Page 123, Fifth Sentence

Last week Paul at Velcro City Tourist Board tagged me with a meme. The instructions:

To participate, you grab any book, go to page 123, find the fifth sentence, and blog it. Then tag five people.

Simple enough, I thought. The first book I tried, of course, was our own Illuminations. How could I not? Unfortunately the fifth sentence on page 123 is the last line of a story. It didn’t seem too fair to post that, so next I tried a book I loved after being introduced to it at university, Gillian Rose’s Love’s Work.

‘Agoraphobia’ is usually defined as fear of wide open space, but the word, more closely observed, is specific.

That didn’t quite work on its own. Curses. Next I tried The Philosophy of Punk: More Than Noise by Craig O’Hara:

Clearly, the Punk ethic of individualism must take a back seat when thinking of global preservation terms.

Clearly! But again, this seemed a little lacking. Deciding to continue this politicised take on the meme, I next tried William Blum’s Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower:

It may be further relevant that a detailed study of the first one-and-a-half years of the Chemical Convention’s life has shown that Washington’s record in complying with the Convention has been remarkably dismal, setting a rather bad example for other nations.

Hmm. Out of context, this sentence lacks punch. It’s the concluding line of a chapter, almost an aside. My offering for this meme must be superior, I felt. It must bear the weight of profundity; nothing less. Hmm. Let’s try I And Thou by Jewish Austrian philosopher Martin Buber:

He who tries to think out a synthesis destroys the significance of the situation.

…ah. Good point. Best stop with my particular take on the meme, then.

I tag… oh, I’m useless with this. It’s a cop-out, but how about “whoever wants to do it”? I don’t want to tag people who detest memes. Leave a comment and I’ll link you up…

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