June 28, 2004

Meaninglessness. Embrace it.

I got this from, basically, everyone. But first saw it at Two Brain Cells.

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book No. 1 -- first sentence.
3. Book No. 2 -- last sentence on page fifty.
4. Book No. 3 -- second sentence on page one hundred.
5. Book No. 4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty.
6. Book No. 5 -- final sentence of the book.
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.

"Why are you mad?" Without some kind of breakthrough, the entire experiment with republican government at the national level would "burst and vanish, and the states separate to take care of everyone of itself." Polish activists objected to the framework's reference to the Holocaust, claiming that it gave too much attention to Jewish victims instead of Polish Christian victims. Later still it dawned on me that half the shops in these neighborhoods deal exclusively in all sorts of trinkets, mascots and bric-a-brav, and that this is an excellent trade that brings in heaps of profits. It was Nora's voice.

1. Elia Kazan, A Life
2. Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers
3. Diane Ravitch, The Language Police
4. Ryzsard Kapuscinski, The Soccer War
5. Brenda Maddox, Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom

Posted by sheila

The glowing report he sent to the front office promptly got lost in the paperwork at 215 Montague Street in downtown Brooklyn. At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring. Bumping, nudging, seeking, until finally a small section of the structure gave way and they were gone. “Your friends Clarence Holmes and Arthur Tobin, those lives will not be lost in vain.” Things aren’t going as well for Tim, whose sex life is still compounded mostly of urges, and for all he writes about it, hasn’t mutated into art yet.

- Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
- Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, Jane Leavy
- Moo, Jane Smiley
- Train, Pete Dexter
- Empire Falls, Richard Russo

Posted by: Jeff at June 28, 2004 04:46 PM

Time-consuming little game, isn't it?

That last sentence convinces me I have to read Richard Russo. The guy can obviously write!

And I love Pete Dexter! Only read Paris Trout - but some of his sentences remain in my mind.

Posted by: red at June 28, 2004 05:13 PM

Whoops - I may have broken the rules, but I moved the sentences around...the correct book order from the paragraph would be Leavy, Frazier, Russo, Dexter, and Smiley.

But Russo can definitely write!

Posted by: Jeff at June 28, 2004 05:28 PM

Well, Jane Smiley can definitely write as well then - although I never read Moo. Sounds like a very funny book though.

Posted by: red at June 28, 2004 05:37 PM

Hysterical - along with Russo's "Straight Man," the best look inside the sometimes strange but always entertaining world of the university and academia.

Posted by: Jeff at June 28, 2004 05:42 PM

At lift off, Matt Everson said a Hail Mary. The Count D'Argenson, who commands the department of Paris and the Marshalseas, gave orders to arrest all the beggars of the kingdom. Apollo, according to Nietsche, is a necessary element but an unreliable and thus inferior guide to existence, that gives man a superficial view of reality: the illusion of an orderly universe. "Tis well, Lavinia, that thou hast no hands; for hands, to do Rome service, is but vain." "Oh," said Pooh, "So it is."

Black Hawk Down, Mark Bowden
Madness & Civilization, Michel Foucalt
Return of the Primitive, Ayn Rand
Titus Adronicus, William Shakespeare
The Tao of Poo, Benjamin Hoff

Fun game!

Posted by: Liberal Larry at July 22, 2004 12:04 AM