Book Tagging: Say What?

Saturday, June 18, 2005
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What the heck does it mean to be book tagged? Now I know ‘cuz I’ve been “book-tagged” by the irrepressible Claire Wolfe. See her rundown here. Essentially, when someone book-tags you, ya gotta do the standard rundown as Claire presents it. Now Claire was book-tagged by Wally Conger, who also has a rundown. My first response was, “Oh, I don’t have time.” But, a lazy evening and a fried-out lower back leaves me with a little leisure time, with me being too lazy to do any real thinking. Besides, this is kind of a fun idea. I also got tagged by Matthew Bryan, James Leroy Wilson, and Mike Tuggle. But Claire was first. So here it goes……..

Total number of books I’ve owned:

Oh my. Lots. Right now? Maybe 1,000? And that means worthy ones, not garage sale material. My study is what people refer to as the “most organized mess in the history of the world.” The room is about 8×11, and holds all of these books; a computer hutch with all computer equipment (huge subwoofer, speakers, massive monitor, router, modem, USB portal, external hard drive, cradles for everything, scanner, prineter, etc.); a professional-grade “Hon” filing cabinet; a 13″ tv on an oak stand; my 3×4 art/drafting table; more than one radio; candles galore (my Dad calls it the “seance thing”); several pieces of drawer-type furniture that hold, well, “stuff”; a shredder; and other assorted items not to be disclosed.

Many books are on bookshelves. When I ran out of bookshelf space, the floor came in handy. But it all looks so neatly done, I admit. Problems arise when my dogs cruise throught the room, wag their tails, and tumble a pile of books 25-high.

Last book(s) I bought:

John Perkins: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and iPod and iTunes for Dummies.

Last book I read:

Hmmm. For a grad class (Seminar in Austrian Economics), I re-read Peter Boettke’s The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics. Books I am reading now are “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization” by Tom Woods, and “A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs, and the Belgianisation of Europe” by Paul Belian, two books that I plan to review.

Five books that mean a lot to me:

Like Claire, I’m not going to go right to the obvious, ideological stuff. I am going to mix things up a bit here.

1) The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic. This is one of my bibles. I saw his movie Pumping Iron as a young teenager, became fascinated with strength training/bodybuilding, went to my friend Rob’s house, where we played around with his dime-store weight set, and I never broke the habit. To Arnold I am forever thankful.

2) The Saggy Baggy Elephant. I have had this book since forever. It’s one of those “Little Golden Books,” and it was about this poor, little, mocked elephant with baggy skin. It marked the beginnings of my love affair with furry friends (and assorted animals).

3)Tragedy and Hope. This book opened my eyes to the reality of world politics. Thanks to Mark Scott, I was turned on to this book in my green years.

4) H.L. Mencken’s On Politics. When I read this man I knew I was sane. More sane than the rest.

5) Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 (also, the updated, revised edition). A post-1955 music bible.

I’m not stopping at five; here’s one more:

6) The Holy Bible. How about my Ignatius version of The Holy Bible?

Tag five [seven] people and have them do this on their blogs (or the Lew blog):

Lew Rockwell
Stephan Kinsella
Jeffrey Tucker
Butler Shaffer
Tom Woods
Tom DiLorenzo
Anthony Gregory

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