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I’ve seen this book meme floating around and I’ve been trying to avoid doing it, but since Marie of Alembic passed it on to me I’ll have to go ahead and spend some time figuring it out.

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

I’m assuming this means which book do we want to memorize in order to preserve it after all the books are burned. It would have to be a very, very short book since I’m awful at memorizing anything. Still, if I were capable of it, I think I’d choose Yeats’ Complete Poems.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

No, no, and still no. Wouldn’t that be like falling in love with yourself?

I really admire Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird, but I wouldn’t call it a “crush” by any stretch of the imagination.

The last book you bought is?

I bought three the last time I was at Barnes and Noble: Photoshop Masking & Compositing by Katrin Eismann, The Art of Photoshop by Daniel Giordin, and Selected Poems by John Ashberrry. I usually buy books in multiples, one reason I try to avoid bookstores when shopping.

What are you currently reading?

Normally I only read ONE book at a time, but right now I happen to be reading two books: Photoshop Masking and Compositing and Paul Hoover’s Norton Anthology, Postmodern American Poetry.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

I agree with Marie that I’d want a survival manual, specifically, US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76. Again, like Marie I’d take a book of fairy tales, probably Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It becomes a little harder after that. If I’m going to become Yeats’ Complete Poems, I’d have to take that. I don’t think I could do without Roethke’s Complete Poems, either. I guess my final choice would be Louis Untermeyer’s Modern American Poetry, because there’s a lot in there I haven’t re-read for quite awhile, and I very seldom re-read any book, unless it’s a how-to book.

Quite a few of the sites I read regularly have already done this, but I’d love to know what Shelley, Jonathon, and Andru’s favorite books are .