2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
My interviewer is plantgirl.
1. What's the primary reason you choose a book to read?
I pick up a book because I think it will be engaging. Normally, this means fiction that will transport me into a story for awhile, but sometimes non-fiction will do the trick. I tend to read nonfiction of only a few types -- some science, some politics, some women's studies, that's about it, although I've been more drawn to the idea of travel writing lately. In fiction, I'll try almost anything that comes recommended. I tend to go by recommendations (both personal and reviews) and by authors. (Hey madlori, I recently finished The Shadow of the Wind, which I believe you reviewed quite strongly awhile ago, and was most impressed by it. So thanks!) At the moment, I'm reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, an account of his travels along the Appalachian Trail. I chose it because looked like fun and because I've liked other works by the author (I've never read his travel writing but I really enjoyed his books on language).
2. Which of your character traits best helps you handle adversity?
If this were a job interview, I would say persistence and flexibility. I'll shift gears as necessary, but if I need an answer from someone, I will dig in until I get it. But if the question is about my personal life, I'm afraid that I don't really handle true adversity all that well -- I get pretty paralyzed when things go seriously wrong. I lean pretty hard on my friends and family ("family" meaning mostly T) in those situations. So maybe the real answer is "my ability to form strong friendships"!
3. Would you live in another country? If not, why not? If so, what are your top 3 choices?
Not that I've traveled abroad that much (three trips, half a dozen countries if you count everywhere we went on our cruise), but the only time I've visited a foreign city and thought "Wow, it would be cool to live here" was in London. I was only there for a day and a half, but I got a really great vibe off the place. (For what it's worth, T had much the same feeling about Tokyo.) I liked Paris and Kyoto a lot, too, but I'd be really nervous about living in a place where I didn't speak the language (although I imagine I'd pick up basic French quickly enough). I think it's really unlikely to ever happen, though, because T and I are both so attached to the Bay Area. T especially -- the list of other places that he would be willing to live is quite short. When I was younger, I often fantasized about living in another country for a year or two, but I think that's a youthful dream that's likely to remain unrealized. That's okay, though, because my other youthful dream was to live in San Francisco. And here I am.
4. You are in charge of selecting books for a high school curriculum. What books are appropriate to include?
Go back to that banned books list -- pretty much everything on there. (Except I have no use for James Joyce, but I guess that's just me, given that English teachers keep assigning him. Portrait of the Artist... was the first book that I was ever assigned for a class that I picked up, read one chapter, and put back down.)
5. Should libraries keep track of which books their users have previously checked out?
Before the Patriot Act, I would have said yes. It's a useful way to track usage patterns, and public libraries could use the data for recommendation services. But now that such information can be handed over to the FBI without a warrant, I think they should only keep it in aggregate (track how much a certain book circulates, but not who checked it out or how long they kept it). It's unfortunate that a bad law wrecks such a benign practice.
And, a bonus question, with nods to Anthony Bourdain and his worst job interview ever...
6. What do you know about meat?
Well, I know you're from Portland, and that you're a student at CSU Monterey Bay, and that you like plants...
Oh, you asked about meAT! ;) (Good thing this is the book I'm listening to in the car right now, I would not have understood the reference a month ago.)
Mmm, meat. Buy it fresh, from a good provider (I like Whole Foods when I have a little money to throw around). If you're cooking up slabs (like steak or pork chops), cook it undisturbed on each side for at least a minute to form a delicious crust. A nonstick pan will clean more easily and is essential for stir-fry, but otherwise use a traditional pan for better crusting and to have fond left over for a yummy sauce. Roasts are good if you can manage a hot finish (cook it at a low temperature for most of the time, then turn up the oven *really* high for the last few minutes to make that fabulous crust -- have I been watching too much America's Test Kitchen?) Unfortunately, we can't do that part because it creates a lot of smoke, and we have a terrible kitchen ventilation system and a fussy and badly placed smoke detector.