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New Literary Meme from Songs of Unforgetting

May 29, 2007

Like Riverlethe – I am not going to tag anyone specifically – Just let me know your answer either below, or by telling me you’ve posted it on your blog. Have Fun!

1. This one is the literary meme. The instructions are:
2. Grab the nearest book.
3. Open it to page 161.
4. Find the fifth full sentence.
5. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
6. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

“The bomb inside the goat…detonated about 10 feet from the truck, embedding shards of glass in his face (Lyke, 2004b, p. A8)” from the discussion box: Acute and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders – Understanding Abnormal Behavior by Sue, Sue and Sue.

Fun, no?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    May 29, 2007 11:18 am

    Well, it did say use the book that’s actually next to you. Since mine’s not that interesting, I’ll just post it here 🙂

      eval EXPR
      eval BLOCK
    The value expressed by EXPR is parsed and executed as though it were a little Perl program.

    Programming Perl, 2nd ed., Wall, Christiansen & Schwartz. 1996, O’Reilly & Assoc., Sebastopol, CA. ISBN 1-56592-149-6

  2. Ann permalink
    May 29, 2007 11:20 am

    We did this with our EFM online group – fun.
    p. 161, 5th full sentence of book nearest. uhoh what if the book does not have 161 pages? Here is what is on p. 49 (112+49)
    “Not only are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John viewed in some of the prayers as being at the four corners of our bed, but Columba is on our pillow and Brigid under the covers!” From Listenig for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Sprituality by J. Philip Newell. He is going to be in Jackson Wyoming at St. John’s Episcopal Church in June. Hope to get there to hear him speak.

  3. Eileen permalink
    May 29, 2007 11:29 am

    David – Eeew. The word parsed gives me hives. LOL

    Ann+ – I’ve heard that J. Philip Newell is very good. Hope that you get out there to hear him!

  4. Padre Mickey permalink
    May 29, 2007 1:28 pm

    In these respects I am unconvinced by Jensen’s case.

    Page 161, sentence 5, fromMontanism: Gender, Authority, and the New Prophecy by Christine Trevett

  5. PseudoPiskie permalink
    May 29, 2007 2:12 pm

    Hmmm. The closest book is Evangelical Lutheran Worship which arrived about an hour ago. Pg 161 begins with Prayers of Intercession. Finding the 5th full sentence is a bit complicated. I guess it would be “Have mercy, O God” which is probably very appropriate.

  6. Wormwood's Doxy permalink
    May 29, 2007 3:17 pm

    “He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps.”

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.

  7. May 29, 2007 5:15 pm

    “Researchers have observed many patients with various forms of aphasi, often following stroke.”

    Developmental Variation and Learning Disorders, Melvin Levine, 1999.

  8. Dennis permalink
    May 29, 2007 9:25 pm

    OK, you asked for it. The book usually next to my laptop it is. Are you sure you wouldn’t prefer something more interesting? OK. Fine. Have it your way.

    “The deficits do not occur exclusively during the course of a delirium” (DSM-IV-TR, 2000, p. 161)

    American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text revision). Washington, D.C.: Author.

  9. Dennis permalink
    May 29, 2007 9:26 pm


    I’ll trade you my DSM-IV-tr for your Their Eyes Were Watching God.

    I like your quote better than mine.

  10. Eileen permalink
    May 29, 2007 9:31 pm

    I keep my DSM IV-TR at home. It’s safer that way. LMAO

    I agree…so far, Doxy’s winning for having the best sounding reading material at hand.

  11. Catherine + permalink
    May 30, 2007 12:33 am

    “That was all–a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years.”

    pg. 161, 5th sentence down from the top of “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. Forward by Eudora Welty. ISBN 0-15-690739-9.


  12. Rev Ruth permalink
    May 30, 2007 3:19 am

    ‘The Marquis de la Taillade-Espinasse was thrilled with his new perfume.’

    p161, 5th full sentence from Perfume by Patrick Suskind. (Our Book Group are reading it just now and if you haven’t read it, you should. The description is incredible. But not for the squeamish.)

  13. Rev Ruth permalink
    May 30, 2007 3:26 am

    Sorry, that was page 162. Does this mean I have invalidated the whole thing? It should read:

    ‘But they could not escape scent.’

    p161 (truly), 5th sentence from Perfume by Patrick Suskind.


  14. Jane R permalink
    May 30, 2007 7:46 pm

    Damn, the nearest book doesn’t have 161 pages. Nor the one next to that.

    I’m going to go get the one next to the other computer.

    Here we go:

    “Seminaries were closed, bishoprics became vacant, and the number of priests declined (e.g., Venezuela had two hundred fewer priests in 1837 than in 1810).” (Religion in Latin America: A Documentary History ed. Lee M. Penyak & Walter J. Petry, eds. (2006).

  15. Jane R permalink
    May 30, 2007 7:49 pm

    P.S. Aren’t you glad you asked? :-b

  16. Eileen permalink
    May 31, 2007 5:30 am

    Of course I’m glad, Jane!

    I’m so nosy, I just want to see what books you all had near. Now I know.

    And Ruth’s happy accident has given us two tantalizing sentences from her book – and Ruth et al. have made my reading list longer once again.

  17. Jane R permalink
    May 31, 2007 6:40 pm

    You never know when you’ll need a good factoid about the declining number of priests in 19th century Venezuela ;-).

  18. Mother Laura permalink
    June 1, 2007 12:03 am

    Thanks, this was my fun. My answer is here.

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