I've been memed

I have been tagged by The Uncanny Broadcasting Brain.

The Rules of this tag:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

(LiteraryMinded adds – I’m not going to get offended if you don’t carry on 🙂 I’m just interested in the concept)

LiteraryMinded’s random facts:

1. My unread book collection near my bed includes Utopia – Thomas More, Jacques Lacan – Anika Lemaire, The System of Objects – Jean Baudrillard, Hollywood Babylon – Kenneth Anger, Faithless – Joyce Carol Oates, Journey to the Stone Country – Alex Miller, Wren Lines – Billy Jones, and the current Southerly among 30-odd others.

2. My sister and I still remember a dance we made up to Michael Jackson’s Ghosts when we were about 10 and 8.


3. One of the books that transported me the most as a child was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

4. I exercise every day.

5. My two novel manuscripts are titled You Can Make Music by Banging on Cages and Smoke & Dancing. The main characters are Jean (Jean Genie!), Deb, and Rowan.

6. I love to eat muesli for afternoon tea.

7. My boyfriend has a brilliant Pink Floyd tattoo.

8. I would love to go to New York.

LiteraryMinded’s tags –

Emilie Zoey Baker, James Ross-Edwards, Freyja Griffin, Paperback Writer, Writing True, Nothing Much But All Okay, Wishful Writer, Laconic Harangue

LiteraryMinded adds – Richard Dawkins on what is a ‘meme’ –
‘Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. If a scientist hears, or reads about, a good idea, he passed it on to his colleagues and students. He mentions it in his articles and his lectures. If the idea catches on, it can be said to propagate itself, spreading from brain to brain… When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell. And this isn’t just a way of talking — the meme for, say, “belief in life after death” is actually realized physically, millions of times over, as a structure in the nervous systems of individual men the world over.’

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4 thoughts on “I've been memed

  1. Hello – Glad you’re still updating this… I think I MySpaced you months and months ago when I was in NY (don’t go! It’s better in books!) Your unread pile is pretty interesting: I’ve heard such good things about Joyce Carol Oates and never seem to pick her up, though I think I looked at ‘Utopia’ once, shuddered, and put it back. :/

  2. Thanks for checking in Jay 🙂 I think I will have to see NY one day, even if it is romanticised in books and film. Joyce Carol Oates is wonderful – so prolific but constantly surprising. Her novels are multilayered. My favourite so far has been ‘Blonde’. She also writes short stories, plays, essays, poetry… I’d love to be like her. 🙂

  3. Thanks for tagging me in, (and also for your nice review of Voiceworks)… It took me a full 5 minutes after I posted to realise that blowjob is an excellent thing to call someone, but not even close to a verb.- james

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