Every once in a while I get an email (usually from my lovely wife) that asks a bunch of fun little questions (my favorite food, etc.). I tend to find such quizzes silly and I always wish I was as witty and quick as my friends who twist every one of their answers into some hilarious (though often crass) pun. What I really don’t like about these emails is that the questions are rather mundane and don’t really tell you much about a person. I have decided, therefore, to create my very own 10 question quiz designed to tell you something about me. I’m not emailing this to anyone, but my readers are welcome to publish their own answers to these 10 questions (or any 10 questions really) on their own blogs or in the comments. Off we go.
1. Who is your favorite existentialist philosopher?
Soren Kierkegaard. I should provide the caveat that I haven’t read an awful lot of what people call existentialist philosophy, but I’ve read Kierkegaard and he is often considered the father (or perhaps grand-father) of all existentialist philosophy. Nietzsche gets similar credit at times, but I’ve read him too and tend to think he’s something of an evil bastard, so Kierkegaard wins. For the record I’ve also read some Heidegger and like most people I’m just proud to have understood most of the sentences.
2. What is your favorite literary guilty pleasure?
Harry Potter. I know these books are intended as children’s literature, but I love them. These are some of my very favorite books in recent years and the fact that they’re a little cotton-candy just makes them more fun to read again and again. I also tend to think that Rowling hits some pretty deep and important themes in her work. See my GAHP post below.
3. What is your favorite Clint Eastwood movie?
Unforgiven. This is, quite simply, the ultimate western.
4. Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?
Neville Longbottom. If I ever get to posting more of my GAHP series you’ll get to know why. If not it will remain a mystery forever.
5. What are your hobbies?
I like to cook, I like to read and I like to write. For the time being these are all hobbies, though if I have my way they will all, someday, be things I get paid to do.
6. What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. I’m actually still reading this book and I simply can’t put into words what a wonderful writer Dillard is. This book is pure brilliance and everyone should read it.
7. What is your favorite blog?
Slacktivist. I’ve plugged Fred Clark’s blog quite a few times before and I’m sure I’ll do it quite a few times in the future. He is a magnificent op-ed writer, a very talented amateur theologian and his brilliant and scathing critiques of pre-millenial dispensationalism and the Left Behind books should be mandatory reading at every Bible College in North America.
8. What is the worst book you’ve ever read?
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This book was awful. The prose was awful, the plot was awful, the characters were awful, and the pseudo-history was simply laughable. Though I am against all book burning in principle this literary turd may just be exception-worthy.
9. Who is your favorite British Science-Fiction author/humorist?
Douglas Adams. Everybody should read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and the Dirk Gently series. If you haven’t read them yet go out and read them now. I have only one warning: read these books alone. If you don’t you’ll feel like a tool for inexplicably laughing out loud every ten minutes or so.
10. Who is your favorite person in the world?
My wife, Jinny. She is beautiful, loving, brilliant, fun, kind, responsible and (not at all surprisingly) a damn good mommy. I should note that my little boy, Liam, runs an unbelievably tight second to his mommy in this race.