Book Survey! Part 3 of 5

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Do you ever dog-ear books?

Jeffry Eugenides - The Virgin SuicidesI’m with Greg on this one. HELL no. Though I do have a copy of The Virgin Suicides, which was lent to me and I never gave back. (Sorry Doug.) It’s dog-earred and double dog-earned. And I probably lent it out to half the girlfriends I had in college. As I write this, I flipped through and read some. “Why did I mark this … OH. That’s why.” Some of the sections in that book just give me a mix of butterflies and sickening recognition.

Do you ever write in the margins of your books?


Not even with text books?

I don’t have text books these days. Even in college I was a little skeeved by it. I much preferred reading packets, where I could desecrate the photocopies to my devilish content.

What is your favorite language to read in?

That would be English.

What makes you love a book?

Emotion. Get me to care about a character and if he gets his wish. From Invisible Monsters to Daredevil: Yellow, it’s all about how these people feel. Sell me on their emotions and I’ll believe that they can fly, have their jaw shot off and eaten by birds, anything.

What will inspire you to recommend a book?

Three reasons I can think of:
Phonogram 2: The Singles Club

  • Being able to connect a person with a book that reminds me of them, like when I suggested Raymond Carver to Jane, as she was writing a sparse, subtle short story.
  • Helping a person understand me. Like giving The Virgin Suicides to girlfriends.
  • When something is just THAT GOOD. I suggest Phonogram 2: The Singles Club to anyone that will listen.

Favorite genre?

This one I’m struggling with. Action? But with romance? And some jokes, not too goofy?

Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?

I’d like to read more non-fiction. But I’m afraid of things being to boring or didactic. Or not having someone I can pull for as I read.

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