1) What author do you own the most books by?
I am not at home to check, but I'd wager it's Graham Greene.2) What book do you own the most copies of?
I am not a collector, but I have both teaching copies and non-teaching copies of some books.3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Yes.4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Mr. Rochester (and I kind of hate myself for it).5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Moo, Ba, La La La by Sandra Boynton
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Black Beauty (?)7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
This is going to be an unpopular answer, but probably The Book of Negroes. It's not that it's bad, just overrated and a bit obvious.
8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
That's too hard! I read so many wonderful books! Umm . . . I loved and was moved by the last two I read, A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore and Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
I agree with Intertext that The Road is a must-read, but I am also considering All the Names. Both books plead for the value of our humanity but in quite different ways.10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Wow, my knowledge of worldlit is too weak to allow for pronouncements. Perhaps J.M. Coetzee or Adrienne Rich? Anyway, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy, so I am probably missing many likely candidates.11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Paradise Lost. A decent version of The Great Gatsby would also be, well, great.12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The Things They Carried.
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I once dreamed that I was sleeping under a stone table in the kitchen of Dracula's castle.
14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
The Terror by Dan Simmons
15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Gravity's Rainbow16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
I haven't seen any really obscure ones. The closest would be A Winter's Tale .17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French18) Roth or Updike?
Roth19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Eggers20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare21) Austen or Eliot?
22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Chaucer23) What is your favorite novel?
Are you trying to give me an aneurysm? Jane Eyre for sentimental reasons. Cloud Atlas for sheer fun. Ulysses for talent and capaciousness. The Things They Carried for emotional punch. The Bell Jar for being so much more than a neurotic poet's self-indulgence. And a thousand more.24) Play?
Macbeth or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.25) Poem?
Seriously, an aneurysm? This is way too hard. Titles are springing to mind faster than rain falls in the temperate rainforest in November. I cannot choose. I will not.26) Essay?
"Authority and American Usage" by David Foster Wallace. Or anything by George Orwell.27) Short story?
How silly to pick one! A couple of attempts: "The Dead" (Joyce) or "Bartleby the Scrivener" (Melville) because they keep on giving something new. All of William Trevor, Alice Munro, and Mavis Gallant.28) Work of nonfiction?
The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols29) Who is your favorite writer?
Wow, hard one. Unfair really. Not on.30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Intertext is right about Maya Angelou, but I might also add Dan Brown. I say that without reading him, naturally.
31) What is your desert island book?
The Broadview Anthology of Poetry.32) And… what are you reading right now?
The Plague by Albert Camus