Friday September 26, 2003

Friday but no Five

The Friday Five is taking this week off, so in its place we bring you.,.. a book report.

If you like the sorts of questions the Friday Five provides, look for these books: The Little Book of Stupid Questions (David Borenicht; publ. Barnes & Noble Books; 1999) and The Big Book of If... (Questions for the Game of Life and Love) (Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell; publ. Villard; 1995-1997). The latter is a combo volume comprised of three previous books, If, If2, and If3.

If... It's a question. It's a game. It's a journey.
The Big Book of If... calls itself "the ultimate book about fantasy". Each of its questions is "meant to spark and tantalize the imagination." Each question begins with "If..."
  • If you were to be granted one wish, what would it be?
  • If you could dine alone with anyone from aany period of history, which person would it be?
  • If you could inherit a vacation home anywhere in the world in which you could spend one month a year, but that you could never sell, where would it be?
  • If you could be guaranteed one thing in life besides money, what would you ask for?

The Little Book of Stupid Questions claims to be the "perfect ice-breaker for parties, gatherings around the water cooler and — yes — even blind dates". Again, it's a book of fantasy and fantasizing.

Ask someone a stupid question and they clam up. But ask them a provocative, funny, sexy, stupid question, and there's no telling how much their answer will reveal about them — how they think, what bothers them, and what they fantasize about.
For example:
  • What superpowers do you have if you are a supermodel?
  • If you could have a third eye, where would you put it?
  • Would you rather be lost in space or on an uncharted desert isle?
  • Do you believe the expiration dates on food you buy? What sort of margin of error do you work within?
If you like thought-provoking questions of this sort, head for your nearest online or brick&mortar bookstore and look for these books. (Note, The Little Book of Stupid Questions is only available at Barnes & Noble; if you can't find The Big Book of If... look for the three smaller, original volumes, entitled If...(1, 2, and 3).

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