Thursday, February 21, 2008

Put the book back on the shelf - so say Belle and Sebastian

After months of somehow dodging and weaving this book meme, I have been sidelined by a tag from Jas. And since she asked so nicely, how could I refuse?

Grab the nearest book:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales - Oliver Sacks

Post the fifth sentence on page 123:

Either seizure-activity or a frontal-lobe disinhibition determine the horrifying 'reminiscence' of 'Murder' (Chapter Nineteen).

Post the next three sentences:
The theme of this section is the power of imagery and memory to 'transport' a person as a result of abnormal stimulation of the temporal lobes and limbic system of the brain. This may even teach us something of the cerebral basis of certain visions and dreams, and of how the brain (which Sherrington called 'an enchanted loom') may weave a magic carpet to transport us.

Mrs. O'C was somewhat deaf, but otherwise in good health.

Well, that's that, then.

I'm not quite sure what to do now, but I can tell you that I have heard the distinguished neurologist and celebrity rock-star author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, deliver the keynote speech at our program's annual lecture series a few years ago. He was quite a compelling story teller, but as I understand it, also a real prima donna and a bit of an arsehole with his excessive demands.

I'm not tagging anyone, but if you would like to do this meme, knock yourself out.


And in the shameless self promotion department, I should alert you to the fact that I have posted my almost certain to be final book review for the Winter Reading Challenge. Did you even know that Hard Core Logo was first a book? I didn't.

And yes folks, there will be a Spring Reading Challenge. I shall post my choices for that in the next few days, but a few spritely folks already have theirs posted.

And if you want in on the challenge, I'm pretty sure that our new lovely host, Dr Monkey von Monkerstein, is still welcoming participants. Check it out, reader dude.


BeckEye said...

That's a meme?

Here's one. Go pick up your shampoo bottle. Write down the fifth word on the back label. Do absolutely nothing else.

Ok, so memes put me in a snooty mood. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're cute when you're snooty, Beckeye!

I didn't really see where I was supposed to go with that meme, either.

Karen said...

You're a reading maching Barb! And I had no clue it was a book first. Interesting.

Gifted Typist said...

That reminds me, I'm only half way through my 100things meme.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's almost more like a book of poetry, Karen, and there are some major plot differences from the film. Good quick read though.

Those memes have a way of piling up in the to-do list, don't they, Gifted Typist? Don't sweat it (although you do still owe me about 70 tidbits about yourself, I'm counting).

Allison said...

Perhaps if we all did it we could string together one paragraph or something. I do like the idea of picking a random something and reading off it though. Closest thing to me is a bank statement...hmmm perhaps not.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You have a 123 page bank statement, do you, Al? Sounds like a problem in the making.

I do like the idea of stringing other people's line 5s together, in fact I was thinking the same thing whilst doing the meme. Perhaps sometime.