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1. Grab the nearest book. (Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.


"He says I mustn't -- not yet -- see his face or know his name. I'm forbidden to bring any light into his -- our -- chamber."

Then she looked up, and as our eyes met for a moment I saw in hers unspeakable joy.


This is from one of my all-time favorite books, Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis. It's a retelling of the Psyche-Eros myth, from the evil stepsister's perspective. It breaks my heart every time, and I love it well. Steve and I recently started reading it aloud to one another.

This book, like much of Lewis' writing, lives and breathes for me. Unlike Narnia, however, it has none of that pesky Xtian moralizing and theme. If anything, it's a pagan-oriented book. Not as good for children, though, as Narnia.

Date: 2007-02-05 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pullthestars.livejournal.com
I do need to read that book again. Thank you for the memory jog :)

Date: 2007-02-05 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] summerrose.livejournal.com
I was going to do this meme but then discovered that it would result in
To answer this question, all we need are the first and second laws of thermodynamics, plus the assumption that the engine operates in cycles, returning to its original state at the end of each cycle of operation.

which is not so interesting.
Thank you for bringing that book to my attention - I loved C.S Lewis' writing style when I first read Narnia, but when I re-read Narnia without a high fever, I found I couldn't get over the Christian themes and moralizing.
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I was going to do this meme but then discovered that it would result in
<blockquote>To answer this question, all we need are the first and second laws of thermodynamics, plus the assumption that the engine operates in cycles, returning to its original state at the end of each cycle of operation.</blockquote>
which is not so interesting.
Thank you for bringing that book to my attention - I loved C.S Lewis' writing style when I first read Narnia, but when I re-read Narnia without a high fever, I found I couldn't get over the Christian themes and moralizing. <emTil We Have Faces</em> sounds like it'll be an excellent read.

Date: 2007-02-05 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
NP. It is definitely an excellent read. :)

Date: 2007-02-05 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torquemada.livejournal.com
which is not so interesting.


I must respectfully disagree.

Date: 2007-02-05 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] summerrose.livejournal.com
Well, it helps to know that I'm a physics major. It's sort of like oh,the physics major has a thermodynamics textbook next to her desk. How unfascinating.

Date: 2007-02-05 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ichur72.livejournal.com
Blessed is the man who trusts in Hashem, then Hashem will be his security. Trust in Hashem forever, for in G-d, Hashem, is the strength of the worlds. Those knowing Your name will trust in You, and You forsake not those who seek You, Hashem.

I keep my siddur on my desk, in case it isn't obvious. ;)

Date: 2007-02-05 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tobeginagain.livejournal.com
וְהַנֶּ֜פֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר־תֹּאכַ֣ל בָּשָׂ֗ר מִזֶּ֤בַח הַשְּׁלָמִים֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לַה' וְטֻמְאָתֹ֖ו עָלָ֑יו וְנִכְרְתָ֛ה הַנֶּ֥פֶשׁ הַהִ֖וא מֵעַמֶּֽיהָ׃
וְנֶ֜פֶשׁ כִּֽי־תִגַּ֣ע בְּכָל־טָמֵ֗א בְּטֻמְאַ֤ת אָדָם֙ אֹ֣ו ׀ בִּבְהֵמָ֣ה טְמֵאָ֗ה אֹ֚ו בְּכָל־שֶׁ֣קֶץ טָמֵ֔א וְאָכַ֛ל מִבְּשַׂר־זֶ֥בַח הַשְּׁלָמִ֖ים אֲשֶׁ֣ר לַה' וְנִכְרְתָ֛ה הַנֶּ֥פֶשׁ הַהִ֖וא מֵעַמֶּֽיהָ׃
וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃

But the person that eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain to the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from his people. Moreover the person that shall touch any unclean thing, such as the uncleanness of man, of any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain to the Lord, that soul shall be cut off from his people. And the Lord spoke to Moshe, saying,

Three guesses as to which book is in front of me!
(The pages are numbered such that both sides of the page are numbered 123, hence the bilingual-ity.)

Date: 2007-02-05 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] monkeygod.livejournal.com
"Glance at this sheet, Harold. Knowing the principles of symbolic logic to begin with, I can look over this pictured equation with an apple at the left and a great many apples at the right, and thus realize it means that an apple belongs to the class of apples. From that I shall infer that the horseshoe-shaped symbol in the center means 'is a member of the class of.'"

... which sound like a math lecture, which it kinda is, until we add the next couple of sentences ..

"You think that'll work, honest? But, say, how do we know that you and I will land in the same part of the Faerie world?"

from 'The Complete Compleat Enchanter', by L.Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (some of the better schlock fantasy sci-fi from the '40s)

that still doesn't explain how/why its the nearest book to my computer desk though :P

Date: 2007-02-05 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] latvianchick.livejournal.com
В 1933/34 учебном году в академии обучалось 243 студента, а первый выпуск составил 17 человек. Даже с учетом контингента всевозможных курсов, которые организовывались на базе академии, число обучавшихся было далеко от запланированного. За все время свего существования УКПА подготовила для уральской промышленности около 400 руководителей разного уровня.

Date: 2007-02-05 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maastrictian.livejournal.com
"In a few sentences he had reduced the lectures to boring talks for a dwindling number of the unintelligent. The ploy had not been subtle but, then, I doubt whether he dealt in subtlety. I said: 'The name is familiar but I can't recall her.'"

_Children of Men_, PD James

Date: 2007-02-05 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gravitrue.livejournal.com
The way the adults reacted to us then is often the way we react to ourselves now, both positively and negatively. Think for a moment of the words you use when you are scolding yourself. Aren't they the same words your parents used when they were scolding you?

Date: 2007-02-05 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Oh, how true that is! Which book is this? Perhaps I should read it.

Date: 2007-02-05 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gravitrue.livejournal.com
"You Can Heal Your Life", by Louise Hay.
It makes an excellent complement to Eckert Tolle's "The Power of Now".

oh, and

Date: 2007-02-05 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torquemada.livejournal.com
"Similarly to the preceding question, trying to answer this query in thirty seconds or less can be harrowing for any candidate. Attempting to regurgitate everything the person has learned through library research and four previous rounds of interviews can make even the most organized applicant gulp. What counts, after all, is the individual's ability to synthesize mounds of information on the spot and prioritize key issues quickly."

Date: 2007-02-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cos
The nearest book is one I recently started reading. I'm not to page 123 yet, and I don't want spoilers :)

Date: 2007-02-07 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bess.livejournal.com
"In 2005, a pregnant woman living in eastern Australia who already had two children by cesarean told her doctor she wanted the third to arrive naturally. The doctor objected, saying it was not safe. And so, when the woman failed to show up for her scheduled surgery, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital reported her to child welfare authorities."

From Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy

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