Imitation of Life (1959) . . .

I've been tagged by K's book meme thread: The Book Meme.

It is hard to establish what the closest book is to me currently, because I'm not certain what defines a "book".

The Book Meme:
1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I have to exclude House Bill No. 1 of the 2008 Regular Session as it does not contain five sentences on page 123. I have to exclude the phone book because page 123 consists of resident phone listings. Then, I have to use the oh-so-scientific method of reaching out my arms in opposite directions to determine which of two books is closest to me.

So, here we go:

1. Ground Transportation for the 21st Century, Dr. Frank Kreith and Dena Sue Potestio, 1999, The National Conference of State Legislators

2-4. "State governments can actively participate in the state's promotion of telecommuting for part of the work force, as well as implement telecommuting in state governments. An awareness of the advantages of telecommuting and its potential to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and fossil fuel consumption is an important step in the deliberations of state governments as they deal with transportation issues in the next century. [New paragraph] For telecommuting to work effectively as a traffic reduction measure, planning and policy efforts must be coordinated between various departments.

5. I hereby tag Jacob, Doris, EBeth, Steph T. and Big Dave.

1 comment:

Beorn said...

I had the same problem...what's a book? The MLA Hndbook for Writers of Research Papers has a bunch of example of how to punctuate and capitalize French names to meet MLA citation guidelines. So I eliminated that. Then I had an issue with defining "sentence". I was very liberal with the definition, including a multi-sentence block quote as part of "sentence" 3:

The closest qualifying book is on my desk thanks to my dissertation research.

1. Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, The AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering, Marita Sturken, 1997, U. of California P.

2-4. "The image of American helicopters landing Marines on the roof of the U.S. embassy in Kuwait City in January 1991 could wipe out the humiliating image of helicopters evacuating people from the roof of the U.S. embassy in Saigon in 1975. [New paragraph] The Vietnam Syndrome was an image of emasculation, a "disease" that prevented the government from displaying strength. Abouali Farmanfarmanian notes that the "travesty of manhood" perpetrated by the Vietnam War was reiterated in the Iran hostage crisis of 1979: 'The 1979 hostage drama left America impotent, unable to wield its might. The small, confused, rather desperate attempt at freeing the hostages led to a humiliating catastrophe in the desert near Tabas, Iran. While the U.S. army was looking pitiful in the sand, white American masculinity--since all the African American and white women hostages were released by the Iranian captors--was gagged, tied, and put on display for the world to see.'"

5. Sadly, since my blog is shuttered right now, tagging people wouldn't do much good. I don't think I ever had 5 readers anyway, though.

Cool meme--thanks for asking!!