Wednesday, May 10, 2006

FAQ's, or rather, FAQ

When I whined about no one asking me questions in last weeks Random Thoughts, Sarah evidently felt sorry for me (Whoo-hoo!! Pity!) and asked me a two-part question, so here’s my answer:

What are your five favorite books and what five books should I read?

My five favorite books are:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
  3. Walden by Henry David Throeau
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Five books that you should read (assuming you've read TKAM & some Shakespeare):

  1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu – not just a war strategies book anymore.
  2. Blue Highways by William Yeast-Heat Moon – an incredible look into Americana. Somewhat dry at times, yet still a must-read.
  3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – my brother’s favorite book. He forced me to read it years ago and I was not disappointed. Neither will you.
  4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac – Best. Road-trip book. Ever.
  5. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson – Best. Drug & Road-trip book. Ever.

I have more books that I think should be required reading for people, in case you care: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Beowolf, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, The Harry Potter series (don't laugh, they're good and are getting better with each progressive book) Undaunted Courage, Band of Brothers & D-Day by Stephen Ambrose and the early works of Michael Crichton (before he sold out) such as The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery and Jurassic Park.

I considered doing this as a meme and tagging people such as Scott, CP X 2, Mr Big Dubya, MetroDad, Croutonboy, Becky, Roger, QofS, Gidge, a few others (who shall rename nameless… but you know who you are) and Sarah, but I decided against it (wow, that was a huge collective sigh of relief I just heard)

But I am still going to throw this question out to all of my loyal readers out there... assuming I have a couple...

What are your five favorite books and what five books should I read?

A Day, and night, apart: the conclusion

[Camera Shot: A beautiful spring day]

We follow The Peanut Butter as she gets out of the Explorer, runs to the front door (all so she can see her sister) and walks into her grandmother's house.

[Camera change: inside house] The PB’s Aunt tells her that her sister is playing in the backyard. The camera follows The PB as she bolts to the back door, swings it open and runs out...

[Camera change: outside] The Jelly is swinging with her cousin, Little Man, when she sees her sister come leaping out the door.

Their eyes meet [cue music] and as The J sees the PB, she jumps off the swing as they both start running towards one another...[music tempo increases]

They hug... camera pans around them...

They are together again...

[End Scene]