The biography game

I’m still reading Wolf Hall, but my library is now open on Sundays! ¬†and with concern that the federal government shutdown will continue beyond the point at which the District can remain open, I took a break from working on my independent study on Sunday as I figured I should get to the library, pronto.

With nothing on my immediate to-read list, I decided to play the biography game. I read this idea somewhere, and like most ideas, I remembered it without remembering its source. The biography game works as follows: go to the biography section of the library. Go to where your biography would be (if you had one), and read the biographies on either side of your name. That’s it. When I got to the correct shelf, it turned out that on either side of my name were memoirs. (Girl, Interrupted, and The Liars’ Club.) I didn’t want to read memoirs, so I kept going. In one direction I had success: a biography of Elia Kazan. In the other direction? Memoir, memoir, memoir, memoir, essays about Franz Kafka. So I broke my rule, and I checked out a memoir. I expect to learn a good deal from it, though. It’s “a true spy thriller” by Reza Kahlili.

Who knew I was so bad at following simple rules?

What games have you played to find books in the library?


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