Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

High Sticked

I’ve been hit with a stick by grey. I had only seen it recently and happened to notice grey got hit before he did. Grey is a good man and always surprises me with his breadth of his knowledge. I’ve been reading a lot lately and this seems to fit right in with a post I was brewing up in my noggin. It seems that this year alone I’ve read about one dozen books. I guess I should be keeping track, but along the way it just got to be more fun to read than to catalog. enter the stick You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be? Hands down the only choice for me would be The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. I was introduced to this book by my good friend Andre. Bester was at the time unknown to me, and that’s a shame. I think he’s one of the best writers I’ve ever read. He wasn’t extremely prolific and I think that hurt his spread the most. The Stars My Destination is definitely very dirty and gritty, which helps to make it seem all the more real. Even though it was published in 1956 it still feels contemporary. The struggle and development of the main character left me wanting to know more about his future. Being that book would be great in that scheme of things. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Hmm, I’d have to say probably, but nothing is jumping to mind. It’s not that I don’t think I ever did, I just preferred crushes on real people since fictional characters were just that, fictional. If anything I’m sure there was a twinge somewhere for some comic book characters, what with visuals and all. Rouge, Mystique, Kitty Pryde, stuff like that. Obviously nothing ever set in though so I can’t say for sure. The last book you bought is: There was a giant book purchase not too long ago of about twenty or so books, but the last one was for sure Reflex by Steven Gould. It’s the sequel to Jumper. Both tell the story of a boy, Davy, that through a stressful situation discovers he can teleport himself. Reflex is set about ten years after Jumper and was a good and enjoyable read. Strangely enough there are similarities to The Stars My Destination and that book even gets a mention in Jumper. The last book you read: Just this morning I finished reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I’ve liked the Tom Robbins books I’ve read so far and Jitterbug Perfume was no exception. Robbins is good at melding varying story lines into one coherent ending. This book held my intrigue throughout. I’ll now need to pick up more works by Mr. Robbins. What are you currently reading? Well, with my daily commute on BART I tend to race through a lot of books pretty fast. Having just finished a book on the ride in this morning (which I hate by the way, because now I don’t have anything to read on the way home) I’ll be moving on in my stack. I guess my next daily book will be Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. At the same time I have a non-daily book that I leave at home to read before bed and the like, Necessary Numbers by Mary Blocksma. It’s an interesting look at everyday numbers. My favorite bit so far is learning how barcodes work and how to calculate the check digit. Five books you would take to a deserted

island: A tough question, but here we go:

[The Stars My Destination](
by Alfred Bester. You can see the first question for more on why
this is my favorite book.
  • A star atlas of some kind. I love looking at the stars and picking out celestial objects. Don’t ask me which specific book because I don’t know, but I would want a complete one for sure.

  • CRUDDY: An Illustrated Novel by Lynda Barry. As far as fiction goes this book is another that I could read over and over. It’s interesting and has such gritty characters you can almost see yourself in the story. Good stuff.

  • The Forest People by Colin Turnbull. An awesome romp into a fascinating culture.

  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. I can’t say enough good about this book. It’s a fascinating read, even after you’ve already read it. Ms. Roach de-mystifies the post-death happenings with the human body but does so in a kind, warm, and very real manner. You laugh, you tear up, and you understand.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And Why?

[rotomonkey]( - While Chris is a very visual
person he's also one of the smartest guys I know. I've been
surprised in the past when Chris pulls out some bit of knowledge,
but now nothing like that surprises me coming from him.
  • KP – A master extraordinaire and a super nice guy. I only wish I had stuck around New York to work with him more.

  • Chris Palmer – Chris is another one of those brainy folk that puts me to shame. He smart and quirky and I want to see a bit more of what’s in his brain without the need for a bone saw.

Current stick path as it got to me: Barrie unleashed the stick on 3/7/05 – Amanda – scooterdeb – Brian – Karma Police – Evelio – Ivy

– Suzanne – Jeff – Patricia Lockwood – Frank – Amy – Steve – Ginger

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