The Book Baton

Willie Mays Hays passed this “Book Baton” thing over. Aiight. Here it goes. (This is long as all….)

Name three books on your book shelf. One from each end and one from the middle.

My books are currently all in boxes, as I’m moving in, so I’ll have to do my work book shelf. Shut up.

left side:
The Zen of CSS Design – Shea/Holzschlag

middle:
Web Standards Solutions – Dan Cederholm

right side:
The elements of typographic style – Robert Bringhurst

What reading material is in your bathroom?

Hmm. Well, nothing right now, as I just moved in, but I generally take in “The Writing of the Samurai” when I’m going to be in there a while. I’m almost done with that, so after that will be “Moneyball” or “Getting Things Done.”

Favorite authors and why

This is my problem. I don’t read enough fiction. I read all sorts of non-fiction dry technical stuff. I need to read more real stuff.

I like some Kerouac, some Burroughs, I love Aldous Huxley. I’ve got a ton of fiction to read that I’ve bought, but haven’t been able to get to with the move and all. Soon. Soon.

Least favorite authors and why.

Jakob Nielsen, for writing a completely un-usable manual on usability, calling it a book, and giving me a headache.

What author is over rated?

Some of the stuff my mom loves I think is overrated, but that’s subjectivity for you. Just because a lot of people like it and you don’t, does it mean it’s over rated? (e.g. Robert Ludlum, etc.)

Would you (have you) picked up a woman (or man) in a bookstore?

No, but i did end up dating an avid reader, does that count?

Do you eat while you read? If so what’s your food of choice?

Nuts.

Name one book you’d recommend for someone searching for meaning or insight or inspiration.

Ditto on mays. “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse. Funny. the dot in dot sara likes to push that book like crack.

Name one book you’d recommend for a day on the beach or a rainy day in the house.

Um….. “A Brief History of Everything” – that’s some head wrapping Mays.

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Please, I’m a graphic designer. If you can’t design a good cover, give me a hard bound book sans dust jacket with a nice foil stamp on the spine. Less is always more with this stuff.

In the bookstore, what section do you head to first?

Magazines? I don’t know. I tend to shop online. I guess History (dry, I know) or technical (dryer, i know).

five people to whom i’m passing the book baton:

Shep
Hankins
Addam Wassel
Alicia Schadt
Waldo Jaquith

  1. jen says:

    The Book Baton

    1 - Name three books on your book shelf. One from each end and one from the middle.

    left side:
    jim henson - the works

    middle:
    grof - the holotropic mind


    right side:
    mcniff - art as medicine


    2 - What reading material is in your bathroom?

    i generally don't stay long enough to get involved in reading.

    3 - Favorite authors and why

    judith - she makes energy work applicable to psychotherapy
    kingsolver - strong female protagonists
    sedaris - the only time i've laughed aloud at a book
    amos - yes, tori. her autobiography is smart.
    nin - sexy
    plath - complicated, dark

    4 - Least favorite authors and why.

    too many... i am just often surprised at how easy it must be to get published.

    5 - What author is over rated?

    ayn rand - yuck.

    6 - Would you (have you) picked up a woman (or man) in a bookstore?

    i pick craig up in bookstores all the time.

    7 - Do you eat while you read? If so what’s your food of choice?

    i need both hands. for some reason?

    8 - Name one book you’d recommend for someone searching for meaning or insight or inspiration.

    how about three? (most of my books fall under this category, so it's hard to narrow down)
    - when things fall apart - pema chodron
    - ordinary magic - john welwood
    - eastern body, western mind - anodea judith

    9 - Name one book you’d recommend for a day on the beach or a rainy day in the house.

    magazines.

    10 - Do you judge a book by its cover?

    i'm a sucker for packaging.

    11 - In the bookstore, what section do you head to first?

    the "search" field on amazon.com

    12 - five people to whom i’m passing the book baton:

    craig, my loveable bookworm
    kelley, my partner in the bookworm control mission of 1988
    amy, my favorite poet of all time
    courtney, my smartypants rockstar friend
    mike wei, my friend who recommends strange things with conviction

  2. Sry says:

    I read this about 6 or 7 years ago and absolutely loved it. I read it in 24 hours and that's cintuong bathroom and food breaks. I didn't go to sleep until I finished reading it, I was hooked from the the first page. My spouse thought I was insane for not getting any rest while reading this book, but it wasn't the first time and it probably will not be the last.If you are interested another good book is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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