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February 18, 2005

Book Meme: 123.5

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Like Scrivener (who got the meme from Dr. Crazy), I have a shelf full of books nearby, but based on a completely unscientific estimate, William Faulkner's Pylon, which I never reshelved after watching the Douglas Sirk film adaptation, The Tarnished Angels) happened to be closest by an inch to spare over Bill Nichols' Representing Reality. The Faulkner sentence was also too good to pass up: "'I will eat and sleep on Roger and I will eat and sleep on you.'"

Posted by chuck at February 18, 2005 12:41 AM

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From Rex Pickett's Sideways: "No, Maya snapped without looking at me."

Oddly enough, I read that very sentence for the first time about ten minutes ago.

Posted by: RMClaycomb [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2005 11:25 AM

Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks: "I read it again with redoubled attention."

There's a meme where you pick up three books, put some sentences together, and attribute the resultant quotation to a non-existent work. I like the collage aspect of that.

Posted by: Diana at February 18, 2005 7:07 PM

From Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, which I still haven't finished.

5th Sentence: "By the 1930s some called Auburn the "Black Peachtree," though, physically, that was a bit of a stretch since Peachtree wound north of the city and continued for many miles."

The 5th Complete Sentence: "In its entirety, Auburn Avenue ran little more than a mile and a half."

Posted by: Jen at February 18, 2005 8:17 PM

that is a great sentence, chuck. "I will eat and sleep on you." Now I just have to figure out a context for saying that ...as promise? as threat? love it.

Posted by: Mel at February 18, 2005 11:34 PM

Mel, I think it's a threat, or more precisely, an act of defiance. The sentence that follows is even better: "But I won't eat and sleep on your ass, see?"

Diana, yes that collage effect is rather appealing to me as well.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2005 1:02 PM

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