Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Book Meme 123.5

By way of Decoys.

  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 both there is a complete lack of sense of time."
Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. New York: Avon, 2006.

Feel free to play along in the comments below.


  1. "Mr Baillie told me that newborn children are generally the colour of claret; sometimes, he said, they may be as dark as port-wine but this child was, to all intents and purposes, black."
    -- Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu

    The last time I did this, it was Writing and Difference, and the sentence defined différance. The difference, friends, between term-time and lovely, splendid, not-to-be-over-praised pre-term lulls.

    I'll make this comment a combo deal and 1) commend you for appearing thrice in my reader today, and 2) admonish you for not posting more frequently in the hope that 3) you will get the hell back on the wagon. Or off, as the case may be. In any event, more of you, please!

  2. "Here we note that our heart-mind-body gathers thought in response to the gathering of things, the things that are of deep and intimate concern to us."

    Stenstad, Gail. Transformations: Thinking After Heidegger. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press. 2006

  3. Neophyte, thank you for your very kind comment. I'm touched. I had no idea my posts might be missed. For you, I will make a special effort to post more often. For today, though, you'll have to make do with a very silly post about pirates.

  4. This is a fun game.

    "And it was then, still distractedly watching those glowing televisions in the windows of the building across the way, that I was struck by the presence of a television glowing all alone in a deserted living room, with no human presence visible before it, a phantom television in a sense, disseminating images in the emptiness of a sordid living room on the fourth floor of the building across the way, with an old gray couch half visible in the dimness."

    Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Television.

  5. "It was still the time of blood and iron."

    A short history of World War II
    James Stokesbury

  6. "'Existential', in contemporary English, ranges between a relatively old general meaning (probably from lC17, certainly from eC19) and a set of relatively new meanings derived from the philosophical tendency of 'existentialism'."

    Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, (1988; orig. 1976)

  7. "If all the work of the term has been done in groups, two possible outcomes are possible."
    --McKeachie, Wilbert j. McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers.Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.