It's a holiday and I'm just watching the Indy 500 in honor of my late father....so I'm in a "following a meme mood." Sister at brother-sister is a librarian and she offers up a meme she found.
(I) What 5 books are you vaguely embarrassed to admit you haven't read?
1) A great Canadian novel that my wife gave me that I couldn't finish. I can't even remember the author or title.
2) Eight Men Out (Eliot Asinof) -- For this alone I am not eligible for the Baseball Book Reader Hall of Fame
3,4, & 5) That's it. Either I read it or I don't care what someone thinks about my not reading it.
(II) What books do you refuse to be even slightly embarrassed about admitting you haven't read?
1) Anything religious. Yeah, I was supposed to be the family priest, but it didn't take. And I've forgotten the Bible, and all my Latin. mea culpa
2) Anything aimed at the sport "fan." Of course, baseball is not a sport, but a philosophy and all books written about it must be treasured. Even Baseball Stars of 1967 purchased at the Scholastic Book Fair.
3) Any "Dune Cycle" thing after "Dune" (Which was a really good teen novel.)
...I'll add a couple other categories to this...
(III) What books are your guilty pleasures?
1) Any Carl Hiassen or Jimmy Buffett
2) Tales of the City Series by Armistead Maupin
3) Doc Savage series by Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent, et. al)
(IV) What books do you believe everyone should read?
1) Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke
2) The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
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I liked your idea to take baseball back to 1505. Somehow, I see that as a movie... kind of a "Connecticut Yankee" sort of thing.
Maybe my horn player can do "Take Me Out to the Ballgame". :)
How do you figure "Dune" was a teen novel? I was in my mid-twenties when I read it, and still barely managed to slog through the thing.
# Posted by: Brother at May 30, 2008 11:25 PM
"Brother" (not mine) is referring to his interesting idea what to do if travelling back to 1505
I read Dune when I was 16. As such I was less concerned with style and more with the scope of possibility. Warring factions were new to me then. I was just beginning to think of the environment as something to save. Honor and loyalty were still absolutes. Dune played into all that for me.
I think by our mid-twenties we have already narrowed our focus to the greys of life. Black and white are only fond memories. At least for those who have studied people and history. That knowledge and experience would tend to reduce the impact of Dune.
At least that's what I believe. Quite a few older Dune fans might disagree.
# Posted by: Temple of Me at May 31, 2008 12:43 PM