Anna of the wonderfully written Ink Stains on a Reader’s blog nominated me for an award, which is the sort of thing that I don’t usually go in for these days but nonetheless thought it would be fun to answer the questions and pretend I am some sort of celebrity, which I am not…even in my own mind:
Name a piece of literature you consider the best you’ve read so far? What an unfair first question! I think Catch 22 is the perfect novel in terms of pacing but as to best…I don’t know Márquez, Eco, Calvino, Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky…the field of authors is tough so I will go a bit left field and plump for A Pound of Paper by John Baxter, in which he talks of his love for books, his past and obsessions. I need to review that one sometime…it just reaffirms why so many people have a love for books.
What are the characteristics of your dream home library? Each room except the bathroom and kitchen will be crammed full of books, haphazard books everywhere. There will also be comic books and magazines, old papers and pamphlets and whatever else I can hoard. There won’t be much in the way of anything else, a few tables and desk, comfy chairs and a couple of beds as well as the other necessities. It will be a place that amazes people with its sheer number of books but will also feel comfortable and eccentric, a place you don’t want to leave regardless of whether you love books or not. And it will have one of those ladders that you can roll around the shelves because that’s a must.
What are your favorite places for buying books? Any second-hand book shops really, with their musty smell and hidden treasures…the more obscure the better. If it has to be full price books, I want a place that has a diverse choice, not the usual best sellers but unexpected stuff that catches the eye and heart.
Should philosophy be taught from elementary school? Yes, I think that education needs to get back to letting children think for themselves and question…critical thinking should be standard on every curriculum, especially in this culture of dumbing down.
What does it mean to be wise? / What is wisdom? To be wise would be to be logical but to understand that life is about more, about emotion, it is a balance, experience, perception…wisdom is an educated guess as nobody on Earth really has a clue what’s going on.
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