Friday, December 15, 2006

Nearest Book Meme

From Jack's new blog. . .jacksnonblog

take the book nearest you (my left toe was resting on it, touching is about as near as you can get i figure)

Go to page 123, type the fifth sentence.

"-----cruising along innocent as any pleasure craft, till you assaulted her, with your infernal rays."

Against The Day Thomas Pynchon

so far, it's a damned good read.


Blogger Pogo said...

Got the truffles this morning- MY GOD - of course now I have that moral dilemma - should I share them or not? Maybe with the missus, yeah, that's it. Thanks so much.

8:59 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

have a ball, pogo.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Marcus said...

"The house didn"t even look weird, as more hyperengineered passive solar houses of that era did."

The Long Emergency, by James Howard Kunstler

(Got the book from Shrimplate)

10:21 AM  
Blogger litbrit said...

"He knows what's about to happen, more or less, and tries to explain to the girl with his pitiful resources of gesture and language." --from Money by Martin Amis.

The book was on the top of my beside pile, waiting to be read for the fourth time; the book I'm supposed to be reading now is one of those execrable DSM IV-like mental health/neurology/deep-science thingies that make one realize how truly fucked we all are. Methinks I need to ditch it and get back to Amis.

6:03 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i usually rotate the books i think i'm supposed to read with books that are just something i want to read. i slogged through both pity of war and world of war by niall ferguson. they are brilliant. but dense. he has some very interesting perspectives on the 20th century and its conflicts. the pynchon is my reward for being dogged and learning something. now i'm letting my head play.

8:02 PM  
Blogger darryl said...

Hey man that looks sticky but good. Can't touch things like that though due to diabetes. Really sucks but there you go. Just wondering if you have seen this? The asshole Aussie has done it again. It was all our fault. Heard it befor?


8:45 AM  
Blogger konagod said...

I'm going to try this later. I'll have to go hunting for a book you know! :lol:

2:41 PM  
Blogger litbrit said...

the pynchon is my reward for being dogged and learning something. now i'm letting my head play.

Yes! You have to do that or you'll go insane. Or, in my case, -er.

I am in deep, scary love with Sofia's Mexicali Spice, by the way.

(Each of these beauties needs its own ZIP code.)

5:10 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i'm very partial to the sofia's mexicali spice myself. sofia is the 8 year old daughter of a friend in mexicali. since all the kids in my family have a truffle named after them she wanted her own. i take the ganache, add fresh ground cinnamon (that way the spice is more volatile and by grinding only the bark there is a better quality), fresh nutmeg and cloves. it is modeled on the aztec drink of royalty. and my dear, they are positively psychoactive.

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yes, i know you're not a bookworm like some of us kona. that's OK. you have other gifts. speaking of which, thank you so much for the CD. i was checking and there isn't a single song on that collection that is in my files. i'm ripping it down so they can go into the iPod. i used to sit in with the kids from nickel creek when they were all in the arts academy above palm springs. they have a great outlook and a bright future. and kris? now, there's a man. and a poet.

5:23 PM  
Blogger JackGoff said...

I plan to start reading my copy over winter break, along with The Road.

Pynchon is liberating I must say... :)

5:48 PM  
Blogger Missouri Mule said...

"Even the professionals had no one postioned to catch the field's early progress."

Man o' War A Legend Like Lightning

Voila! An unadulterated pleasure to read.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous shades of blue said...

"He has but a handful of men with him, and armies will be dispatched against him."
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexander Dumas)

What can I say, I'm a sucker for the old timers.

8:40 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yes indeed ms mule, and let us not forget those two noble colts he sired, Hardtack and Seabiscuit. and as far as the dumas goes, i'm a sucker for that stuff too.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous The TechnoBabe said...

I am reading "Seabiscuit" right now. Great writing and so interesting to learn about the lifestyle of the jockeys.

1:05 PM  
Blogger PeterofLoneTree said...

"In her right hand she holds the magic cylinder of the high priestesses of Odin, in her left the magic calendar that once depicted--I say, 'once,' because these sculptures unfortunately were vandalized by orthodox canons--the sacred animals of Odinism: the dog, the eagle, the lion, the white bear, and the werewolf." -- Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco

2:06 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i adored "seabiscuit!" it was one of the read in one sitting books. and peter, foucault's pendulum is wonderful too. i loved it. as a matter of fact it in my stuff well worth a rereading stack.

4:47 PM  

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