Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Meme: your nearest book

AVPS has tagged me in a book meme and I thought I'd give it a go. The meme is to pick sentences six to eight on page 123 of the nearest book, write them down, and then tag five others with the meme. I will not, of course, be tagging others in accordance with my usual practice - although you are welcome to tag yourself in the comments.

Whilst AVPS's selection contains the delightful "It then becomes possible to proclaim a completely rhetorical and mystifying subjectivism-voluntarism." mine appears to be less high brow, and rather clunky (which may or may not be the fault of the translation);

"As he kissed, a sudden sharp pang struck within him and he breathed in sharply, withdrawing. A sudden, darkly powerful sense of guilt had struck home; he responded pruidishly, tearing himself from her arms."
Taken from The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh.

Bao Ninh served with the Glorious 27th Youth Brigade during the American War in Vietnam. Of the five hundred who set out to fight Bao Ninh was one of only ten survivors.


Matt Sellwood said...

'Ferguson changed his mind about retiring and it remains to be seen whether he will be allowed to stay on in some capacity after his retirement and whether he will have a say in the choice of his successor. What is certainly true is that in this age of too few great managers for too many jobs, those few managers are increasingly able to control their own working lives. THe elite band can decide when and if they want to move on, and the timing of that move.'

The 90 Minute Manager (David Bolchover and Chris Brady)

Jack Ray said...

"At the same time, employment and labour unrest in services has been growing worldwide and will likely continue to grow in the future. Because of the heterogeneity of services, the impact of the rise of service employment on workers' overall average bargaining power is not easy to summarize. On the other hand, we have argued that some of the most rapidly expanding service industries (eg. aviation) endow their workers with considerably bargaining power, while others (e.g. the education industry and producer services) are far more impervious to spatial fixes(geograpical relocation) than most manufacturing industries"

Beverley Silver, Forces of Labor (one of the more clear-headed and concise books on economics I've read)

weggis said...

Is this some sort of trick?

I have now looked at three books and none of them run to a sixth sentence on page 123. And no, they are not Rupert Annuals.

I give up.