Charlie tagged me with the Book Meme that’s been going around:
- Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
- Open the book to page 123.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the next three sentences.
- Tag five people.
He says he chose five bloggers “who always have interesting books within reach,” but I’m sorry to disappoint. He caught me sitting on the couch with my two year old daughter, and the closest book happens to be the one she is reading–ok not reading, pointing at the pictures and saying “boy,” “there,” “this” (the last of which sounds like “dis,” apparently she doesn’t think much of the boy ;).
The book is The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes, and pg. 123 includes three comics. Replacing “sentences” with “text-boxes,” the sixth one begins the second comic, but I wont be mean enough to give only the first three lines! Here is the whole thing (uncommonly, this one works without the pictures, and is curiously applicable):
Dad: ‘Once upon a time there was….’
Calvin: Hold it.
Dad: What’s the matter?
Calvin: Has this book been a best seller? Has the author won a Pulitzer? Did the New York Times like it? I only want stories that come highly recommended. Are there any laudatory quotes on the dust jacket?
Dad: Ahem… ‘Once upon a time there was a noisy kid going to bed without a story.’
Calvin: Has this book been made into a movie? Could we be watching this on video?
If you want a more serious response, I’ve previously answered this meme here. I tag: