What’s your favorite scary novel for Halloween reading?
I’m currently rereading The Historian which is such a wonderful spin on Dracula that takes you throughout Europe. It is a perfect mix of history, horror, exotic locations, and fairly good characters.
House of Leaves is another one that I am usually in the mood to read when the weather starts to get chilly. I have read it two or three times but I can’t remember the second half of the book for the life of me. It may be a book that collapses under its own weight but the first half is damn good.
I’m currently working my way through a book of short stories by Algernon Blackwood whom I have recently discovered.
I’m always open to new suggestions.
What’s your favorite cookbook.
I love cookbooks. On the condition that they have pictures. Nothing so frustrating as seeing a recipe that looks interesting but you want to get an idea of what the damn dish is supposed to look like. My go to cookbook is David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen. First of all, french food. Secondly, the recipes aren’t too difficult, plenty of pictures, and I have yet to make something from there that hasn’t worked out.
Where are you from? Don’t be lurkers Cynics, I’m curious to see where everyone is from.
Boston. South of Boston actually. But I work in Cambridge.
What’s a game that you play with your pet(s)?
We play with Lola in a few ways. Several nights during the week we throw a ball back and forth which she chases and attempts to catch (she’s not the most athletic of cats). Other times she’ll play fetch with me alone. On most nights I hide cat treats around the house and she’ll seek them out. The problem is we don’t have a big place and she knows pretty much where all the hiding spots are now. And she also has a “cat puzzle” game where she has to get the ball out of the bottom of her scratching post.
What are you reading?
I’m about halfway through the unabridged Robin Buss translation of The Count of Monte Cristo. Damn, that’s one hell of a book. I may have read the first part of it before but I think it was a bad translation and I gave up somewhere in the middle. I’m really enjoying this translation of it. Only about 600 pages left to go…
Before that was The Cabin at the End of the World which kept me guessing up to the end.
I’ve also been rereading some of Anthony Bourdain’s books. His writing makes me so happy but it’s still a bit too soon after his suicide for me and had to stop reading them because they were ultimately depressing me way too much. Sigh.
What social media do you still use?
I still have a facebook account although I never post on it. I would delete it completely except there are a few friends that I use messenger to keep in contact. I probably use Twitter more than anything now because it is convenient and has been where I’ve been getting a lot of my news updates regarding this shithole president. I don’t mind Instagram for the pictures, Goodreads for the books and… no, that’s it.
Sometimes this shitty blog but I haven’t had the energy to update it as often as I once did.
Yesterday was what was the worst social media platform. So today will be what’s your favorite social media platform to use?
My favorite would probably be blogs. Old fashioned, rss-enabled, one or handful of author blogs. The age of blogs are pretty much over. From my experience, 2010ish was when they peaked. Facebook and Twitter killed them since everybody could then post stuff to their wall and read other stuff from their “friends” walls which appear on their timelines. But I actually like going to blogs that I have learned to trust and love and getting that information by myself instead of having some algorithm spoon-feed me information they think I should read.
Outside of that, I probably find Goodreads most useful. I’m always on the lookout for good books and I’ve found so many fantastic books by paying attention to what people are reading from that app.
And I don’t mind Instagram that much. For the most part I’m following pictures of food, travel destinations and a few people I like without too much political commentary. It’s starting to get annoying since they are now putting streams of people I don’t follow which is such a Facebook thing to do (PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW! Let me decide that FB).