Phrase from the Nearest Book Meme

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.