Monday, February 11, 2008

Book Meme

In response to SagaciousHillbilly: Sagacious Hillbilly (who certainly is both), I bring you what I call the Book Meme.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the closest book of 123 pages or more
(No cheating.)
2. Find page 123
3. Find the first five sentences
4. Post the next three sentences

Miller, D.L.; Hatfield,S.; and Norman, G. (2005). An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachia. Ohio University Press: Athens, OH.
In this extremely complex work, the device succeeds in providing a dramatic and objective focus to what otherwise might have devolved into an opaque interior monologue. Hannah, younger than Settle and more unsure of herself, wins the sympathy and interest of the reader as shes searches for and finally discovers the answer to the questions that have inspired the writing of both cycles. If Hannah is a fictional construct as Rosenberg maintains, she is also an autobiographical construct. In this work fiction and autobiography merge in a unique way.

When the Beulah Quintet and the Canona Cycle are considered together, as The Killing Ground demands that they must be, Settle's accomplishment becomes even more awesome.

Now tagging
Geeky Mom
Muze Euterpe
Elvis Drinkmo
Kayak Dave (he knows where he is)
Buzzard Billy
Anne Johnson
Ms. Jamie


Anonymous said...

OK. The closest book was “What Every American Should Know About Who’s Really Running the World” by Melissa Rossi.

Page 123 is a list so I’ll do the list as sentences.

An executive order allowing military tribunals with proceedings closed to the public (not used in the US since WW2).

A justice department rule allowing eavesdropping between attorney and client.

The passage of laws, including the Patriot Act which give the government the right to wiretap our phone conversations, read our e-mail, demand sales records of our purchases, monitor our computer activity, and in other ways spy on US citizens without having to get a warrant or prove justifiable grounds for suspicion.

The secretly authorized practice of US officials using interrogation techniques such as hooding, attack dogs and “stress positions” on prisoners.

The secretly authorized practice of releasing Iraqi prisoners of war or suspected “enemy combatants” to countries where they would be tortured while in custody.


Rebecca Burch said...

The book I grabbed is Artemisia by Anexandra LaPierre (a biography of the female Renaissance painter, Artemisia Gentileschi)

P. 123 lines 6-8:

"I want to keep the heat of your blood on my mouth, my fiery topaz,' he stammered, 'my golden cup, my poison. I would drink you in 'til it killed me."

For a moment, he stood back from her.

This excerpt is from a fictional (but fact-based) account of the rape of Artemisia by her father's apprentice, Agostino Tassi -- also a Renaissance painter. It should be noted that it is very unusual not only for Artemisia to be a working female artist during the Renaissance in Italy, but also that she successfully pressed charges and sent a man to jail for raping her.

Oddly enough, she later married him... mostly because that's the only thing she could do. A woman who had been raped (and whose rape was dragged out into public like that) was considered "damaged goods" and without a husband, even a very successful artist like Artemisia would have a difficult time in life.

Elvis Drinkmo said...

Done, done and done.

Anonymous said...

My closest book was Glossary of Geology by the American Geological Institute.

Page 123 (and, for that matter, the entire book) is a list of terms and their definitions, so I'll do as anonymous did and treat each term as a sentence.

closed fold: An old, rarely used syn. for isocline.

closed form: A crystal form whose faces enclose spaces; e.g., a dipyramid. Cf: open form.

closed-in pressure: shut-in pressure

MountainLaurel said...

Thanks to all! This just confirms my view that I've got some fascinating readers.