It’s the old Page 123 trick. Goes like this, sez she:
• look up page 123 in the nearest book
• look for the fifth sentence
• then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.
And he lays the geas upon me thus:
2. Steven Hart, because I’m hoping he has a copy of his book nearby, The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway . If not, he’s permitted to cheat.
Well, Lance, it just so happens that I do have a copy of my book nearby. In fact, I take it with me whenever I leave the house. Should I become lost in a killer blizzard while hiking through the Alps, the searchers with the cross-country skis and the Saint Bernards bearing casks of brandy around their necks will find my deep-frozen body curled around the book, stiff arms cradling it to my icicled chest, a contented smile on my blue-frosted lips. Too bad I won’t get to try the brandy, though I suspect that if you had some really good brandy on hand, you probably wouldn’t want to tie it around the neck of a big slobbering dog.
So, Steven, what did you write on page 123? Well, Steven, I’ll tell you:
By the fall of 1932, the diagonal highway — all 88,461 steely black tons of it, goose-pimpled with over two million hand-placed rivets — was nearly complete. The two bridge spans that straddled the Hackensack and Passaic river were finaly joined by sections of roadway, after months of standing alone. Drivers emerging from the depressed roadway through Bergen Hill still faced time-consuming delays as they were funneled down ramps at Broadway and Tonnele Circle, but they could see the future stretching away into the distance just before they made their descent.
So now I get to toss the meme around, like the Hydra’s teeth in Jason and the Argonauts. Woo-hoo! Let’s fling the memes and see what rises from the earth.
1. Aha! Over there, it’s Christian! You have a new novel, In Hoboken, about to hit the stores, Christian, so we’ll be indulgent if you want to use that for the meme.
2. What ho, Jeff? Wilt thou regale us with a selection from your terrific book Becoming Charlemagne? Or will it be one of those medieval poems you carry around? Inquiring myndes wishe to gnowe!
3. Come out from behind those shelves, Joseph, you’re not fooling anybody. A man who works at a bookstore should have no trouble dealing with this meme. You take too much time between posts, anyway.
4. Ron, you were bold enough to post Stockhausen’s “Helicopter Quartet” on your blog. Do something equally uplifting with this meme.
5. Geoff, those are some impressive random books from your library running along your blog. Share one of them with us — there’s a good fellow.