#603: THE PAGE 123 BOOK MEME

I'm not given to meme, but then I am rarely tagged for these things. Now I am of the tagged variety, thanks to LindaC. Here are the meme's rules:

  1. Grab the book closest to you.
  2. Open it to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
  3. Post the next three sentences on your website.
  4. Name the book and its author.
  5. Tag three people to do the same.

This meme actually proved difficult. The rules seemed simple enough, and I started the exercise confident in my ability to grab a book and open it to the appropriate page. Who wouldn't be confident in their ability to grab and open books to appropriate pages in a house that looked like this when we moved in?

too many books 1

So, I reached out with my right hand and grabbed Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method by Daniel Scott Tysdal. I flipped through it to the end, only to discover that it is forty-six pages short of the required one hundred and twenty-three. So, I reached out with my left hand and grabbed The New Way Things Work, except that ours is not new and actually came out in 1967. I thumbed through to page 123 and came upon this:

The Way Things Work, page 123


Since there were no actual sentences on that page, I gave myself permission to pick another nearby volume. The next nearest books were a telephone book and Let's Go Europe 2007. Page 123 in the travel guide only offered up a dry rundown of local transportation in London. To wit: "See this guide's color maps. Buses are divided into 4 zones. Zones 1-3 are identical to the Tube zones." Ouch. I know I'm not supposed to search around for the most fascinating thing that will leave you thinking me brilliant and fascinating and nice-smelling, but my bad luck was ridiculous. When I next reached into the desk drawer and pulled out a checkbook bearing instructions for ordering more of its kind, I added an addendum to step 1 that states: If you are not near any books or the books you are near do not adequately fulfill the spirit of this meme, go to your nearest bookshelf, close your eyes, and swing your hands around until they hit a book with at least one hundred and twenty-three pages.

Thanks to my addendum, I have finally completed the task of this meme.

The book I found? Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry, Volume Two. The poem on page 123? "study 2: the role of the tongue" by Ernst Jandl. Due to a lack of punctuation in the poem, I decided what and how many lines constituted sentences and counted accordingly. Also, I couldn't decide if this meme's rules wanted me to post the fifth, sixth, and seventh sentences or the sixth, seventh, and eighth sentences; I chose the latter:

that way it licks or flicks or licks things out
by means of the saliva it stays wet
you can accidentally bite it off

Just as I am not normally given to meme, I am also not normally given to tag, but seeing as I've memed, I might as well tag. Saviabella, Victoria, and TB, I wish you better luck.

Elan Morgan5 Comments