July 27, 2006

The Book Meme

I was more or less hoping to avoid this but it looks like Chris Weimer tagged me and I do have social responsibilities after all.

Please allow me to begin with a few notes and caveats. In most cases, it was hard to choose just one book. In several categories, I could have chosen one or more from each of my abnormal interests. For example, even Gordon's Ugaritic Textbook has changed my life in some important ways but perhaps not as dramatically as Darwin's classic work. I read Einstein's Meaning of Relativity at an early age and it also was in some ways very formative, so was Plato's Republic. More recently, Dennett's Breaking the Spell has helped me solidify much of my thought on religion and therefore has, in a small way, changed my life. There was even a time when Buber's I and Thou would have been a candidate for my answer to the first question but those days are gone. I could go through this process for many of the nine questions. However, for me, Twain's Roughing It is by far the funniest book, cover to cover, I have ever read and de Beauvoir's Adieux the saddest.

1. One book that changed your life?
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

2. One book you have read more than once?
The Hebrew Bible

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

4. One book that made you laugh?
Mark Twain, Roughing It

5. One book that made you cry?
Simone de Beauvoir, Adieux

6. One book you wish had been written?
The Real Chronology of the Late Bronze and Iron Age Levant

7. One book you wish had never had been written?
Any one or all of the Left Behind Series

8. One book you are currently reading?
Freedman, Forbes and Andersen, Studies in Hebrew and Aramaic Orthography and two others but Freedman et al was closest at hand.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
Steven Jay Gould, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. I'm about 30% through it's 1300 pages but it is very tough sledding for an amateur and its been a while since I worked on it. I feel a little guilty about not completing it as yet.

10. Now tag five people –
I kind of remember that a meme like this circulated among the science bloggers some time ago, if I am wrong or if they are willing to give an update, I tag, Aydin Örstan, afarensis, Janet Stemwedel, PZ Myers and the culture blogger G McLarty.

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I'll get on it first thing in the morning...

Posted by: afarensis at July 27, 2006 9:40 PM


I really like your answer to #6 :->

Posted by: Joe Cathey at July 28, 2006 6:17 AM

Afarensis tagged me, so I just had to click over and see where it came from :)

At least you were able to limit yourself to single books... I gave into temptation here and there.

Posted by: cfeagans at July 28, 2006 10:57 PM

Better late than never. Here are my answers:

Posted by: Aydin at July 31, 2006 3:44 PM

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