Thomas, whom I know cyberspacially (indeed, I created the word just to talk about him!), has this irksome habit of not noticing what a thoughtful and kick-ass writer and reader he is.
If the following represents the work of the "flabby-witted and the soft-minded" then please, someone put me out of my sub-moronic misery. Thomas makes me feel like that poor bastard in Flowers for Algernon before the operation (or, even worse, after it had worn off).
Your name: Thomas McIntyre
How did you discover this book? I adore Bachelard (whom I discovered ten years ago after reading a sort of pamphlet by William H. Gass entitled Temple of Texts), whose Poetics of Space profoundly altered my thoughts about the environments we inhabit.
Who is your literary boyfriend or girlfriend? (Could be either a character or an author, and if it’s an author, he or she need not still be alive.) Colette, no question. Of course she would eat me up for breakfast, but she did have a wonderful habit of letting her lovers steal her work. My back up is Rosalind from As You Like It.
What writer do you think should be zapped out of history/existence and their works therefore never written? Paulo Coelho. 'Nuff said.
What's your favourite either unknown or underappreciated book or author? I fear that Stanley Elkin may disappear unless his readership grows. His is a major American voice, as significant as James', Faulkner's, or Hawkes's, that remains sadly unknown. He also brings the funny in a big, hard way. I recommend The Dick Gibson Show, The Living End, or The Franchiser. His book Searches and Seizures features a novella called The Making of Ashenden which is notorious for its bear-fuck scene. Can I say "fuck" on bookphilia.com? [Yes. –Ed.]
Do you buy books or borrow them from the library? Either way, what is your favourite place to get books and why? I covet books, and so must buy them. At Woozles if possible. Because it is just plain fun there.
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