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That meme that I couldn't do yesterday

A couple of people on my flist did this yesterday, but since I hadn't brought any books with me to work (three newspapers providing sufficient bus-reading material), I had to wait until I got home.  Here's the meme, with my results (yes, plural, and explained below): 

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
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.

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Okay, the first book that came to hand when I sat down on my living-room sofa was The Vintage Bradbury, a book of short stories by Ray Bradbury.  Page 161 begins a story called "The Fox and the Forest".  Page 161 has one paragraph, and three complete sentences, with the fourth sentence trailing over on to page 162.  The final (fifth) sentence of the first paragraph is on page 162.  So, because I don't know which to pick, I'll give you both sentence #4 (the last one starting on page 161), and sentence #5 of paragraph #1 (also identified as the first sentence on page 162).

*wonders if it would have been easier just to ignore instruction #5 and pick a different book*

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Sentence #4:

"Newer and better fireworks scurried like tightrope-walking comets across the cool-tiled square, banged against adobe café walls, then rushed on hot wires to bash the high church tower, in which boys' naked feet alone could be seen kicking and re-kicking, clanging and tilting and re-tilting the monster bells into monstrous music."

Sentence #5:

"A flaming bull blundered about the plaza chasing laughing men and screaming children."

Comments

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jenni_snake
Mar. 25th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
This is a good demonstration of my love/hate with Bradbury - first of all, it's just such a wonderful rush of words, but when you stop to think of it, all that comes to mind is a jumble of confusion, a few rereads, and the tangental comment floating above it all that 'Why use an adjective to describe something when you could just as well use... two!'
aswanargent
Mar. 25th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
I wonder what Domi would say about Bradbury's style. How's your reading going, btw?
jenni_snake
Mar. 25th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
My Domi reading is not going at all. My other reading is only slightly better. My LJ reading, however, is fantastic! ;-)
lark_about
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
book meme
I am at work, so here is what I got:

"The crisis of the region's commodity semiconductor producers in the mid-1980s is attributable in part to distant, even antagonistic, relations between the chip-makers and their equipment suppliers (Saxenian 1990; Stowsky 1988)."

From Understanding Silicon Valley, edited by Martin Kenney.

If I had grabbed the other book -- I only have two in my office right now! -- I would have gotten:

"A committee can't do it."

So simple and to the point.
jenni_snake
Mar. 27th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Lol. So I'm guessing you work in management at Microsoft? ;-) My former boss would have liked the second quote... but only if it was followed by the line "because they're a bunch of idiots and never listen to what I say, and I don't see why I can't just do it and not listen to anyone, I know better anyway!" ... Woo. Sorry for the flashback there...
aswanargent
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Was he partial to riding crops? ;-)

Jen, meet my sister, Celia. Celia, meet Jen, newly back from Ukraine with tales to tell.

Btw, Jen, you saw that Yushchenko's party came in third in the parliamentary elections, behind Yanukovich and Yulia?
jenni_snake
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
She. And she might have been... she was partial to socks. (Don't ask unless you're willing to learn more than you wanted to know...)

Hi Celia! (And I'm intrigued to hear more California stories as well...)

Yushensko's party at third is no surprise - Yulia is technically the same party, she just formed a breakwaya block. And lots of people like her. Her gains are Viktor's losses. Also, ironically, Viktor's gains are Viktor's losses. Such is having a limited supply of names...
aswanargent
Mar. 28th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
Never one to resist a challenge...
she was partial to socks. (Don't ask unless you're willing to learn more than you wanted to know...)

Do tell. :-)
jenni_snake
Mar. 28th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Never one to resist a challenge...
(Oh, I forgot about this one... well, my (crazy)boss actually sort of befriended me in Russian class, and decided I was going to come work for her. Far be it from me to refuse a job, especially one sending me to Moscow! Anyway, for whatever reason, I became something between friend and little sister to my boss, which meant that I occasionaly got such sound advice as 'when you're with a man, let him take off everything but your socks' (she was perpetually cold). In the end, I ignored that advice...)
lark_about
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
No no, I don't work for the borg, I mean Microsoft! I work for a small investment company and my area is venture capital funds. I like to read about the business. I am always looking to better understand what makes Silicon Valley unique and why the venture business works so much better there than it does anywhere else.

Second quote was from "Hedge Hogging" by Barton Biggs, also an investment book.

I feel it would not be proper to bring the murder mysteries to work, you know?
aswanargent
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Nonsense! Research material. Just think how helpful they might have been during the coup. Untraceable poisons and suchlike. ;-)
jenni_snake
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
(Ah, sisterly love... And good alibis, too!)
jenni_snake
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
(No, no, you were right the first time, the Borg...) Hmm, I would never have considered that it could be interesting reading given than line, but now that you put it in context, sounds interesting.

It might not be proper to bring the murder mysteries to work, but it might be appropriate. ;-)
lark_about
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Ah, the difference between proper and appropriate! I am a wannabe mystery writer and I get many great villain ideas from my co-workers. Though not the current bunch, happily!
jenni_snake
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Though not the current bunch, happily!

That's good! Both for them, and for you! Keeps that nasty jail-time down. ;-)

And what are you still doing at work? Even your sister's gone home!
lark_about
Mar. 28th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
I was working late yesterday because I, uh, didn't get to the office until around 11 am. I really should not call myself "lark" because I am so not one!
jenni_snake
Mar. 28th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: book meme
Oh, I'm with you there. Definitely don't do mornings!
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