Jun 24, 2008

I'm back with a cool literary meme

You know you've been away from the blog too long when your dad says, "I think something's wrong with your blog; it isn't showing any posts since mid-May."

I have lots of interesting things about which to blog, including

  • Papafest
  • motherhood & parenthood
  • our trip to Texas last month
But for now, I'll kick off my return with this interesting meme, which I found on a stroll through the 32-akre wood. It's cool, and I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone out there.

The rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

"In the spring there were cold rains, that turned the street into canals and bogs; the mud would be so deep that wagons would sink up to the hubs, so that half a dozen horses could not move them. Then, of course, it was impossible for anyone to get to work with dry feet; and this was bad for men that were poorly clad and shod, and still worse for women and children. Later came midsummer, with the stifling heat, with the dingy killing beds of Durham's became a very purgatory; one time, in a single day, three men fell dead from sunstroke."

That's page 123 of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. To tell the truth, there were actually 2 books closer to hand, but neither Around the World with Phineas Frog nor My First Book of Sushi had 123 pages.

And if you're reading this, you're tagged.


Janet said...

Wow. The Jungle is hard core. It put me off hot dogs permanently.
I wouldn't mind hearing a couple of sentences from Phineas Frog.

Pete the Brit said...

Meme completed and blogged :)

KIMO said...

Extravagant Generosity supports the other four practices, helping the church fulfill its ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ in robust and fruitful ways, opening the message of god's love in Christ to more people now and for generations to come. How do you feel about how your church teaches about money? What values and themes guide your church's efforts to encourage giving and tithing?

From: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

MeesheMama said...

I can't wait to post mine. Look for it in a day or so. I couldn't combine it with my most recent post. (Oi.)

Lara said you guys had a good time at PAPA. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. Smiles and hugs....

Ali said...

"But when I asked her to cooperate with this little financial feature, she faxed me back a note saying she couldn't possibly do it: 'It's much too personal.' After I'd picked my jaw up off the floor, I felt a glow of respect for Ms. Paglia. We live in an age of spectacle and debauchery, but apparently discretion is not totally dead."
From: Social Graces: Words of Wisdom on Civility in a Changing Society
(don't worry, I haven't read this book - it just sits on my table as decor. God forbid I gain any civility - how would anyone recognize me?)