Got this via Planet Python: http://blog.dougalmatthews.com/2008/11/book-memery/. This is yet another stupid meme, that is amusing/interesting enough for me to follow blindly and do.

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

So I pick up The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Celtic Music by Fiona Ritchie. I didn’t even have to get up. It was sitting on the end table. Anyway, I was hoping it’d be the fifth line because the page starts with a end of a sentence. So, I started with the first complete sentence on the page. Here’s the sentence:

Ever developing on the bows and strings of musical people, the settlers’ dance tunes spurred the old-time fiddle and banjo music of the South, bluegrass, and rockabilly.

But if it were the fifth line it would be:

of the region, you may well argue to the contrary.

I like that better, so I’m changing rule 3 to: Find the fifth line. And I’m going to modify the second rule to: Open it to a random page. Here are the modified meme rules:

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