Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Two Memes For The Price Of One

Meme 1:

1. Favorite Beatles song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
2. Favorite Rolling Stones song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
3. Favorite Beck song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
4. Favorite Bob Dylan song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
5. Favorite Wilco song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
6. TV Theme Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
7. Favorite Prince Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
8. Favorite Aimee Mann Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
9. Favorite Michael Jackson Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
10. Favorite Stevie Wonder Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
11. Favorite Metallica Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
12. Favorite Black Sabbath Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
13. Favorite Public Enemy Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
14. Favorite Tom Petty Song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
15. Favorite Bruce Springsteen song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
16. Favorite Talking Heads song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
17. Favorite Cure song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
18. Favorite song that most of your friends haven't heard: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
19. Favorite Replacements song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
20. Favorite Beastie Boys song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
21. Favorite Clash song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
22. Favorite Police song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
23. Favorite Eurythmics song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
24. Favorite Beach Boys song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
25. Favorite Sly & the Family Stone song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
26. Favorite song from a movie: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
27. Favorite Duran Duran song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
28. Favorite R.E.M. song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
29. Favorite Johnny Cash song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
30. Favorite song from an 80's one hit wonder: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
31. Favorite song from a video game: : "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
32. Favorite Kinks song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
33. Favorite David Bowie song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
34. Favorite Tom Waits song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
35. Favorite Loretta Lynn song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
36. Favorite New Pornographers song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
37. Favorite Peter Gabriel song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
38. Favorite John Lennon song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
39. Favorite Midnight Oil song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
40. Favorite cover song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
41. Favorite White Stripes: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
42. Favorite dance song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
43. Favorite U2 song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
44. Favorite song from an actor turned musician: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
45. Favorite disco song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
46. Favorite Power Ballad: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
47. Favorite Guns N' Roses song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
48. Favorite The Who song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
49. Favorite Elton John song: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges
50. Favorite song, period: "T.V. Eye" by The Stooges

What? What?!

OK, OK, if you want a meme done seriously...

Meme 2:

1. One book that changed your life?

Every book I read has changed my life. Before: hadn't read it. After: had read it.

Yeah, I know. You want a singular example that gave me some flouncy hand-on-forehead moment of apotheosis, that made me cry out, Why, my life shall never be the same, for my worldview has been transformed!

*sigh*

OK, then...

The Borribles, by Michael de Larrabeiti. The book which sparked the flame of my passion for strange-ass fiction when I came across it in the local library as a kid. Suddenly mine eyes were open. Except they weren't, on account of me being a kid, and not having a clue that this was, like, the first fix that would make me a life-long addict.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Eclogues, by Guy Davenport. I've reread shitloads of books, but I keep returning to this one, because there's always more to get... and because it's a collection of short stories, so you don't have to reread it *all*. I've lost count of the number of times I've read "Idyll".

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

The Complete Works of Wallace Stevens. I could read that forever, for pretty much the same reasons I reread Davenport. In fact, I would have said Davenport, but there's no Complete Works of his been done, and if we were including non-existent books here... well, see answer 6.

4. One book that made you laugh?

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, et al. -- none of those guys actually make me laugh out loud. I like my humour as black as my coffee.

5. One book that made you cry?

Runts of 61 Cygni-C, by whoever the hell it was wrote it. I laughed so much at the nipple-measuring scene, I nearly wet myself too. I don't think any book has actually made me cry in empathy; I just don't get that caught up. The nearest I've ever come to it is with Edward Whittemore's Jerusalem Quartet (which book it's in I can't remember) in the scene where Stern talks Maud out of suicide; that's probably the most affecting thing I've ever read.

6. One book you wish had been written?

The Book of All Hours (which contains every book ever written and every book never written... hah!), which I could then take with me to the desert island and have both Davenport and Stevens. Indeed, I'd have an infinite supply of reading, cheat that I am.

7. One book you wish had never been written?

Mein Kampf. Nuff said.

8. One book you are currently reading?

Feeling Very Strange, edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Don Quixote. It's just too fucking big.

10. Tag five people:

No. Fuck off. Memes are fine but I don't foist them on others.

13 Comments:

Blogger zornhau said...

"7. One book you wish had never been written?

Mein Kampf. Nuff said."

Better yet, wish that it had been more widely read, e.g. by certain British politicians who though they could do business with the Nazis.

5:13 pm  
Blogger Jim Steel said...

And have ya bought the Funhouse double cd reissue yet? Have ya? Betcha haven't. Damned lightweight.

I've also since read a bit more of The Runts Of 62 Cygni-C. It's only the humans who have nipples. the naked one eyed runts don't have breasts. I bet the marketing department sent back the first version of the cover and told the artist to stick breasts on these midget things or they were all going to jail.

5:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are you gonna tell us what your favourite Stooges song is then...?

6:38 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I knew I'd left something off that list . . .

10:07 pm  
Blogger gary gibson said...

"The Book of All Hours (which contains every book ever written and every book never written... hah!), which I could then take with me to the desert island and have both Davenport and Stevens. Indeed, I'd have an infinite supply of reading, cheat that I am."

- cool. Fancy taking a quick peek in it, dropping me a line and letting me know how my new book ends? (and no, 'stained with my blood as my lifeless body slumps over the manuscript while the gun slips out of my hand' is not an acceptable answer.)

1:31 am  
Anonymous Steve said...

"The nearest I've ever come to it is with Edward Whittemore's Jerusalem Quartet (which book it's in I can't remember) in the scene where Stern talks Maud out of suicide"

That's in the Sinai Tapestry.

1:37 am  
Blogger Justine Larbalestier said...

Borribles? They're like the best books of all time. Oh how I loves them.

1:57 am  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Jim: I waaaas going to hold off and order it with the new Radio Birdman, but it's on a deal with the expanded debut... so I just ordered it. :P

Anonymous: Just to be thrawn, my favourite Stooges song is: "Open Up And Bleed".

Gary: Shit Blows Up.

Steve: Cheers. I thought it was, but couldn't seem to find it on a quick flick through.

5:55 pm  
Anonymous saffron1982 said...

Rather belated, but whatever, congrats on the Word Fantasy nomination - woo hoo!

6:33 pm  
Blogger Jose said...

I've got the same problem with Don Quijote. But Cervantes also wrote some amazing shorts (my favourite is Dog Soliquoy about a conversation between two dogs in Sevillia).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140442480/104-1976317-4627963?v=glance&n=283155

4:43 pm  
Anonymous Number 6 said...

Dude after several later night talks about Memes with you in diffrent inembrated states. I just like to point out that :-

10. Tag five people:

No. Fuck off. Memes are fine but I don't foist them on others.

But you've falling into the trap and just pushed a meme onto me and I can't get rid of it dam you !!!!!!! :o)

5:16 am  
Anonymous tin439 said...

That was quite a long list! One book that you shouldn't read at all: Nothing...you wouldn't be reading anyway. One book for hopeless romantic ones:" The notebook" by Nicholas sparks.

6:47 am  
Blogger Chinaski said...

Well I always try to pawn this list off to new friends so here it goes. 4 books you need to read to get to know me better: Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick, The Stranger by Camus, Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky.

One book you wish had never been written: The bible

9:24 pm  

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