A few interesting threads from the I Love Books message board:

Teenage Bookcase Embarrassments. Richard Bach and Ayn Rand come up a number of times. So does Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. (I saw Russell Crowe solemnly giving that one to Oprah once. I’m still waiting for her to make it a book club selection. Ohm.)

Literary abuse problems. My answers to the questions? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. And yes.

Reading two books at once? Combine them. A favorite: “‘Stupid White Noise’ — Non-fiction polemic about the postmodern authors that are destroying America.”

And Donald Barthelme’s syllabus, which is probably more educational than amusing.