Marian over at Classics Considered just posted a survey, and I figured — why not?
If you go back and read one book for the first time again, which would it be?
Probably the first Wodehouse novel I read, just for experiencing that language for the first time.
Do you eat ice cream, and if so, what is your favorite flavor?
Ice cream is too delicious a treat to indulge in too much. My favorite kind of ice cream treat is vanilla with a chocolate ‘shell’: think Klondike bars!
What was the most memorable event or concert you ever attended?
I hate crowds and loud noises, so I’ve never been to a ‘traditional’ concert. I have attended smaller musical performances, like chamber music recitations, but the most memorable performance I’ve ever attended was Bobby Horton’s celebration of Alabamian folk music back in December 2019. I’ve been listening to his music since the nineties, and it inspired my college senior thesis. Meeting him was an absolute joy! Horton has released many ‘homespun’ collections of folk music, chiefly from the Civil War years but throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. They’re home-spun because he does all of the vocals and instrumentation separately, and then combines them. I’m embedding a favorite, “The Rose of Alabama”, below. He’s done numerous Union and Confederate collections, Songs of the 19th century, Songs of Faith, and Songs of the Revolution.
What do you like best about yourself?
I’ve never lost the universal curiosity of childhood that I fear many adults have.
Is there a book you would never, ever read?
Fifty Shades of Gray. Not happening.
Second-best way to spend a rainy day? (Reading is the best, right?)
Breaking my record for pots of coffee consumed while listening to music and..probably playing a PC game, if I’m honest.
Cats or dogs?
Oh, easy. Dogs. They’re smelly, noisy, and an all around mess — but they’re pals. Cats have their pleasures, but dogs are easier to get along with in general.
Best pizza topping combo?
I’m partial to pepperoni, green peppers, and olives. Quite boring.
If you could recommend one fictional book, what would it be?
Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry. It’s only my absolute favorite novel.
Earliest reading memory?
Lying in bed with my father, listening to him read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer aloud.
What’s something you’re looking forward to this year?
Spring…and that’s really about it. 2020 has disabused me of the habit of hoping for much. Flowers, though, those I can count on. Especially the Cahaba lilies…