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.
The Zen of CSS Design – Shea/Holzschlag
Web Standards Solutions – Dan Cederholm
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?
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: