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ONBC Birthday Question #3 - Last List - maybe

Unread postby Liz » Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:00 pm

I've got another list question for you. And this will be the final question of the day (not counting the Monday Night Thread):

List your favorites here—one per category:

1. Favorite Passage or Quote from a Book
2. Favorite Discussion
3. Favorite Author
4. Favorite Tidbit or Set of Tidbits
5. Favorite Book
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Unread postby bluebird » Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:10 pm

Liz!!!!!!
How am I supposed to get any quality work done today???
All I'm thinking about are lists, lists, lists!!
:parrot:
Must think before I submit my lists!

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Unread postby Liz » Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:31 pm

I'm not getting any work done either, Bluebird. And I don't have my answers yet either. Off to go tally lists. :hypnotic: :-)
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Unread postby Theresa » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:03 pm

This one is pretty easy for me -- I've only been in three book discussions!

1. Passage -- "A man must love his bear." from Shantaram. Don't know exactly why, but that line has stuck with me.

2. Discussion -- Shantaram

3. Author -- Gregory David Roberts

4. Tidbit -- I bet you though I was going to say Shantaram, it's beginning to look like a one-answer list for me. But I'm going to have to have a tie with this one -- I really enjoyed the 60's flashback tidbits for FALILV and the early Hollywood tidbits for I,F.

5. Book -- Shantaram

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Unread postby KYwoman » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:14 pm

Oh dear, more lists....

1. Passages/Quotes: My favorite quotes/passages come from F&L. Altho some of the most vivid writing comes from Shantaram and Perfume.

2. Discussion: I really enjoyed Shantaram.

3. Author: HST and GDR, altho Stephen King is a personal longtime fave of mine. Robbins is a new fave of mine.

4. Tidbits: learned alot from Shataram (culture/place I knew little about). Enjoyed going down memory lane with F&L

5. Fav. Book: each one had it's own special place, but Shantaram was up there. For pure fun, I laughed out loud with FIHFHC.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:14 pm

Who's brilliant idea was this? :razz: This is too hard!!!! :banghead:

Okay...
Favorite passage: The prologue to The Time of Your Life

Favorite Discussion: Shantaram

Favorite Author: Robbins/Hunter

Favorite Tidbit: F&LILV (because I was reliving my youth!)
TL and Shantaram (because I learned SO much!)

Favorite Book - Shantaram/Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

But I could change my mind at any given time! :lol:
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Unread postby fansmom » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:23 pm

Passage: the prologue to Time of Your Life (but I found the play itself a bit disappointing)

Discussion: SWSG, because it proved that we could be serious about the ONBC

Author: Dahl

Tidbit: they're all good, but the Barrie discussion was special because of the interaction with the author

Book: The Libertine. I would never have found it on my own, and I found it very moving.

No consistency here, huh? Five answers, five different books. :blush:

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Unread postby bluebird » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:23 pm

I apologize in advance for this. Can't make decisions today. :-/

If ever there was a need for cloning, this is the time.
Maybe I’ll just split myself in half... :blush:

Blue's list ~~
1. Favorite Passage or Quote from a Book ~~
“We were somewhere around Barstow at the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” Or The Wave section
2. Favorite Discussion ~~ Back in Time, parts 1 and 2, F&LILV
3. Favorite Author ~~ Hunter S. Thompson
4. Favorite Tidbit or Set of Tidbits ~~ all of it from F&LILV -- great stuff
5. Favorite Book ~~ (surprise!!) F&LILV

Bird's list ~~
1. Favorite Passage or Quote from a Book ~~
“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love; the passionate search for a truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.” Or “A man must love his bear.” Or the first page. Shantaram
2. Favorite Discussion ~~ Shantaram -- the (as DITHOT called it) “mental calisthetics” of critiquing Shantaram and the “virtue vs. honour” tidbit. I loved it when Captain Jack Sparrow was brought into the discussion!!!
3. Favorite Author ~~ Gregory David Roberts (can’t wait for the movie and for his next book)
4. Favorite Tidbit or Set of Tidbits ~~ the Standing Babas and the plethora of food info. I could eat some naan and dahl right now.
5. Favorite Book ~~ (tada!!) Shantaram

Dang, just read DITHOT's answer....need to add prologue of The Time of Your Life.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:06 pm

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A definite highlight for me too, fansmom! :bounce:
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Unread postby Veronica » Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:12 pm

I've got another list question for you. And this will be the final question of the day (not counting the Monday Night Thread):

List your favorites here—one per category:

1. Favorite Passage or Quote from a Book
2. Favorite Discussion
3. Favorite Author
4. Favorite Tidbit or Set of Tidbits
5. Favorite Book


1. I know I could write pages of favorites from every book. This one stuck out at me & I have it written down.

It's forgiveness that makes us what we are. Without forgiveness, our species wouldve annihilated itself in endless retributions. Without forgiveness, there would be no history. Without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. Without that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forgive. We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive...~Greg Roberts

2. I love them all because each one has made me discover something within myself. Fear & Loathing stands out to me now because it came at a time when we were all grieving together for a special man.

3. Hunter is one of a kind. I would have to say Hunter but Greg & Robbins come in at a close second. They are all very different writters so its hard to say one is better than the other.

4. definately enjoyed the 60s tidbits as well as On the road. we had some great tidbits duriong that discussion too.

5. I am going to have to say Shantaram because it made me feel so many different emotions.
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Unread postby kristen » Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:12 pm

I haven't participated all that much over the past two years, as I'm relatively new to the ONBC -- but I realized I could answer these questions pretty easily:


1. Favorite Passage or Quote:
The quintessential line from On the Road, I suppose: "...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars ... " However, the first line that popped into my head from Kerouac was this one from Big Sur (not a book discussed on ONBC ... but I can't help it, I love it -- I used this as my quote in my senior write-up in the yearbook, too) : "Something good will come out of all things yet - And it will be golden and eternal, just like that."

Also, pretty much anything from Fear and Loathing - especially describing the cops convention while on mescaline :eyebrow: - had me cracking up quite a bit. :rotflmao:

And also the prologue for In the Time of Your Life :angel: :rolleyes: I know, I'm a bit indecisive, but they all rank right up there together . :cloud9:


2. Favorite Discussion:
I suppose my favorite would be Shantaram. Probably because this was the first one where I was around for all of the tidbits and all of the questions - and I was still able to answer a lot of them even having not read the book. It was an enlightening discussion, and I think everyone shared really interesting and deep thoughts.
I also very much enjoyed the Desiderata discussion. Again, it's one of the very few I've really participated in, so it would obviously rank among my favorites - but I had never read the poem before, and I thought that was the perfect setting, to be able to read it for the first time and share all my thoughts, too. Now, whenever I read it, I think of that discussion and all the great ideas and feelings that were shared from you ladies during that one. :cloud9:


3. Favorite Author:
It's gotta be Kerouac :blush: But Hunter comes in close second :cool:

4. Favorite Tidbits:
The Fear and Loathing tidbits were fun - probably even more so for those who were alive during the era and lived through all of those great trends and events you revisited - but I thought it was pretty interesting and funny just to watch all of ya'll reliving the 60's and 70's again :hypnotic: :disco:

5. Favorite Book:
A toughie -- but either On the Road or Fear and Loathing - two of my favorite books in general anyway, but now I just realized that those are the only two ONBC books that I've read :lol: :blush:

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Unread postby luvdepp » Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:15 pm

More lists! I love lists!

Favorite Passage
The last paragraph of Shantaram is the first thing that comes to mind. I love it so much.
For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love; the passionate search for a truth other than our own. With longing; the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.

Of course the opening paragraph from F&L and the Wave Speech are favorites, along with lots of passages from FIHFHC.

Favorite discussion
Shantaram. Incredibly interesting and thought provoking questions and answers every day of that discussion.

Favorite Author
That's a hard one to answer. I love both Tom Robbins and Hunter. Sorry, I can't choose.

Favorite Tidbits
It would have to be all the 60's tidbits for F&LILV. That was so fun!

Favorite Book
Another hard one. Although I love the Robbins and HST books, I have to say Shantaram. That one affected me more profoundly than any book I've read in a very long time.
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Unread postby Gypsylee » Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:37 pm

So sorry.........this question requires too much thinking and I am short of RAM as of late.

I do know my fav book is Shantaram though. Read that baby twice!

OH OH OH, I LIED.........I have another answer. Favorite author is HUNTER!!!
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:01 am

You must have loved that book to read it twice--as long as it was, Gypsylee.

:mort3: Blue and Bird, I have to give you two credit for your creativity in answering this question. :lol:

This question is way too hard! Who thought up this question? :-?

Here goes:



Passage:

The Wave

Discussion:

Shantaram

Author:

Can't decide: Tom Robbins or Hunter

Tidbits:

It's a tie: On the Road and F&LILV. They were both similar in their tidbits and I did tours for both that I enjoyed immensely. I loved learning about the Beats, but also enjoyed reminiscing about the 60's. I loved learning about India, too, though. So Shantaram is the first runner up.

Book:

Shantaram


It looks like I'm all over the place too.
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Unread postby shame_about_rasins » Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:58 am

Oh gosh, reading those makes me feel sad i missed out on the Shantaram.
Which brings be back to question 1, maybe we should re-disscuss books.
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