Friday, December 29, 2006


Since no one ever tags me, I'm going to take this blogger at her word and tag myself.

Here's the deal:
1. Go to the nearest book in your reach and turn to page 123.
2. Go to the fifth sentence of the book.
3. Copy the next three sentences, then tag someone else.

The nearest book, not journal, in my reach is Miriam Katin's graphic novel, We Are on Our Own: A Memoir.

But there is no page 123 of this book. Page 124 is not in English. Page 125 has only three sentences.

So, from page 126:

"My parents took care not to burden me with history at a young age. The war was mentioned only in gently shrouded ways. I enjoyed my childhood."

So now I'll tag some others, including some who don't have blogs. Drek, SallySunshine, Kelsey, Sally Pepper, and Black Sweatpants - want to play? You can leave a comment here or on your own blog, if you have one.


blacksweatpants said...
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blacksweatpants said...

[i edited this comment. i wish blobber had a way to edit comments without deleting them and starting over.] the nearest book in english is Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas A. Hofstadter.

page 123 happens to fall in the middle of a dialogue between achilles and the tortise at coney island. they are discussing the brain's response to music. i added a couple of extra sentences for fun:

Tortoise: And most of the time your ear or brain does the "calculation" for you, and lets your emotions know what they want to hear. You don't have to think about it consciously. But in this piece, Bach was playing tricks, hoping to lead you astray. And in your case, Achilles, he succeeded.

Achilles: Are you telling me that I responded to a resolution in a subsidiary key?

Tortoise: That's right.

Kelsey said...

Okay, the closest book to me is a book of knitting patterns, so I'm going to slightly cheat and go to the second closest, Great White Fathers: The sotry of the Obsessive Quest to Creat Mt. Rushmore by John Taliaferro.

"Graffiti tattoos his forehead. The businesses Lincoln now surveys from his bench are named Dunkin Donuts, Dr. Jay's Sneakers, Sin City, and they are patronized almost exclusively by descendants of the people whom Lincoln emancipated in 1864. After the glory of the Newark dedication, the news out of Washington concerting its Lincoln Memorial grabbed Borglum's full attention."