As promised, MOTEV responds to the meme that's been making the rounds. After the gymnastics of trying to explain a meme to her, along with the usual protestations ("How can you do these things to me?"), we pried the following answers out of her. Herewith, MOTEV's meme debut"
One book that changed your life.
MOTEV: Oh boy. I don’t think there is a book that really changed my life. There were too many things happening in our lives that changed us.
One book that you’ve read more than once.
MOTEV: Hmm. The Magic Mountain. Because when you read it when you are too young, I don’t think you get it. And since everybody talks about it you feel later that you have to read it because you probably didn’t get it. And then you read it again. And you get it. Or you think you get it. And when you think you get it, a couple of years later you realize that maybe you didn’t get it all. So, I read it again.
One book you’d want on a desert island.
MOTEV: The Bible. It has the most stories in it!
One book that made you laugh.
MOTEV: Oh well, that’s a Hungarian book that I read a long, long time ago and I almost got kicked out of a class in college because I was reading it under the desk and I laughed out loud, but nothing in the lecture was conducive to laughing out loud. It’s not available in English but it’s called The 14-Karat Car. I don’t remember the author.
One book that made you cry.
MOTEV: Isabel Allende’s Of Love and Shadows. Very gut-wrenching and very sad comment on life and history and the ironies of politics. Very true.
One book that you wish had been written.
MOTEV: What do you mean?
TEV: Just what it says. A book that doesn’t exist that you wish had been written.
MOTEV: Well it might be written for all I know! Mark ... Let me think. I don’t know. I can’t come up with anything – there are so many books that have been written that I think some of them should not have been written. It’s 86 degrees and it’s before dinner. I’m not up to this. One should think about this.
One book that you wish had never been written.
MOTEV: I’m sure there is one but right now I can’t think of it. Can I come back later?
One book you’re currently reading.
MOTEV: Yours. You’ll be relieved to know that’s not that the one I wish hadn’t been written.
One book you’ve been meaning to read.
MOTEV: Absurdistan. The title sums up the state of the world today. And I like his style. He really has a feel for the absurd in the world and can express it.