So, I have been nominated for an award…
My first thought was that it was either a joke or a mockery. This, of course, comes from my own perception of this blog’s quality.
I write reluctantly and it’s always very time-consuming because I have to fight with my own self – I want to write but at the same time I don’t, I weigh every word, I revise every paragraph some dozen times, or even more… Also, English not being my native language doesn’t really help. These are the reasons why my posts are under 500 words, why I have no patience nor will (nor time, for that matter) to write with wider grasp and substance. To me, every post seems more or less unfinished, just a hint of something, and therefore not really worthy of any kind of award… But, apparently not everybody thinks the way I do on this subject: I have to thank you, Amyclae for the nomination. It seems sincere enough. I will be pleased if this blog gives you half the joy yours is giving me…
Now, on to the assigned homework… Here are the 11 facts about myself:
- I want to live in a small cottage on the edge of a village, back entrance path leading to woods; small, berry garden on the left; front porch looking at the wide meadows and a distant horizon; neighbors at least five minutes away.
- “I am not a snob; it is simply that I am not interested with what most people have to say, or what they want to do — mostly with my time.” Bukowski
- I don’t grieve and I don’t have regrets. They’re pointless.
- I sew my own clothes… Unfortunately I don’t know how to make shoes.
- People say I resemble Emily Dickinson.
- It always feels weird approaching a person waiting for me; even if it’s my best friend.
- Hardly a day goes by without me wishing the teleportation possible – it is so boring walking always the same four ways home.
- Things that annoy me the most: generalization, simplification, fallacy, ignorance, bad manners, slow computers, umbrellas.
- Second favorite art form: film!
- I definitely have to learn to be more assertive.
- I want to live in a small town, in my own second-hand bookshop where readers could have tea and cookies, and bread with home-made jams.
The questions Amyclae came up with:
1. What is the best essay, or essay collection, you have ever read?
Hmmm, let’s say: Diary of a Melancholy, by Dževad Karahasan and The Common Reader, Virginia Woolf. And, Stanislaw Lem – I cannot recollect the title but it was an essay on science fiction… I’ve read a lot of essays on literature during my studies but only a few collections. Nowadays I read essays occasionally, in literary magazines. However, if anyone has some good suggestions – be my guest, please… It doesn’t have to be on literature. Philosophy, psychology, botany, film, time problematics are welcome too.
2. Favorite fiction novel?
I can hardly be expected to choose one so I’ll name two: Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford and To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf.
3. Favorite nonfiction, of any bookish genre?
Had a bit of a hard time deciding what you mean by bookish genre nonfiction.. I love reading about reading so I’ll say, for now, my favorite is Alberto Manguel’s Library at Night. Suggestions are welcome here, as well.
4. What is the author I should know about but I do not?
Since I don’t really know which authors you do know about, there’s a risk of giving redundant information. Nevertheless: Georg Büchner!, Aleksandar Hemon, Bertolt Brecht, Ernesto Sabato, Milan Kundera.
5. Why do you write?
I write because I want to note my thoughts on books I read since I have the tendency to forget all about them except whether they were good or bad. Writing helps prevent brain atrophy.
6. Is there such a thing as too much pie? And if so, why are you a terrorist?
Yes, there is. I would argue there’s such a thing as too much of anything.
7. If you could elicit one completely truthful answer from everyone you met, with no social cost, what would the question be?
Why do you live?
8. What is an intellectual to you?
Maybe it could be put in a word – philosopher. (I’m tired… So, I will try to revise this answer tomorrow.)
9. Trigger-warnings. Explain.
I had to do a bit of a research here since I had no idea what the trigger-warnings were.. No literature should come with a warning.
10. If you could insert one book or play or literary work into the Anglosphere’s high school curriculum what would it be? Would you?
I’m not familiar with the Anglosphere’s high school curriculum… Is there any Paul Auster? Irving? I’m not sure if I would.
11. What is a blog I, Amyclae, should follow?
Hmm, I gave you my best suggestions before. Check my nominees – maybe you’ll find some that would suit you (number 4, maybe?).
Next, I have to pass the nomination to 11 bloggers. Not sure if every one of those I have in mind can be counted in but breaking the (not firmly set of) rules of the Liebster Award will not hurt anybody. Actually, I do not care about the rules, I just want to list my Liebsters without restrictions. So here they are:
- The Argumentative Old Git, his way of writing and thinking about literature is exceptional and inspiring.
- Pieces, Michelle has an eye for good literature.
- Wuthering Expectations, I am always delighted with the details he notices in the books he reads and the ways he dissects the texts.
- Celebration of Reading, again, love his way of thinking, and the blog has been a great source of new authors.
- Things Mean a Lot, one of the first blogs I started to follow. I love her book analyses and thinking.
- A Pen Full of Vinegar, challenging, insightful, my cup of tea.
- Book to the Future; love the way he constructs his reviews.
- Thinking in Fragments, I always had an inclination towards diaries and this one is particularly delightful.
- The Captive Reader; I’m regularly euphoric when reading about an unknown author on this blog because I’m certain I would like it – she’s choosing well. And, the pictures of home libraries are a great bonus.
- A Reader’s Footprints; a blog I’ve discovered recently, a cheerful collage of quotes, excerptions, book-shopping reports and thoughts on books read.
- The Matilda Project; thanks to it I know which bookshops to look for if, one day, I find myself in London. She has a great way to intertwine her thinking on all sorts of book-world related issues in her bookshop tours.
And, at last, the 11 questions for the nominated bloggers should they decide to participate:
- Name a piece of literature you consider the best you’ve read so far?
- What are the characteristics of your dream home library?
- What are your favorite places for buying books?
- Should philosophy be taught from elementary school?
- What does it mean to be wise? / What is wisdom?
- Which literary character feels like a real person to you (as a long known friend, an acquaintance maybe)? Is there any?
- Quote one of the passages (from any book of your choice, of course) you had to stop by to reread, to note down or ponder upon?
- Best movie based on a book?
- What is the thing that fascinates you the most?
- Suppose you live in several houses. Is there a book you would want to have in every one of them?
- Would you accept the invitation to the Mad Hatter Tea Party?