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>What I’m reading now

>“She lay there resisting death, as she had resisted life. Frozen with resentment of process and change.”

– Jack Kerouc
William S. Burroughs,
And the Hippos 
Were Boiled             
in Their Tanks

>What I’m reading now

>”Hugh and I have been together for so long that in order to arouse extraordinary passion, we need to engage in physical combat. Once, he hit me on the back of the head with a broken wineglass, and I fell to the floor pretending to be unconscious. That was romantic, or would have been had he rushed to my side rather than stepping over my body to fetch the dustpan.”

— David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

>What I’m reading now

>”A while back, when Dick and Barry and I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like, Barry proposed the idea of a questionnaire for prospective partners, a two- or three-page multiple-choice document that covered all the music/film/TV/book bases. It was inteded a) to dispence with awkward conversation, and b) to prevent a chap from leaping into bed with someone who might, at a later date, turn out to have every Julio Iglesias record ever made. It amused us at the time, although Barry, being Barry, went one stage further: he compiled the questionnaire and presented it to some poor woman he was interested in, and she hit him with it. But there was an important and essential truth contained in the idea, and the truth was that these things matter, and it’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently, or if your favourite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.

– Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

>Thanks to mental flossing…

>Hi. Remember a long time ago when I used to do “Friday Feasts”, the list of five random questions that I rarely got around to answering on Friday but at least I would blog nearly once a week when they were around? I quit when they started repeating, but I may have found something else worth answering. But first: A confession.

I’m addicted to Google Reader and all the bloggy, articley goodness it delivers right to me every day. I usually end up with more than two hundred articles, daily. I didn’t read any on Friday this week, and after going through about a zillion of them… I still have 176 to go. Of course I don’t read all of them – I skim them and read all the ones that catch my eye.

One of the blogs being zipped to my GReader is Mental Floss. It is pretty random, which is why I like it. That’s where I’m getting these new questions from. I don’t know how often they come out, or if I’ll always feel like answering them, but here we go.

Before we start: My unread count on GReader just jumped to 178.

Mental Flossing

1. What’s your proudest video game accomplishment?

The first thing that came to mind isn’t really a video game accomplishment… but it still makes me happy for some reason. No one, in the history of mankind, has been able to beat Super Mario Bros (yah, the first one) in my presence. I don’t think it is possible. I’ve never seen it done.

2. Of all the biographies you’ve ever read, what’s your favorite?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a biography, to tell you the truth. “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by David Eggers is a fictional autobiography though and one of the most kick-ass books I’ve ever read. If I ever write a book, I want it to be like that one.

3. So, what’s for lunch today?

Um, I had popcorn. I’m bad.

4. With the proximity of the ‘Reply’ and ‘Reply All’ buttons on most email programs, there’s no shortage of stories about email disasters. What’s the most regrettable email incident you’ve witnessed (or caused)?

I can’t think of any disasters that those particular buttons have caused. I have witnessed a highly “regrettable email incident” (involving a hacked email account and then some hurt feelings) but out of respect for the poor bastard that had to live through it… I’m leaving out the details.