Published on September 16th, 20140
Omnivore Pin-up: Ralph, 28, south London
Drinker of fine wines, lover of beautiful women, smoker of many cigarettes, Ralph is an outcomes research manager from Lincolnshire. If you’d like to get in touch with a man who likes writing short stories, playing party games and singing sea shanties in equal measure, write into firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Box no. 9214.
What are you reading at the moment?
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. A fantastic book about obsession and denial in a time of social exclusion and bizarre attitudes. I am loving it.
What have you just finished reading?
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I love Murakami, but this was not his best despite being his self-proclaimed magnum opus. He manages to convey crushing boredom in an exciting way.
What are you planning to read next?
I have my eye on The Dreyfus Affair by Piers Paul Read. Not perhaps the most sexy title but might give me some insight into the French. I am also planning to re-read One Hundred Years of Solitude in honor of our recently dear departed comrade, the great Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love this book; it got me into magic realism. Marquez was the master of the genre and no one holds a candle.
Which author do you have a crush on?
Sylvia Plath was apparently bang tidy
What’s the sexiest thing you have ever read?
Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem ‘Spanish Dancer’ translated by Stephen Mitchell. I read it on a boat and had to dive into the water to cool off.
What book would you give to someone you wanted to impress?
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