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Phrase from the Nearest Book Meme

My entry in the “phrase from the nearest book meme” meme. November 11, 2008 (Armistice Day)

Why not? Via Code Blog by Kees Cook as seen on Planet Debian:

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Problem is, I have two bookshelves directly behind me and so I have two that are equidistant.  And arbitrarily I chose the closest books on the shelves that are arm-reach level where I sit.


“Remember kids,” he tells them sternly.

— Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

Not my fault that the author chose to put a full stop there.  Only because I am a nice guy will I give you the follow-up sentence at no charge:

“Don’t shoot each other.  Aim at the fragile, expensive stuff.”


The great hierophant, confronted with a thoroughly ambiguous symbol, is compelled, just because of his office as hierophant—that is, one who manifests the mystery—to “diminish the message to the dog”.

— The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley), The Book of Thoth

For that one, you are on your own.

That is all.

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