Saturday, April 09, 2005

Meme 123.5

Courtesy of Jilly Dybka

A new book meme circulating around the sphere is going by the name “123.5,” and its rules are these:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123. 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.


'These persist for several weeks.'



8 comments:

Stuart Greenhouse said...

I know that sentence, I'm almost positive . . . can you tell where it's from?

Peter said...

From the new issue of Prairie Schooner: "My husband Ed sees how sad I am."

LKD said...

Zanne, I'm guessing yours is from one of those What to Expect When You're Expecting books. Am I right? If so, do I win a prize? (smile)

Here's mine:
"The diary of Mary Rockwood Powers shows that her husband's eccentric behavior was aggravated by the pressures of the journey."
(from Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

The first sentence is a real humdinger though: "...The women and children (in the forward party) presented a sickening spectacle, having been burned by the savages."

Suzanne said...

My sentence is from Simon & Schuster's Guide to Plants and Flowers. It's referring to the flowers of the Japanese Snowball shrub.

And jeez, poor Ed's wife. Cheer up buttercup.

[smile]

A. D. said...

from "58. Song of the Afternoon", Flowers of Evil, Baudelaire.

Under your satin shoes,
Your charming silken feet,
I place myself, my joy,
My genius and my fate,

My soul mended by you,
By you, colour and light,
Explosion of heat
In my Siberian night!

paula said...

The problem of shoes is evidence that the most barbarian things become acceptable out of habit.

Suzanne said...

These 123.5 lines are great and, Paula, yours is hysterical.

Radish King said...

And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.

Bible, King Jimmy