How You Acquired the Last Book You Read

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

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1. Two questions in one: what was the last book you finished, and how did you get it? Bookstore? Library? Kindle Store? Gift? Theft?

Would you recommend it? (OK, three questions.)

2. Are there any books, movies or TV shows that you're purposely waiting to read or watch? I bought The Wire DVDs last year and enjoy knowing they're there the next time I have several months to kill. Also in that category: every Simpsons episode since 2001. When I'm bored and 70, I won't be upset the early seasons were so much better.

3. This one comes from reader Diane:

What is the oddest situation you've come home to find? In my case, I came home from college to change for work one night to find the SWAT team camped out ON my house. Seems the guy behind us had gone a little nuts and shot at a cop, so they were taking up strategic positions.

4. The other night I received possibly the weirdest story pitch in the 4+ years I've been receiving weird story pitches. "A celebrity numerologist would like to discuss the number 12 and what it means for Bernie Fine."

This led to some fun emails where we tried to top it. (My contribution: "Homer Simpson's work phone number is the same as the number for Chong's Chinese, which employed Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years. Let's explore other 555 numbers and their overlap.") What's the weirdest mental_floss story you could come up with? There's a chance we might actually want to run it.

Have a great weekend!

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