Michael Totten

Because I’m “It”

Nancy Rommelmann tagged me and said I’m “it.” So now I have to answer a bunch of questions or a goon named Guido will show up on my porch with a baseball bat. So here goes.
You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
Fahrenheit 451, of course. That way I might stand a chance.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Yeah, Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings.
The last book you bought is:
Stainless by Todd Grimson. I bought it in part because according to James Ellroy (author of LA Confidential) Grimson is the hippest writer in America. But the real reasons are because he’s a fellow Portlander, he’s been a regular in my comments section for two years, and I just now found out (after all this time) that he’s this famous writer type person.
The last book you read:
Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland is the last book I finished. I read it a few weeks ago in one sitting. I haven’t done that since I graduated from college 13 years ago. (It helps that the book is a short one.)
What’s the book about? Tough question to answer. Let’s just say that it opens with a Columbine-style shooting at a high school and follows four characters through ten years of the aftermath. It would be unfair to Coupland’s surprising story if I said anything more. I put the book down weeks ago and I still can’t get it out of my mind.
What are you currently reading?
One for the Road by Tony Horwitz. It’s a travel book about his hitchhiking adventures Back O’ Bourke (the Australian Outback). I picked it up because his Baghdad Without a Map is the best travel book I’ve read yet about the Middle East. He makes trips to Libya and Yemen into laugh riots. On the one hand, Libya is about as funny as Romania under Ceausescu. But it’s also a wickedly surreal place, and Horwitz captures it all perfectly.
Five books you would take to a deserted island.
* The Collected Works of William Shakespeare — for reasons that ought to be obvious, and I don’t care if that’s cheating.
* Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe — because what the hell else am I supposed to relate to?
* Lord of the Flies by William Golding — to remind myself that things could always be worse.
* Stock Investing for Dummies – because you just never know.
* My own Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. (The one I haven’t written yet.)
Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
* Sheila O’Malley — because she’s always book-blogging anyway, so I doubt she’ll get mad.
* Tim Blair — because I just know whatever he reads is funny and smart.
* Dr. Frank — because I’ll bet what he reads is cool. And I want to know what it is.
Sheila. Tim. Dr Frank. You’re it. Answer the questions, or answer to Guido.