31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I have strange moments of guilt about it, especially if I know the author is trying to make a name for his or herself. I try to be distinguish between a book that just isn't my thing from a book that is truly bad. If it is bad enough that I don't finish, I don't review it. I delete it from my list and it disappears into the abyss. After all, I'm not the reviewer on Requires Only That You Hate, but I do enjoy reading those reviews!
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
German, since half of published music research is written in it.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
by James Joyce.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
by David Foster Wallace. I picked it up and carried it around for a while the other day, and read the first few pages. I'm just not ready!!
35. Favorite Poet?
Gulp, favorite? Sara Teasdale? Ted Roethke? Mark Strand? T. S. Eliot? No idea. I love poetry.
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
10 between my many libraries.
37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Often. I'm always trying to get new books and 14 day check out periods with no renewals means that if I get busy, a book doesn't get read. I had to return The Information
without even cracking it open.
38. Favorite fictional character?
I always like the too-smart-for-their-own-good young women, like Anne of Green Gables, Meg from A Wrinkle in Time, or Harriet the Spy.
39. Favorite fictional villain?
The house in House of Leaves
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Ever since the ill-fated vacation of oppressive fog, where the cruise ship was trapped in the port for three days, I always bring twice as many books as I think I can read. I like to try to read books set where I'm traveling. Sometimes I'll intentionally bring books that I don't mind if I just leave somewhere along the way - the plane, a bench, the hotel.