Paul from Flown To The Roll tagged me for this meme, which seems to be sweeping the MOB.
Total number of books owned, ever: Shelves, boxes, crates and piles of them. They're everywhere.
Last book I bought: I replaced a long-lost copy of Modern Times by Paul Johnson, actually..
Last book I read: The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham. It's a very detailed social and military history of a war with some interesting parallels with Iraq.
Five Books that mean a lot to me:
Modern Times and
The Gulag Archipelago - Both played a key role in my becoming a conservative.
Crime and Punishment - Not just a crime scene and a good detective story, but an amazing commentary on the human condition, sin and redemption. A dire, dingy tale capped with immense joy. Hard to describe my love for this book.
Parliament of Whores - While reading Andrew Sullivan showed me what a blog was, I think it was P.J. O'Rourkes classic snarky screed about government - perhaps the best primer to libertarian-conservative politics out there, more accessible than Hayek, less BS than Ayn Rand - that has always been my inspiration as an amateur conservative pundit.
And the original Hitchhiker's Guide - no book has ever been such an escapist joy.
Not the most academic of lists, but what are you gonna do?
OK, who to tag? Practically everyone's been tagged so far...
Saint Kate from the MAWB Squad.
Dementee from Kool Aid Report
Wog from Wog's Blog
James Phillips from Infinite Monkeys
And let's step outside the MOB for...
Miss O'Hara (and I'll just cross my fingers and hope she reads this...)
(I'd tag Sheila, but it'd be redundant - 80% of her blog is on the subject anyway...Posted by Mitch at June 22, 2005 06:53 AM | TrackBack