Sunday, August 20, 2006

meme, redux

So, while I should be in bed by now, I'm randomly glancing at old entries in my blog, and decided this meme needed a repeat:
  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. 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.
"In 1859, eight years after his initial U.K. tour, the activist resurfaced with a second wife to mount a revised version of his initial panorama production which purportedly brought the spiritualist politicals of his cultural production to the fore."
Daphne A. Brooks, Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910. Duke, 2006

C'mon, folks--let's hear about the books close to hand!


Dr. Write said...

"Another evening with lots of vodka, another night."
A Woman In Berlin by Anonymous

susansinclair said...

Oooh--great line!

Bart said...

"You shall make a breastplate of judgement, in skilled work; you shall make it in the style of the ephod (okay, great*); of gold, of blue and purple and crimson yarns and of fine twisted linen you shall make it." Exodus 28.15, New Oxford Annotated Bible NRSV, the book sitting next to my computer that's not a dictionary or thesaurus or an outdated UNM catalog. That's gonna be one FABULOUS breastplate!

*Thank someone for annotations. An ephod is a garment similar to an apron used in connection with the sacred lot. Probably that thing the Freemasons wear.

Jonathan Benda said...

OK--I'll do this again...

Oh crap. This has got to be the longest sentence I've ever seen:

"We forget that democratic resolution of conflict depends not on shouting down those who have the military power but on building up majorities of those who oppose the use of force and, by really listening to our potential friends or 'enemies,' whether powerful leaders or mere 'citizens,' finding ways to entice them into hearing our case." Wayne Booth, The Rhetoric of Rhetoric, Blackwell, 2004.

(Yeah, I'm dissertating at this hour...)

Anonymous said...

"In both cases, it seems, the drunken consciousness is on its way to sobering up."

Richard E. Miller. Writing at the End of the World. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2005.

Terrific book. We're reading it in my class on social theories of argument.