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November 7, 2007 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | November 7, 2007 |

Before we move on to today’s comment diversion: A quick note with regard to this week’s Guide to What’s Good For You contest. Our winner was a commenter who goes by the name “insertclevernamehere,” who has left some doozies on the site in the past. He correctly guessed that “Ted Boynton,” the author of the Guide, goes under the commenter handle socalledcousins, who is likely familiar to any of you who have dipped below the comment line. Moreover, socalledcousin’s favorite movie was Barcelona (hence, the pseudonym) and his favorite drink the Vesper. “insertclevername” has won the Thin Man box set. Congrats, brother.

Moving on: The second diversion we ever ran was our desert-island CDs — the music we’d take with us if we had enough foresight to know we’d soon be stranded on a desert island for an eternity. But there’s a kink in that diversion — maroons aren’t likely to have an energy source to play the music, so after one’s iPod battery runs down (what — 20 minutes?) there’s not going to be a lot of slow-dancing in the sand.

So, in a more practical sense and upon the suggestion of Julia, what five books would you take with you if you knew that buccaneers were about to toss you onto an isolated isle, where you would live out the rest of your days with only a volleyball as your companion. Box sets, complete works, and survival guides are not permitted. I’m a fascist buccaneer, mateys. I’ll start:

1) Don Quixote, Cervantes.
2) Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger.
3) High Fidelity, Nick Hornby.
4) Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
5) Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler.

Desert Island Books

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | November 7, 2007 |

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