It should not come as a surprise to anyone that Taylor Carik’s Mediation was named City Pages Best Local Blog last year. Not only does Carik serve up an endless buffet of funny pictures and interesting links, but when you least expect it he throws in a thoughtful, insightful post about Voter Suppression or the future of the media. And, as if that weren’t enough, he also co-hosts the weekly Flak Radio podcast.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
After David Foster Wallace died, someone posted the syllabus to the intro class that he taught, and I’m working my way through the works that I don’t know. Right now I’m on What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hogland, which I’m already reading again because it’s exceptionally amazing.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Yes, quite a few characters. But none from print.
If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
It would be George Saunders, and I’d take him to Nye’s because it’s really the one bar, if someone from out of town is going to get a sense of Minneapolis and St. Paul, that you take people to.
What was your first favorite book?
No More Lies by Dick Gregory. I first read it when I was developing my political consciousness in high school, and Gregory’s humor, progressiveness, and personal involvement in political life really provided an important contrast for all the bullshit that I was being taught in school. Since then I’ve read almost everything that he’s written, including Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature! which is both hilarious and full of great nutritional info.
Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
Notable American Women by Ben Marcus. Awhile back Marcus had a wonderful essay in Harper’s on the importance and the under-appreciation of experimental fiction, and that’s an interesting position to take since good written work is under-appreciated in general. But when books start disappearing, the cerebral stuff like Notable American Women, which is brilliant, intricate, and at times emotionally compelling, will be the first to go.
What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
Somehow I managed to get through the first volume of Man Without Qualities, and loved it. But I never picked up the second volume to finish off Musil’s masterpiece.