1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
Actually, I read everything and always have; all sorts of things by all sorts of authors. As a child and in my teenaged years I constantly had my nose in a book, without regard to what was ‘suitable for my age’. While I read, I would be totally oblivious to my surroundings and what was going on around me. I’d be reading as I got dressed for school, reading on the way to school, reading after school and reading in bed with a torch under the blanket so Mum didn’t know.
These days, I don’t read as much (which is not to say that I do not read a good deal everyday), but I have found that my concentration has been affected by my depression. On my more depressed, less able to concentrate days I find I read good quality science fiction or fantasy which I quite enjoy. On the days I read whatever strikes my fancy.
2. What is your favorite novel?
That’s a hard one. There are so many novels that have struck a chord with me over the years. I don’t think I could pick just one. Some novels are like old friends; I revisit them again and again, and always find something new in them.
3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
I have many, but I have always loved Dorothy Parker’s acerbic wit. This poem has had particular resonance for me over the last couple of years:
Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
4. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
I don’t think I will ever read everything that is on my ‘must read’ list; as one item comes off it, another 3 or 4 go on.
5. What are you currently reading?
A ‘popular science’ book called The Seven Daughters of Eve. It is written by a geneticist who has contends that most of the European population descend from one of 7 women whom he calls Clan Mothers, who lived upto 60,000 years ago.