wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. But T.C. Boyle is a subtle, unbiased, and incredibly observant writer. I had read Drop City by him last year about a group of 1960’s Californian hippes trying to go back to nature in Alaska and the way he can reveal his characters hipocrisies without judging them is incredible. The same is true with Tortilla Curtain; a tragedy about two well-intentioned couples in a suburb of Los Angeles who end up making each other’s lives (and their own) hell through no fault of their own other than self-preservation. Like Barbara Kingsolver, Boyle ties in ecological metaphors (mostly through the fictional monthly column of the wealthy environmentalist husband) that describe the sociological situations of the characters. Highly recommended.

4. List 5 books that mean a lot to you.

Through necessary exclusion:

  • Immortality (Perennial Classics)
    Immortality by Milan Kundera
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Vintage)
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • The Poisonwood Bible
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Dharma Bums
    The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • White Teeth: A Novel
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Meanwhile, all the way back in April, Thivai asked all of us:

Q1 — You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to save?

This is the only question I’m willing to answer for all three of us. All back issues of The Onion of course.

Q2 — Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

A couple months ago I was reading Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins and all throughout the book I had a fat crush on Bonanza Jelly Bean.

Q3 — The last book you bought is?

See here.

Q4 — What books are you currently reading?

Finishing up the last 20 pages of Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner, just starting unit 2 of Espanol 3 Para Extranjeros, and just beginning The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

Q5 — Five books you would take to a desert[ed] island?

That’s a tough one. Probably one book on island survival. Another on botany and what plants are edible. I could finally finish George Bernard Shaw’s A History of Western Philosophy. Probably a book of porn or erotica. And then maybe something by Nietzche in case I need to work up the courage to kill myself.

Andrew, who has a damn cool little mappy thing on his weblog of where in Europe he is at the moment, asks:

Total size of music files on my computer:

3335 songs, 18.50 gigabytes, 10.3 days of music. And then another 100 gb or so on DVD’s that get shuffled onto my computer when I need change.

The last CD I bought was:

I really haven’t the slightest idea. CD’s seem to me about as useful as 8-tracks.

Song playing right now:

Vida de Ot rio por from the City of God soundtrack. I’ve been into funk lately.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

That’s so hard. I feel like I’ve answered this question before though. I can tell you that I’ve been really into the podcast DailySonic lately. Every weekend they get some random person to introduce him/herself and play the tunes they like. And then during the week it’s a whole show with news, music, and specials. I guess they call it an MP3zine – whatever that means.

And now to tag others. Five people, you can choose to do whatever meme you want … or none at all:

  • César
  • shimonkey – who will have to come up with some clever way to do it on flickr
  • Gustavo – I’m especially curious to know what tracks he’s got on his compu
  • HP – cause god knows we all need more republican gansta rap … at least I assume he’d do the music since we all now conservatives don’t read
  • Paul