by Nathan Hamm on 3/29/2005 · 8 comments

For those who aren’t interested in these kinds of things, feel free to skip this post, but I’ve been tagged with that book thing. I think there’s some kind of blog law that says I have to do it.

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

Wouldn’t it be ironic if I said Fahrenheit 451? Well, I’m going to have to go with Beloved. There are plenty of books out there I don’t like, but this might take the cake as the only book I was forced to read that I found absolutely no joy in. Luckily I was able to pick up the major themes from class discussions and compare characters to Jesus. As long as there was a Jesus comparison, the teacher was happy (I once compared a pot of crabs to Jesus in there–she ate it up).

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Not that I can recall.

The last book you bought is:

The Ends of the Earth and Eastward to Tartary because he told me to.

The last book you read:

Eastward to Tartary by Robert Kaplan

What are you currently reading?

Would it surprise you if I said The Ends of the Earth by Robert Kaplan? It’s my train book. My home book is The Baburnama.

Five books you would take to a desert island.

Sweet merciful pot of crabs. I guess this would be five books I really enjoy.

Not that I’ve read them all, but The Collected Works of Shakespeare is obligatory
The Lord of the Rings
Cannery Row by Steinbeck? I don’t know. I like them all so much.
The Prince (with which I will conquer any scheming volleyballs or other imaginary friends…)
Ulysses because I think that a desert island is the only place I’d develop the patience to finish the damned thing…

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Curzon of Coming Anarchy for putting a photo of me on a bad hair day on his blog…
Upyernoz in the interests of bipartisanship…
Robert Mayer because I’m very interested to see what he says…

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Curzon March 29, 2005 at 9:22 pm

heh, guilty as charged…

Glad to see you’re reading all that Kaplan tho. And if it works from Michael Totten, let me give it a whirl…

“You will read SURRENDER OR STARVE!”

upyernoz March 29, 2005 at 9:27 pm

damn you nathan!

still, i guess i am kind of flattered

Tim Newman March 30, 2005 at 3:40 am

Jeez Nathan, I’ve just followed the link to Coming Anarchy and seen your picture…………you look miles different from how I expected. And now I have forgotten what I expected you’d look like.

Nathan March 30, 2005 at 6:52 am

What I look in that picture is all kinds of wrong…

My about page one is better.

Tim Newman March 30, 2005 at 9:37 am

Nope, still nothing like what I expected. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nathan March 30, 2005 at 9:42 am

I get that a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also get asked if I’m all kinds of things I’m not: Jewish, Russian, French, German.

I should mention that I was three sheets to the wind in the Coming Anarchy picture.

Curzon March 30, 2005 at 10:03 am

On the bright side, I’ve looked better myself: Check out that last pic here…
That about page needs to be updated with grad school decided…

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