Monday, August 07, 2006

Due to Lack of Content

All you get today is a meme:

Grab the nearest book.
Open to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences to your journal with these instructions.

"The British global military triumph of 1763 was especially overwhelming on the ramparts of North America. But within twelve years, the northern half of the Western Hemisphere would erupt again, this time in a civil war that pitted Whig against Tory, splintering the great empire almost before the ink had dried on London's brave new maps. This new war, like the previous one, would have as its initial center the well-trodden warpath between Albany and Montreal."
- Kevin Phillips: The Cousins' War: Religion, Politics & the Triumph of Anglo-America

So these memes are always a little odd, in that they don't really apply well to all books. These lines are actually on page 124, since 123 is occupied by a chapter title (not a real sentence) and two huge single-sentence block-quotes by Gibson and Pocock. And anyway, if you follow the instructions to the letter, aren't you supposed to right sentences 6, 7, and 8?

OK, it's more than just a meme. It's a commentary on a meme. But that doesn't mean I'm not busy.

More later,