THAT BOOK MEME….Now that Kevin has given Julie and me this soapbox for the weekend, I feel somewhat more obligated to respond to this game than I have been to various other well-meaning souls who want me to waste everyone’s time with this tomfoolery.

You?re stuck in Fahrenheit 451. Which book would you be?

Water: A Natural History, by Alice Outwater. Ted Barlow stole my other idea.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I think we’re sticking with books here, so I’ll go with Dagny Taggart, even though that’s a lie and Ayn Rand is the worst writer of all time.

What is the last book you bought?

Egypt and American Foreign Assistance, 1952-1956: Hopes Dashed, by the illustrious Jon Alterman of CSIS. Sounds like a sad story.

What are you currently reading?

Why Globalization Works, by Martin Wolf. I’m enjoying it so far and will be quoting from it later today or tomorrow. Before that I read Stalingrad, by Antony Beevor. Simply oustanding. Before that I read Cairo: The City Victorious, by Max Rodenbeck, which is also excellent and has me greatly enthused for my move to Cairo in June (where I’ll be studying Arabic).

What five books would you take to a deserted island?

Robinson Crusoe, by Robert Louis Stevenson Daniel Defoe
Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust
Ulysses, by James Joyce
The Riverside Shakespeare, by Edward de Vere
The Histories of Herodotus, by Herodotus