Friday, February 24, 2006

A New Meme

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx

Frenzied Feline started a meme over at her place and I like the idea of once again proving to those who say I don't read that I do indeed read. I just finished reading Abandon Ship! by Richard F. Newcomb. It's the saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the worst Naval disaster in U.S. History. Now, I'm reading another book.

Here's the meme:

1. Pick up the book you're currently reading, or if that's not available, the nearest book.

2. Turn to page 35.

3. Go to the 4th (or closest to it) sentence.

4. Post the sentence, book title, and book author in the comments.

5. Continue this on your own blog with a different page and sentence from the same book.

Here's mine:

Don Imus, who has made a career out of going back and forth between kissing the media elites' collective ass one day and blasting Dan Rather as a "psychopath mental patient...pom pom waving putz" the next, called me a "back stabbing weasel"on his radio show and compared me to Sammy the Bull Gravano, who, before ratting out his pals in the mob, killed nineteen people.

From Arrogance(Rescuing America from the Media Elite) by Bernard Goldberg.

Just for fun, I'm going to try to guess what kinds of books some of my readers may be reading currently. Let's see, now...

Poison Pero: A History of New Zealand or a Biography of some obscure Chinese emperor.

Tug: "Rivalries in Pro Wrestling, Then and Now", "75 years of NASCAR", or "Advanced Economics".

Lone Ranger: "The Adventures of The Lone Ranger" or The 99th edition of "Black History in The Republican Party".

Wordsmith: "Origami for Dummies". or a Thesaurus.

Mary (Freedom Eden): "The Golden Book of Transcripts"

Lores (Just a Woman): "Conservative Women in the Bible"

Tech: "the complete (works) of e e cummings" or "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" (for the 16th time.)

Little Miss Chatterbox: "24: Complete Scripts and Photos from Every #@*%&@ Episode."

Gayle (My Republican Blog): "The Sensual Dirty Old Woman"

ER (Erudite Redneck): "101 Little Known Facts about the Nez Perce Indians" or "Liberal Republicans and Conservative Democrats" (A very very short book) or "The Big Book of Contrarianism"

Ok. Now, it's your turn. Have yourself a field day.


Lone Ranger said...

Well, this is like being caught in the shower.

"There's some of us who ain't scared o' fire or flood -- or Scrapper Robbins!"

Roy Rogers and the Raiders of Sawtooth Ridge by Snowden Miller. copyright 1946.

You were close!

Mark said...

I was more than just close, I said "the kinds of books"! Way to go, LR, for playing along.

Lone Ranger said...

I actually have The Lone Ranger and the Outlaw Stronghold setting on my headboard.

Timothy said...

Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and place deach piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.

Moses... Genesis... the Bible.
Publisher... God
copyright 4,000 B.C to 100 A.D.

Well, it was the closest book... :)

FrenziedFeline said...

ROFL--funny book guesses, Mark, and just a little disturbing how well you pegged LR! ;)

I'm still in Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons, but I'm almost done. Then I'm going to check out some other titles by the author I've thoroughly enjoy "Ribbons." :)

"Do you want to be thrown to the sharks?"

From Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi.

jgf said...

"He'd eventually been cleared of the offense, but vindication came too late."

Dead Fall
By Patricia Rushford & Harrison James

Gotta love a good mystery!

Mark said...

LR, I aint skeered o' Scrapper Robbins, Baskin Robbins, or M. Brandon Robbins! LOL!

ELAshley said...

"It doused Clay's hand, amazingly hot -- almost hot as a freshly poured cup of coffee, it seemed -- and he had to fight off an urge to pull away."


--Stephen King, 2006

I rarely read King anymore. He's gotten so...... derivative, despite being a master of the genre. Very good book so far, despite a striking similarity to "28 Days Later", although re-envisioned.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Okay, this is awesome and hilarious. I loved what you picked for everybody, even me :-)!! I will definitely have to do something similar to this on my blog. Love it!

Dan Trabue said...

Catholic scholars rejected the false tradition that the Sermon on the Mount was only for monks and "the perfect," and that lay Christians need not follow its teachings.

Just Peacemaking, by Glenn Stassen

Not what I'm currently reading (just finished), but what was closest.

Sound about right?

Erudite Redneck said...

Dude. I would SO read any of those books you pegged me with. :-)


"Did Christ establish his ministry for this?"

--from Jean Henri Merle D'Aubigne, "For God and His People: Ulrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation," trans. Henry White, ed. Mark Sidwell (Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University Press, 2000; drawn from Merle D'Aubigne, "The History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century," 5 vols., 1835-1853, and Merle D'Aubigne, "The History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin," 8 vols., 1863-1878.)

Context: Zwingli had just been elected to the priesthood/pastorate of the cathedral at Zurich. His first marching orders were: "You will make every exertion to collect the revenues of the chapter, without overlooking the least. You will exhort the faithful, both from the pulpit and in the cionfessional, to pay all tithes and dues and to show by their offerings their affection to the church. You will be diligent in increasing the income arising from the sick, from masses, and in general from every ecclesiastical ordinance." He also was ordered to administer the sacraments "to none but persons of note," to concentrate on raising income, and to even hire someone else to preach and care for the flock.

The author then wrote: "What a regulation for Zwingli! Money, money, nothing but money," which led, then, to: "Did Christ establish his ministry for this?"

Goat said...

I wonder if spring gardening and planting books count, gotta love Ca. it is about time to plant snow peas and sugar snap peas. We turn green in winter, with the fog and rolling hills,I think of Scotland. Garden prep begins about now for those of us in sunny Ca., had to tease you, Mark.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Well, this is like being caught in the shower.

Or with your pants down. I'm always on several books at one time. Nearest one at hand is The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

"......" ah, forget it. It's like one long run-on sentence, and I don't feel like typing it, or cutting and pasting it from the internet. But it is Amendment XIV, in section 2 (could be in section 1, if I count a semicolon as the ending of a sentence).

Mark said...

C'mon Goat, don't be a wet blanket. What's your book?

tugboatcapn said...

"That said, taxes are a fact of corporate life, and as you will read later, corporate managers and business owners spend an inordinate amount of time making business decisions based on tax consequences."

from "The Fair Tax Book - Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS" by Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder.

Once again, Mark, your guess was eerily close.

Although it could just as easily have been one of the "Dune" books, a "Maxim" Magazine, a book of Drag Strip Math, or Jimmy Doolittle's Autobiography...

Makes me wonder if I am divulging too much personal information around the Blogosphere...

Jim said...

The dogs are barking at a man who is partly obscured from the camera's view by the smiling soldier.

Chain of Command - The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, by Seymour M. Hersh

Goat said...

I guess on the forefront would be Imperial Grunts or anything by John Paul.
Sidenote: I saw where the Vatican said enough to the "turn the other cheek" doctrine to the we have the obligation to defend ourselves. Of course the Bible is a click away now. Thomas Sowell's "Applied Economics" also draws my interest at this current time.

Goat said...

I have been studying the blogosphere of late, perhaps good literature would have been a better idea, it is quite a good way to catch a glimpse of america. Other than the Good Book, I have none cracked at the moment except gardening books.

Lores Rizkalla said...

Mark, this is very entertaining and funny. I think you pegged all of us. I have several books on women in the Bible.

But, here's what I've got:
"'Son of Adam and Daughter of Eve, hey?' said the Dwarf."

That's from the Fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Silver Chair by CS Lewis.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Wordsmith: I just got that book from the Conservative Book club and it is awesome.

I am currently reading "Life is Short--Wear Your Party Pants" by Loretta Laroche. Here is the sentence: "In fact, doesn't all the world around us feel more and more like a television tuned to Headline News."

Mary said...

Good guess for me, Mark.

You're close with "The Golden Book of Transcripts." I'm an avid reader of Little Golden Books.

"Mickey Mouse's Picnic" is one of my favorites. I wish I could turn to page 35, but it doesn't have 35 pages. :)

Sheila said...

Hmmmm.....A little embarrased here. The only books I've read in the last ten years have been professional books. I get too caught up in fiction and didn't feel safe. :) I mean fiction is like a drug for me. Can't pay attention to anything until I'm don't with the book.

So here goes;

"The country's abundant coastal region has shaped its national diet with lobster, mussels and clams, and fish of all kinds served in dizzying variety."

"Discover the Flavors of Peru"

h said...

OK, I'll play:
"All of these things are conducive to a considerable amount of homosexual activity among the teen-age males in the most isolated of the rural areas."
C.A. Tripp, The Intmate World of Abraham Lincoln, quoting Alfred Kinsey, et al., Sexual Behavior in the Hunman Male p. 457.
I'm reading what had been an "advance, uncorrected proof" so my cite may not match up with the book's final form.