6 questions we always ask — Ben Kimball

Ben Kimball is a father of two who works full-time, recently graduated from Augsburg with a degree in Theology (I think), and will start Luther Seminary in the fall (which is next week, I guess). Yeah. Besides doing all that, he’s also made it his goal to read the 1001 books you must read before you die. You might call him crazy, I call him my brother-in-law. Soon, you’ll see some his reviews populating these pages. In the meantime you can read Ben’s blog over on Vox.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and E.J. Dionne Jr.’s Souled Out.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Female: Clarissa Dalloway from Mrs. Dalloway–She was an amazing party host and noticed the little things in life.
Male: Zooey from Franny and Zooey–I am a lot like Zooey, so it is natural for me to crush on someone like me.

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk and writes about spirituality, so I am unsure if a bar would be appropriate. Perhaps I would take him to Lucia’s Wine Bar in Minneapolis, since he lives in France’s wine country. He may not drink the wine, but I am sure he would not object if I were to consume a few glasses of merlot.

What was your first favorite book?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X was my first favorite book because it challenged me to think about race issues in a different way. This book took me way out of my comfort zone and schooled me about the ugliness of racism.

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks is an important link to the history of Native Americans in the United States. Not only does one learn about Oglala spirituality, it also recounts the horror of the Wounded Knee massacre. This story needs to be continuously retold and talked about so it is not forgotten.

What is one book you haven’t read but want to before you die?
I have heard so many great things about Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and since I have an affinity for dead Russians, this would be a logical choice.

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1 Comment

  1. Arukiyomi 10.Sep.08 at 9:03 am

    I read Ben’s blog whenever he posts. He has some great reviews and, like me is into the 1001 lists.

    If you’re interested, there’s a new version of Arukiyomi’s 1001 books spreadsheet. Along with some cool new features, there are lists of both the revised 1001 books and those that were removed from the new 2008 list. That’s right, the list has changed!

    If you want a free copy of the spreadsheet, head over to Arukiyomi’s blog.

    Happy reading!


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