Whilst I am awaiting the inspiration to write something more sensible I shall try and come up with suitably Laurentian answers to this parlour game to perplex and annoy.
So leaving out the Bible, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica as one is supposed to do when one lands on the desert Isle, in Roy Plomley's classic Desert Island Discs, here goes. Be prepared for books you have never heard of.
One book that changed my life
Well it is not books that change lives but what one does after one has read them, maybe the first book I ever read, was the one that changed my life most, changing me from an illiterate dyslexic to a child on the path to discovery
One book that you've read more than once
How about two books I've read more than twice, that would have to be something like Le Corbusier's la Ville Radieuse, and Ivor de Wofles (sic) Civilia I guess :)
One book you'd want on a desert island
A survival manual what else? With lots of spare pages you can use as tinder.
One book that made you laugh
DSM IV what else?
One book that made you cry
Books don't make me cry, onions do, maybe a textbook on onions if there is such a thing might make that cognitive leap.
One book you wish you had written
Well how do you know I haven't? I do not wish I had written other peoples books, I wish I had written my own.
One book you wish had never been written
I suppose the Empty Fortress by you know who:(
Other than that…
Anything by Fred Volkmar
One book you're currently reading
Er, I am reading the screen at the moment, anyway a recent blog will tell you one book I have recently read, currently I am attempting to wade through a swathe of books, including Hello Americans, which is a biography of Orson Welles by actor Simon Callow. I ordered the book after seeing him promote it at a literary event in Brum. Like as not it is so thick it will end up like the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbons, a book I shall never finish.
One book you've been meaning to read
Majia Holmer Nadesan (2005) Constructing Autism: Unravelling the 'truth'
Apparently it is a Larry sort of book, not a Kirby or a Lathe take on autism but a book about how the whole notion is socially constructed. I have managed to get the School of Education at Brum Uni to order it for the library, you see I have started being subversive at Birmingham already and I am not even onto the course yet :)
Oh yes and before I end let me add one of my own
One book you found particularly challenging
William Dugdale's Monasticon Anglicanum, being as I was only seventeen when I read it in its original first edition dated 1655 in Latin, not having had the benefit of a public school education where one learns Latin at the end of a stick. Lots of fine pictures in it though and I do own a book of these being prints by Wenceslaus Hollar.
Now who shall I tag next?
Nobody that is far too social an activity for me to get my mind round:)