Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I got tagged and didn't realize it.

Sorry about this. I didn't notice Frank tagging me.

A Book That Has Changed Your Life: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. If you talk to friends they'll tell you that I like to indulge myself. I have attempted to recreate the opening paragraph to this book, and the contents as a whole, in Vegas on a couple of occasions. Honorable mention: One Knee Equals Two Feet by John Madden.

A Book That I've Read More Than Once: The Catcher In The Rye. When I was young it helped me feel like I wasn't the only kid pissed off all the time. As an adult it reminds me that kids are pissed off all the time. That's an oversimplification of course. Honorable Mention: Watchman by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons.

A Book That Makes You Laugh: Fargo Rock City. Deconstruction and defense for an era and musical genre that often get the short end of the stick. Honorable Mention: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

A Book That Makes You Cry: The 9/11 Commission Report. Much better written than I expected. Say what you want about it, it humanizes the events of that day better than anything I have read on 9/11. Honorable Mention: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Book You Wish You Had Written: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. The best "modern" American novel I have read. A grand historical-fiction about the origin of comics, the people who created them and America in the 20Th century. Honorable Mention: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.

Book You Wish Had Never Been Written: The Bible. I know the other religious texts out there have caused some trouble, but has any book ever written been the justification for more misery than the Bible. Honorable Mention: Dianetics by L.Ron Hubbard.

Book You Are Currently Reading: A People's History of The United States, 1492-Present. Excellent "alternative" history from the perspective of the oppressed throughout U.S. history. Thanks for the recommendation Chris. Honorable Mention: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Book You've Been Meaning To Read: The Bible. I should know more about it if I'm gonna criticize it so much. Honorable Mention: Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard.

I tag Dirty Laundry. And also Johnny Yen.

11 comments:

dirty said...

Crap...I will have to think about this one...the last book I read front to back was "Your Pregnancy Week by Week"...

Phil said...

That one makes me laugh and laugh.

Anonymous said...

Interesting choice, The Bible. The Bible itself is actually 66 different books. I bet you would want to get rid of the Book of Romans. In it is a laundry list written by men of what men can and cannot do in order to be in God's good graces. Whenever conservative types quote the Bible about why gay's are bad they are almost always in the Book of Romans.

Phil said...

Yeah, screw that book of Romans, and screw you Anonymous!

Isn't every Book of the Bible written by a man?

Anonymous said...

Yes, every book was written by a man or by Man. Don't lump me in with the "the Bible was written by God" crowd. There does exist a "Gospel According to Mary Magdelene", but it was never cannonized so it's not in the Bible. There is an argument that the Book of Deuteronomy was written by a cat.

Phil said...

Did Mary write that one? What does cannonized mean again? Where can I meet this cat?

Anonymous said...

Who wrote Mary? Who knows? Nobody is totally sure who wrote matt, mark, luke, & other guy. Cannonized means having been voted (by vatican) as the official word of God. (I've never really understood why Catholics seem to be the default religion of Christianity. Probably for the longest time they had all the money.)) Sounds insane doesn't it? A bunch of land owners voting yes or no about what goes into the bible.
You can meet the cat on stage. Deuteronomy is the name of the lead cat in "Cats" as well as a book of the O.T. (Old Testament....or a hot new drama on Fox!) I've never seen the play or read the book so...yea.

Phil said...

I think Catholics are the default religion cause they were the first Christian religion. Right?

I had no idea "Cats" was about the Bible.

Have you bought the new Star Wars DVDs yet? Original versions...

Anonymous said...

I have no info about the Catholic Church being the first Christian church. It's the first I've heard of it, but what I don't know about catholicism could fill a boat.

I also have no idea what "Cats"is about I just know about that characters name.

F***ing, George Lucas. I'll probably buy those dvd's eventually.

lulu said...

Completely unrelated to cats and Christians, I adore Kavalier and Clay, and you are right, "grand" is the perfect word to describe it.

Phil said...

Lulu,

Yes. I hope it becomes required reading in High Schools.

Thanks for reading.