Tagged by Lotus Life, who seems capable of magnificent motherhood, full-time work, study and blogging, while I struggle with work and blogging. I suck. But I forgive myself.
1.Hardcover or paperback, and why?
Paperback, all the way. Hardcovers are too heavy: you can’t throw them into a bag to take with you, or slip them into a coat pocket, or justify lugging them up a mountain.
In my early university years, and when I was an Arts student, I used to wear a big beige coat that had two enormous pockets. In one pocket, a notebook, my house keys and wallet. In the other pocket, a beat-up paperback and a lollipop. I loved the freedom of those days, wandering the university campus at my leisure, unburdened by a bag and heavy books. I was into Beat literature at the time, so it felt very bohemian to be so unencumbered. The lollipop was to keep me going because I was too poor to buy food: the sugar sufficed until I got home.
I became known in my Classical Mythology class as “The Lollipop Girl”. I did not know anyone in the class, so I used to sit alone, up front. The first few tutorial sessions that I went to did not suit me, so I changed. And the first time I introduced myself to my new tutorial class, one of the other classmates piped up with: Oh! You’re Lollipop Girl. It’s good to know your name at last.
2.If I were to own a book shop I would call it…
Ugh. I’m crap with titles / names. I would probably ask everyone I knew for suggestions, or some random conversation would titillate me and that would become the book shop name. And it would be rather convoluted, and probably not very catchy. Kinda like the title of this blog.
My bookshop would also be a tea room & cafe, pho kitchen, laundrette and cinema. Everyone who wanted to could hang out there for as long as they liked, with nary a purchase required. The tea room would have bird cages, but without birds, because I can’t abide the thought of birds in cages. Maybe the bird cages would double as lamps. Long benches and chaise lounges and comfy arm chairs and cushions and lots of little tables would be dotted all over the place, and bookshelves of all sorts and sizes randomly abound. Turning a corner would confront one with a new vista of books and great chairs on which to sit.
And it must be a second-hand book shop. I will know every book that has come into the shop, but I will resist the temptation to alphabetise or categorise them, wishing instead serendipitous book discovery on my customers. I sort of want my book shop to have a cat, but I don’t like that cats kill wildlife. So I’m torn on the cat front.
There will be tea of every imaginable description, and teapots, collected from charity stores, of all kinds. Oh! And the coffee paraphernalia. Lots of that too.
My cinema will be cosy and have sofas and side tables. I will show an eclectic selection of film: from anime to horror, art-house to thrillers, with a smattering of period drama thrown in.
And there will be a laundrette because every one needs clean clothes.
3.My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is…
I really like a particular quote from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The quote is about both Atticus and his relationship with his children. It is written initially in high-faluting language and then ends in a great twist of simple childish slang, jerking us straight back to Scout’s perspective.
Jem and I were accustomed to our father’s last-will-and-testament diction, and we were at all times free to interrupt Atticus for a translation when it was beyond our understanding.
Like a lot of lawyers, I suppose, I love To Kill A Mockingbird. I identified quite keenly with Scout, and Jem was definitely my older brother, who is wiser and kinder than me, and whom I worship. Scout is a reading, blustering, naive and occasionally thoughtless, but mostly decent-hearted, tomboy. There’s a lot of me in her.
4.The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be…
Roberto Calasso. He is very much alive, and must have a lively, inquiring mind. He is the archetypal polymath, I think, and I would melt in his presence.
5.If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be…
Eh. I probably would not bring the SAS survival guide. I’d bring my Ba.
Book-wise: I really find this prompt an incredibly difficult one. I just can’t get past the idea that if I’m on a deserted island, I probably did not plan to be there so I wouldn’t know what book I will have with me. And it will have to suffice, won’t it? It’s somewhat contrary, because I don’t have any difficulty hypothesising about an author whom I would like to lunch with, or detailing my imaginary bookshop/tearoom/cinema.
I know that the idea behind the prompt is what one book could I read over and over again, and which would keep me from going insane all on my putative lonesome; I just can’t think of one that would fit that bill.
6.I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…
held my books and kept them dry in the shower! yeah!
7.The smell of an old book reminds me of…
other old books: The Life Line Book Fest! I have posted on this over here.
8.If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…
I usually want to be a character in every book I am reading, although not always the lead, and usually someone who is already remarkably like me but better in some way.
9.The most overestimated book of all time is…
The last Harry Potter. Enough said.
10. I hate it when a book…
has lost pages in the middle and you did not know about it when you bought it.
I once purchased a second-hand novel by Richard Brautigan, without realising that it was ‘seconds’ rather than second hand. My partner started reading it first and churned his way through the first 100 or so pages only to find pages 101 – 157 (or thereabouts) missing. I have never seen him so upset with a book in my life. He threw it across the room, then retrieved it, only to tear at it and, dramatically, bin it. I’m glad it was not me who started reading the book. I’m not sure I would have been so restrained.
I’m craparama at tagging. But I think Katie over at Minor Revisions should give this one a go, to distract her a little from her woes, and also Galaxy, if she can incorporate it into her current segues, and N.T if she can be bothered – (in my comments, as her blog is not a talkie-one).