Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Book Meme

A book meme that's going around. This is courtesy of Jonathan Sterne.

1. Chose the book closest to you at the moment.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the 3rd sentence
4. Post in your blog (plus the instructions)
5. Don't choose the book, just pick up the one closest to you.

Hmmmm...lots of stacks of papers. Closest books are over on a shelf. The closest book (de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince") doesn't have enough pages. Next closest is it, then:

"The days went by."
Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake, NY: Puffin Books, 1997 (1942).

Not as interesting as Book-Most-Recently-Read (which goes against the rules of the meme, but interesting nonetheless), which would give us:

"They met in private and Addis told him, 'You [Oppenheimer] are giving all this money [for the Spanish Republic cause] through these relief organizations. If you want it to do good, let it go through the Communist channels...and it will really help.'"
Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. NY: Vintage, 2005.


Anonymous said...

My book meme is interesting, so I thought I'd share:
"He saw doom from the sky."
Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time, Houghton Mifflin, 2006

Tracy said...

If I were sitting in my reading chair:
"In fact all the St Loe men were exceptionally tall; William's great-grandfather was almost a giant, at over seven foot."
Mary S. Lovell, "Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder"

Anonymous said...

Had to go to the next room to find the closest book:
"He comes to me only in the holy darkness."
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, Harcourt, 1984 (1956)