Thursday Night Bar Fight #3: The Thinking Person’s Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins Quandary
Note: Thursday Night Bar Fights is a new FP regular feature. In a nutshell, each Thursday I’ll offer up a topic for folks to chime in and argue about – but each topic will be the kind of pointless query that gets friends passionately arguing after one too many beers. Thursday Night Bar Fight questions will be the kind that require no expertise; anyone insisting they’re arguing from authority on these topics will be full of it. Anyone that has a Bar Fight they’d like to start should feel free to email or tweet me a question for consideration in future weeks.
You are on the ocean aboard a luxury cruise ship whose on-board library holds any existing, in-print book you could name. Unfortunately, it also happens to be a Carnival Cruise ship and a fire has destroyed the engine and set the boat adrift. Oh, and also World War III broke out right after you set sail and everyone else on the planet is dead. (It’s been a really shitty vacation.) By the time the ship drifts past the lush, tropical island you decide to make home there are just a handful of survivors on the now sinking boat. You, dear readers, are those survivors.
As you ready the lifeboats, you realize that in addition to basic supplies, tools and various How-To and Survival Guide books, you have room for just three more books. At the rate the ship is sinking you won’t have time to go back for more after you reach shore, so you have to decide now:
Which three books will you bring with you?
Remember, you have all the various How-To books, so you can feel free to concentrate on which books should be the only three bits of written culture for whatever new society you attempt to create. By Sunday we’ll try to have a consensus about which three to take, and if so I’ll post them in Off the Cuff. Until then, it will be your job to nominate and lobby for your choices, dissuade your fellow survivors of others’ choices, and add support and votes to those whose book you think deserves a spot on the island.