July 8, 2005

Hastily Scribbled

OKAY-- I have houseguests and I have to go paint a garden on the wall of my friend's little girl's room, and so, here, have some some delicious linky love:

Want to know what BOOK you are? TAKE THE QUIZ.

I am THE POISONWOOD BIBLE. Which, yay. I am Barabara Kingsolver's BEST novel, and that is SAYING something.
Also, I had an interesting interview with Gothic Review. They asked....some kinda out there things and then we did the INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO questions. (Digression: They didn't ask the one about "If heaven exists, what do you want to hear when you reach the pearly gates?" But my answer is, "Well...it was a good try.")

EXCERPT FROM THE INTERVIEW:

THEM: If you could reincarnate into any animal, what would you like to reincarnate into and why?

ME: A Mayfly. They die fast and I wouldn't want to be an animal for very long. Animals can't read or even speak...oh sure, they communicate, but animals are not big on STORY. And with a Mayfly, I could experience flying and I wouldn't be an animal long enough to get truly bored. Also it would be challenging to experience a whole life in 24 hours. I bet every Mayfly has a great, tragic love story. When you are a Mayfly, you meet your Juliette about noon and you burn with passion and delight all afternoon and then BOOM you are both dead before you ever have to fill out a joint tax return.

The whole thing is HERE.

Posted by joshilyn at July 8, 2005 8:54 AM
Comments

I'm the "People's History of the United States". How boring. I would've liked to have been "East of Eden" or "My Antonia". God! I'm not even satisfied with my book much less my personality.

Also, I think I'd like to be a corgie on some rich man's lap. We could ride out on the three wheeler to see the horses. He would also feed me with a little spoon.

Posted by: Waylon at July 8, 2005 9:28 AM

Allow me to say, Woot!

You're To Kill a Mockingbird!
by Harper Lee
Perceived as a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have changed the minds of many people. While questioning the authority around you, you've also taken a significant amount of flack. But you've had the admirable guts to persevere. There's a weird guy in the neighborhood using dubious means to protect you, but you're pretty sure it's worth it in the end. In the end, it remains unclear to you whether finches and mockingbirds get along in real life.

Posted by: Mr. Husband at July 8, 2005 10:05 AM

Prufrock and Other Observations.
by T.S. Eliot
Wow, these guys are almost scary -- nailed me dead center with that description. How'd they do that?! Guess I'd better go buy that book an'read it, huh.

Posted by: David at July 8, 2005 10:16 AM

HEy, as I remember, I was The Poisonwood Bible too, last time...
We ARE twins.
I hate you for being the pretty one, you know.

Posted by: Kira at July 8, 2005 10:47 AM

"You're One Hundred Years of Solitude!
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez"

Puhleeeze. I don't THINK so!
I need to go take it again and lie.

Posted by: DebR at July 8, 2005 11:13 AM

I am To Kill a Mockingbird, which is great because I LOVE that book and there is a weird guy in my neighborhood; but I do not think he is protecting me.

I used the book last year in my Soc 4950 class, Sociology through Film and Literature and *assumed* that most of the students had already read it; about 5 out of 95 had read it.

In reference to Black M&M's:

I call them M's instead of M&M's because the second M seems redundant. Is there a story to the need for two M's? Digression... I added Ursula, Under to my wish list; but my husband has banned me from buying any more books until I finish the 7 on my nightstand. I LOVED Gods as well as Eating the Cheshire Cat and The Bitch Posse. Thanks for the *recommendations*.

Posted by: Karen at July 8, 2005 11:21 AM

How do you accept being told you are Watership Down?

"Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits."

I do tend to wander, but I do finish my thoughts and sentences....
hmmmm, I never talk about rabbits - they are pukas thank you very much. My Gosh! what if I'd chosen hot or armadillos?

hmmm, now I need to rethink my whole position in life.

Posted by: Cele at July 8, 2005 11:45 AM

I'm a Catch-22?
by Joseph Heller
Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of people.

Guess that means I can say about everything that I really am darned if I do and darned if I don't! The quiz said so!

Posted by: Jenn at July 8, 2005 12:16 PM

Excuse me, I have to go (tragically) slay myself, now....

You're Les Miserables!
by Victor Hugo
One of the best known people in your community, you have become something of a phenomenon. People have sung about you, danced in your honor, created all manner of art in your name. And yet your story is one of failure and despair, with a few brief exceptions. A hopeless romantic, you'll never stop hoping that more good will come from your failings than is ever possible. Beware detectives and prison guards bearing vendettas.

Posted by: Mir at July 8, 2005 1:14 PM

I'm The Great Gatsby!? Well...I like the clothes and the cars but as for the rest of it...
"You're The Great Gatsby!
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Having grown up in immense wealth and privilege, [huh?] the world is truly at your doorstep. Instead of reveling in this life of luxury, however, you spend most of your time mooning over a failed romance. The object of your affection is all but worthless--a frivolous liar--but it matters not to you. You can paint any image of the past you want and make it seem real. If you were a color of fishing boat light, you would be green."

By the by, this is my first foray into posting. My friend Peggy, from Tulsa, got me hooked on your blog. Now reading it and the attendant comments has become the high point of my day.

Posted by: Jan in Norman, OK at July 8, 2005 3:47 PM

I'm A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, and the description nailed me pretty well.

This is one of the funnest memes I've ever seen. Thanks, Joshilyn!

Posted by: Katrina at July 8, 2005 4:25 PM

FWIW, on my second try, it said I was "Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now THAT'S more like it!

If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.

Posted by: DebR at July 8, 2005 4:38 PM

Lovely...I'm a book I don't even like (A Prayer for Owen Meany)! The description was spot-on, but I much preferred The Cider House Rules.

And I'm reading your book right now. Love it so far.

Posted by: Andi at July 8, 2005 5:56 PM

I was Mists of Avalon, which happens to be one of my most favorite books!

Posted by: FoFuSa at July 8, 2005 6:36 PM

Now, with 64 choices, how could I possibly end up with the same one as you? I get the religious background one, but "isolated and schizophrenic?" Maybe I should be paying attention to my mental illness number, too! Guess it's time to read the book.

Posted by: Dara at July 8, 2005 7:23 PM

I'm "Alice in Wonderland." Like I didn't see that one coming.

Posted by: katie at July 8, 2005 9:09 PM

I'm "To Kill a Mockingbird" - You are shocked I'm sure!

Love, Papa

Posted by: Papa at July 8, 2005 11:37 PM

I'm "To Kill a Mockingbird" also. in good company with Papa and Mr. Husband!

Posted by: julie at July 9, 2005 8:38 AM

It says I'm A People's History of the United States. Which I'm not even REMOTELY interested in reading, let alone BEING. I'm jealous of the To Kill a Mockingbird crowd. So now I'm a boring book, and I'm back in Kansas. *raspberries* Life at your house was much more fun.

Posted by: Amy at July 9, 2005 5:00 PM

I already took that quiz. I am LOLITA. I do find that mildly disturbing. *cringes*

I LOVE Barbara Kingsolver.

Posted by: Heather at July 9, 2005 5:53 PM