John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Questionnaire redux, part 1

When I mentioned Junk Food the other day, I went trolling through my archives looking for the last time I'd mentioned that book. It was in a post from 2004 in which I answered a Questionnaire -- we'd call it a meme these days -- I'd seen in a friend's LJ. It's been a while, and some of the answers I was most confident about being right turned out to be wrong, so I thought I'd give it another try.

Name a CD you own that you doubt anyone else on your friends list does.

Last time I said Speed by Alpha Team, but rocknrollgidget had that one, so this time I'll go with His Harp's Desire, a CD of traditional hymns and spirituals arranged for folk harp. The artist is John Kovac, not just in the sense that he arranged and performed the songs, but also in that he made the harp he plays. If I recall, I bought the CD at the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival near Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, where he was exhibiting and selling his instruments.

Name a book you own that you doubt anyone else on your friends list does.

Last time I mentioned Junk Food, but to my shock marinwood also owned a copy. This time I'll mention What the Hell Am I Doing Here?: The 100 T-Shirt Project by Abram Shalom Himelstein. To work through the feelings he had after learning his girlfriend was cheating on him, Himelstein went to various locations around New Orleans with a bunch of plain white T-shirts and markers, told his story, asked people to write honestly what was on their minds on a T-shirt, and then photographed them wearing their shirts. It's like PostSecret, only with shirts. I picked it up at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco as a souvenir of my visit there; I wanted something that I could probably only get at City Lights. Even if someone else has the book, I doubt they have this edition; it's a special first edition signed and numbered by the author. (I have #724 of 2000.)

Whoops, time is fleeting. Have to finish the other two questions tomorrow.
Tags: california: san francisco, music, reading: books, west virginia

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