Your Questions About Robinson Brick

Sharon asks…

Which classic book should I read?

Novels
*100 Years of Solitude, by Marquez
*1984, by Orwell
Absalom, Absalom!, by Faulkner
The Adventures of Augie March, by Bellow
After This, by McDermott
The Age of Innocence, by Wharton
Agnes Grey, by Bronte
Alias Grace, by Atwood
All the King’s Men, by Warren
All Souls, by Schutt
All the Pretty Horses, by McCarthy
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Chabon
American Pastoral, by Roth
An American Tragedy, by Dreiser
Amsterdam, by McEwan
*Anna Karenina, by Tolstoy
As I Lay Dying, by Faulkner
Babbitt, by Lewis
The Beautiful and Damned, by Fitzgerald
*Bel Canto, by Patchett
*Beloved, by Morrison
*Black Boy, by Wright
Bleak House, by Dickens
Bless Me Ultima, by Anaya
*The Blind Assassin, by Atwood
The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Tan
Brave New World, by Huxley
Brick Lane, by Ali
Brideshead Revisited, by Waugh
Bridge of Sighs, by Russo
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Diaz
Catch 22, by Heller
Ceremony, by Silko
Clear Light of Day, by Desai
Cloudsplitter, by Banks
Cold Mountain, by Frazier
The Color Purple, by Walker
*A Confederacy of Dunces, by Toole
The Corrections, by Franzen
*The Count of Monte Cristo, by Dumas
*Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky
Cry, the Beloved Country, by Paton
David Copperfield, by Dickens
Dead Souls, by Gogol
Death in Venice, by Mann
The Deerslayer, by Cooper
Doctor Zhivago, by Pasternak
Don Quixote, by Cervantes
*Dracula, by Stoker
*Drop City, by Boyle
East of Eden, by Steinbeck
The Echo Maker, by Powers
Emma, by Austen
Empire Falls, by Russo
The English Patient, by Ondaatje
Ethan Frome, by Wharton
Europe Central, by Vollmann
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Foer
Far from the Madding Crowd, by Hardy
A Farewell to Arms, by Hemingway
Fathers and Sons, by Turgenev
Fieldwork, by Berlinski
Fifth Business, by Davies
The Fixer, by Malamud
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Hemingway
Frankenstein, by Shelley
The Gathering, by Enright
Germinal, by Zola
A Gesture Life, by Chang-rae Lee
Gilead, by Robinson
The God of Small Things, by Roy
The Good Earth, by Buck
The Good Soldier, by Ford
*The Grapes of Wrath, by Steinbeck
The Gravedigger’s Daughter, by Oates
*Great Expectations, by Dickens
Great Fire, by Hazzard
Gulliver’s Travels, by Swift
A Handful of Dust, by Waugh
Hard Times, by Dickens
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by McCullers
The Heart of the Matter, by Greene
Henderson and the Rain King, by Bellow
The Hours, by Cunningham
House Made of Dawn, by Momaday
The House of Mirth, by Wharton
The House of Seven Gables, by Hawthorne
The House on Mango Street, by Cisneros
Howards End, by Forster
*The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Hugo
The Idiot, by Dostoevsky
In Country, by Mason
In the Country of Men, by Matar
*In the Lake of the Woods, by O’Brien
In the Time of Butterflies, by Alvarez
Inferno, by Dante
The Inheritance of Loss, by Desai
Intruder in the Dust, by Faulkner
Invisible Man, by Ellison
Ivanhoe, by Scott
*Jane Eyre, by Bronte
Jude the Obscure, by Hardy
The Jungle, by Sinclair
The Known World, by Jones
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by Lawrence
The Last of the Mohicans, by Cooper
The Lazarus Project, by Hemon
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), by Laclos
Les Misérable, by Hugo
*Life of Pi, by Martel
Light in August, by Faulkner
*Lolita, by Nabokov
Look at Me, by Egan
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Marquez
Love Medicine, by Erdrich
Mansfield Park, by Austen
March, by Brooks
The March, by Doctorow
*The Master Butchers Singing Club, by Erdrich
The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Hardy
Middle Passage, by Johnson
Middlemarch, by Eliot
*Middlesex, by Eugenides
Moby-Dick, by Melville
Moll Flanders, by Defoe
Moonstone, by Collins
Mrs. Dalloway, by Woolf
My Ántonia, by Cather
*The Namesake, by Lahiri
Nana, by Zola
Native Son, by Wright
Native Speaker, by Chang-rae Lee
Never Let Me Go, by Ishiguro
Nicholas Nickleby, by Dickens
Northanger Abbey, by Austen
O Pioneers!, by Cather
Obasan, by Kogawa
A Passage to India, by Forster
People of the Book, by Brooks
Pére Goriot, by Balzac
Persuasion, by Austen
Plague of Doves, by Erdrich
The Plot against America, by Roth
*The Poisonwood Bible, by Kingsolver
The Power and the Glory, by Greene
*A Prayer for Owen Meany, by Irving
Ragtime, by Doctorow
The Remains of the Day, by Ishiguro
Reservation Blues, by Alexie
The Return of the Native, by Hardy
*The Road, by McCarthy
Robber Bride, by Atwood
A Room with a View, by Forster
Saint Maybe, by Tyler
*The Scarlet Letter, by Hawthorne
The Sea, by Banville
Sense and Sensibility, by Austen
Shadow Country, by Matthiessen
The Shipping News, by Proulx
Silas Marner, by Eliot
Sister Carrie, by Dreiser
Snow, by Pamuk
Song of Solomon, by Morrison
Song Yet Sung, by McBride
Sons and Lovers, by Lawrence
Sophie’s Choice, by Styron
The Sound and the Fury, by Faulkner
The Stone Diaries, by Shields
*The Sun Also Rises, by Hemingway
The Sweet Hereafter, by Ban

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

Of these, my favorites:

1) Lolita (best book ever written, by far!)
2) Jane Eyre
3) Love in the Time of Cholera
4) Ethan Frome
5) The Scarlet Letter
6) 1984

Of course, I can’t pick the best book for YOU. 1984 is the most “masculine” of these, the rest are *somewhat* “feminine” books. Lolita is a little difficult to read. Jane Eyre is probably the easiest. Ethan Frome and The Scarlet Letter are very short. Ethan Frome, The Scarlet Letter, and Lolita (depending on your point of view) are American, Jane Eyre and 1984 are British and Love in the Time of Cholera is Colombian. All are very good, but be sure to pick a book you’re actually interested in and not one that someone tells you to read.

Surely you can narrow down your list by just looking for one sentence summary on the internet about the books’ themes, and finding that quite a few of them don’t interest you at all.

Donna asks…

do you agree with this list?

Greatest Number One Hits

1958: All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
1959: Stagger Lee – Lloyd Price
1960: Stay – Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
1961: Surrender – Elvis Presley
1962: I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles
1963: Fingertips Pt. 2 – Stevie Wonder
1964: House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
1965: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
1966: Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
1967: Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
1968: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
1969: Everyday People – Sly & the Family Stone
1970: The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1971: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
1972: Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
1973: Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
1974: The Joker – Steve Miller Band
1975: Island Girl – Elton John
1976: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
1977: Hotel California – The Eagles
1978: Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
1979: Heart Of Glass – Blondie
1980: Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 – Pink Floyd
1981: Starting Over, (Just Like) – John Lennon
1982: Jack And Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
1983: Beat It – Michael Jackson
1984: When Doves Cry – Prince
1985: Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears
1986: Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
1987: With Or Without You – U2
1988: Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
1989: Like A Prayer – Madonna
1990: Vision Of Love – Mariah Carey
1991: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – P.M. Dawn
1992: Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
1993: I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
1994: Bump N’ Grind – R. Kelly
1995: Waterfalls – TLC
1996: California Love – 2Pac
1997: Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G.
1998: Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
1999: Smooth – Santana
2000: Amazed – Lonestar
2001: All For You – Janet Jackson
2002: Hot In Herre – Nelly
2003: Hey Ya! – Outkast
2004: Yeah! – Usher
2005: Gold Digger – Kanye West
2006: SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
2007: Irreplaceable – Beyonce
2008: Whatever You Like – T.I.

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

It may be accurate for all I know but I would consider it true only til 1993.

Richard asks…

I have a green idea, it’s the future and will revolutionise carbon emissions, My idea is hot and it works?

It’s a fact that most of a houses heating energy is lost through the windows, forget double, triple or quadruple glazing, Brick up your windows!, I know what you are thinking, what about the view? well thats dead easy, attach a plasma TV the same size as your old window to you new wall where your window was, place a camera on the outside to show you whats there, I am so excited about this I have pateneted the application and send outlines of my proposal to Al Gore and Ann Robinson, as an added feature, if you have a realy cr*p view you can replace it with an image of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or something, I want to know just how good that you think I am, please post praise below
Loss of light is not an issue, I shall use a bulb – no more harmful uv rays to fade your real leather suite and tropical hardwood floor

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

I think you could be onto a winner there! What a fantastic original idea – I may just brick mine uo first thing tomorrow – no why wait, I’ll do it now!! 😛

Lizzie asks…

To Kill a Mockingbird. Characterization and Symbolism?

Harper Lee has created each of the main characters in the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” to represent particular characteristics and traits that can be found in Maycomb Alabama during the 1930’s.

Pick symbols to represent each of the following characters:

1) Atticus Finch
2) Scout Finch
3) Jem Finch
4) Aunt Alexandra
5) Dill
6) Tim Robinson
7) Ms. Maudie
8) Mrs. Dubose
9) Boo Radley
10) Bob Ewell
11) Calpurmia
12) Walter Cunningham

For example, Miss Caroline can be depicted as a Brick Wall because she is quite rigid, unflexable, and creates a barrier to Scout’s learning.

Can anyone think of any ideas?

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

You should be able to answer your homework questions yourself this is your own opinion you can’t have a wrong answer if you give a reason for why you think they’re like that. Here’s one I think Atticus is like an owl because he’s wise, calm and peaceful (not really true for owls in real life but it works).

Linda asks…

Do you agree with this list?

Yahoo’s picks for 100 greatest songs from ’58 to ’08
i sure don’t agree with it

1958: All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
1959: Stagger Lee – Lloyd Price
1960: Stay – Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
1961: Surrender – Elvis Presley
1962: I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles
1963: Fingertips Pt. 2 – Stevie Wonder
1964: House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
1965: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
1966: Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
1967: Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
1968: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
1969: Everyday People – Sly & the Family Stone
1970: The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1971: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
1972: Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
1973: Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
1974: The Joker – Steve Miller Band
1975: Island Girl – Elton John
1976: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
1977: Hotel California – The Eagles
1978: Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
1979: Heart Of Glass – Blondie
1980: Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 – Pink Floyd
1981: Starting Over, (Just Like) – John Lennon
1982: Jack And Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
1983: Beat It – Michael Jackson
1984: When Doves Cry – Prince
1985: Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears
1986: Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
1987: With Or Without You – U2
1988: Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
1989: Like A Prayer – Madonna
1990: Vision Of Love – Mariah Carey
1991: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – P.M. Dawn
1992: Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
1993: I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
1994: Bump N’ Grind – R. Kelly
1995: Waterfalls – TLC
1996: California Love – 2Pac
1997: Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G.
1998: Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
1999: Smooth – Santana
2000: Amazed – Lonestar
2001: All For You – Janet Jackson
2002: Hot In Herre – Nelly
2003: Hey Ya! – Outkast
2004: Yeah! – Usher
2005: Gold Digger – Kanye West
2006: SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
2007: Irreplaceable – Beyonce
2008: Whatever You Like – T.I.
lol i threw up while reading it too
it’s not my list Matt

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

I just threw up, I have to rush to the toilet now so ill finish this answer later………..

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