Archive for March 2, 2010

Tuesday Quiz — and Confession

I enjoy reading both Kelli and January’s confessions every Tuesday, but never tried such a post of my own.  I discovered these interview questions in a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly (and they sounded like fun), so here we go: my version of a confessional post through a quiz.

1.   Q: What classic have you never read?  A: Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage.  I love Crane’s poetry, and I did significant research regarding class issues in Crane’s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, but I have never read his Civil War novel.

2.  Q: How about that classic that you’ve never read but pretended you did?  A:  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  When I was an undergrad I took this great class titled Formative Masterpieces and Moby Dick was on the reading list.  I loved the class, but could not get through this whale of a book! (Sorry, Dr. Blevins).  However, years later I did read a book titled In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.  This work of nonfiction was based on the true story behind Melville’s white whale.  And this book was fascinating.

3.  Q: Which author would you really like to meet?  That’s easy.  Tawni O’Dell.  I love her work about rural Pennsylvania.  And I just visited her website to find out she has a new book out.  I once dropped her a fan letter via email; she never responded.  She probably thought I was some sort of Internet stalker.

As for poets?  That’s another easy answer.  Paula Bohince.  However, Paula and I have already kinda met via email.  Still, I would love to sit down, do lunch, and chat poetry and Pennsylvania.

So there you have it!  Do you have responses to these questions?  Feel free to post them here or on your own blog.