55 Reading Questions
- 1. Favorite childhood book?
- 2. What are you reading right now?
- 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
- 4. Bad book habit?
- 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
- 6. Do you have an e-reader?
- 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
- 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
- 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
- 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
- 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
- 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
- 13. Can you read on the bus?
- 14. Favorite place to read?
- 15. What is your policy on book lending?
- 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
- 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
- 18. Not even with text books?
- 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
- 20. What makes you love a book?
- 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
- 22. Favorite genre?
- 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
- 24. Favourite biography?
- 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
- 26. Favourite cookbook?
- 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
- 28. Favorite reading snack?
- 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
- 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
- 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
- 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
- 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
- 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
- 35. Favorite Poet?
- 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
- 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
- 38. Favorite fictional character?
- 39. Favourite fictional villain?
- 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
- 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
- 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
- 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
- 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
- 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
- 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
- 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
- 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
- 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
- 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
- 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
- 52. Name a book that made you angry.
- 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
- 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
- 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Whenever I look at the great singer, dancer, actress and producer Aida Overton Walker, I think about how awesome it would be to see someone like Anika Noni Rose or Audra McDonald bring her to life on the stage. Born on Valentine’s Day in 1880 in New York City (some accounts say Richmond, VA, but my source is “Black Women in America,” edited by the foremost historian of black women, Darlene Clark Hine. Ms. Overton Walker changed her name from “Ada” to “Aida” late in her short but storied career, which began in the chorus of Black Patti’s Troubadours, the troupe founded by the one of the first black opera singers, Sissieretta Jones. She was best known for her work with the comedian and singer Bert Williams and her husband George Walker and, upon joining their Williams & Walker act around 1899, she choreographed all of their routines. She won critical acclaim for her solo performances, especially in the 1902 musical “In Dahomey” and sang three of the shows most popular tunes including “Leader of the Colored Aristocracy,” a song written by James Weldon Johnson (one of her most ardent admirers) and the brilliant composer and violinist, Will Marion Cook, expressed the desire of her character’s (Rosetta Lightfoot) desire for more opportunities in life. Ms. Overton Walker is also credited with popularizing the cakewalk, the 19th century dance craze that originated on slave plantations. Keenly aware about stereotypes and how they affected black people, on and offstage addressed members of the black elite who took issue with blacks in show business in a searing 1905 essay for the Colored American entitled “Colored Men and Women on the Stage.” In the essay, she wrote, “Some of our so-called society people regard the Stage as a place to be ashamed of…. In this age we are all fighting the one problem—that is the color problem! I venture to think and dare to state that our profession does more toward the alleviation of color prejudice than any other profession among colored people. The fact of the matter is this, that we come in contact with more white people in a week than other professional colored people in a year and more than some meet in a whole decade.” When her husband became ill around 1908, Ms. Overton Walker donned his costume and performed his routines along with her own until after his death in 1911. Some accounts of her life incorrectly report a decline in her career after the death of Mr. Walker, however, in 1912, she had great success touring the United States in a solo show as “Salome.” The photo here is Ms. Overton Walker in character as Salome, from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Tragically, amidst her very successful career, Aida Overton Walker died at the age of 34 on October 11, 1914, after a brief illness.
I left quite a bit out of this lengthy post, but Ms. Overton Walker is featured prominently in my book, Vintage Black Glamour, which will be published in Spring 2014 by Rocket 88 Books. Please visit the book site and register for updates and pre-order information. http://vintageblackglamourbook.com/
I really want to reblog this text post as a link.
Nothing much, just the first full new Linda Perhacs song in over forty years. Album soon to follow.
I hope whoever reblogged my Wynter Gordon gifs from forever ago today is happy with themselves. I just had to turn off notifications so I can use my phone for literally anything else.
When I first visited my local library in January I itched to clean up and organize the graphic novels, but I stopped myself. “I’m not straightening shelves again until I get paid for it,” I told myself.
I finally put them in order today.
For all the nasty corporate influence, excessive sponsorship deals, gross product placement garbage, and general ‘selling of ones cool’ that is happening right now in the music press, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why one would focus the brunt of those complaints on a handful of young female writers who primarily cover diy punk and indie bands that tend to be feminist or at least female-fronted, while simultaneously playing bro-dad to their male counterparts.
Q:Are there any Broadway composers/lyricists born later than 1929 that you particularly like?
Stephen Sondheim was born in 1930.
Other than that, uh… I guess not.