Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pick me pick me pick me

Since I am (like many of my people) deeply scarred by the repeated experiences of being picked last for ball games, I feel ridiculously honored that crankygrrrrrl tagged me for this meme thing: open the book you’re currently reading to page 161 and read the fifth sentence on the page, then think of 5 bloggers to tag.

Having just finished Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road last night, I'm between books. But the fifth sentence on page 161 is a doozy:
But the remainder of the journey to the apartments of the kagan partook of the labyrinthine tedium of a dream, and she was never afterward able to recall it, or to say how, in the darkness, with her last visit to the palace having occurred in her girlhood, with her mind disordered by the draft and the iron flavor of blood in her mouth, she managed to conduct the thieves, with accuracy and haste, to the heart of the heart of her world.
Isn't that first part great? "Partook of the labyrinthine tedium of a dream."

So let's see: who do I pick now?
  1. My honeybunch, of course
  2. S. is blogless, but she could probably respond creatively in her Flickr stream. Besides, this passage sounds like something she'd like: all Jamesian and shit.
  3. Cat, because I'm wondering if she's like me and most of the books she reads are less than 161 pages
  4. Stash Fairy, because I'm curious
You know what? I can't limit it to 5, because this is too much fun. If you're reading this, consider yourself the 5th person tagged -- especially if you're Jerry, Mary, Micah, Jacki, or Travis. And Matt, if you're not reading anything, put Bridget on.


--S. said...

Blogless S and the Jamesian Shit: if I ever write a novel, this should certainly be in the running for the title.

I'll see what I can do to oblige.

rcclive said...

omigod, don, i've never been picked to do anything before! can i pick you back??? eeek.

--S. said...

Well, it seems all the cool kids are doing it, so I now have the dubious honor of inviting you to visit, a new blog of the highest order.


Anonymous said...

I'm a delurking knitter who just wants to say that I couldn't put Gentlemen of the Road down when I began (and ended) it on Friday. What a fun read!

Michael said...

If you think that Chabon's long sentence is "Jamesian," then you don't know James (imagine that in Jon Stewart's voice, doing his "You don't know Dick [Chaney]" feature--[which he won't be doing for a while (thanx to the writer's strike)]--is that enough sentence digression for ya?)