Introducing… Rory!

Favorite Book Genre(s):

Psychological Fiction, Satire, Classics

Least Favorite Book Genre(s):

High Fantasy

Five Favorite Books of all Time:

Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse

The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann

The Castle, by Franz Kafka

The Physicists, by Friedrich Durrenmatt

The Devil’s Elixirs, by E.T.A. Hoffman

Three Least Favorite Books of all Time:

Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

… and every other book ever written by Charles Dickens

Favorite Author(s):

Gunter Grass and Thomas Mann

Favorite Literary Quote:

“What our age needs, what it demands, what it will create for itself, is: terror.'”Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

I remain restless and dissatisfied: what I knot with my right hand, I undo with my left; what my left hand creates, my right fist shatters. ”  –  Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum

Coffee or Tea:

Coffee.

Hobbies:

Mostly traveling.  In summer I like hiking and swimming.  In winter I ski.

If you could interview any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Charles Dickens.  Because no literary work has ever bored me so much as any one of his, and from what I have read about his life he also seems to have been a real sh**.  I would like to dig him up to discuss his marketing strategies and determine how he became so very popular.  And then I want to hit him over the head with the shovel no less than four times.

A Lil’ Something Extra:

A few of my favorite words: Kopfkino, Ahnungslosigkeit, and Erbsenzahler.  A few of my least favorite words:  yolk, squirrel, and moist.

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