Monday, June 19, 2006

Five-Book Meme

I'm new to the meme thing, so forgive me if this one is old news.

With Poetry Thursday just a few days away, I'm using the meme as a writing prompt to limber up.

Five-Book Meme
1. Take five books off your bookshelf.

2. Book #1 -- first sentence
~ Different Hours, Steven Dunn

3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page 50
~ Money, A Memoir, Liz Perle

4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page 100
~ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris

5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page 150
~ Guerrilla Marketing for Free, Jay Conrad Levinson

6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
~Hip Logic, Terrance Hayes

7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:

Sunsets, incipient storms, the tableaus of melancholy--maybe these are the Saturday night-events to take your best girl to. In September 1958, credit cards arrived uninvited in the mailboxes of some sixty thousand residents of Fresno, California.

"Well, I didn't say it to him," my father said.

But I'm hoping you'll overlook this indiscretion on my part and let me off the hook because this idea is so winning and so simple. If you ever tell my story, say that's the year I was born.

Okay. Interesting. So what's on your bookshelf?

Thanks to The Daily Meme.


Lynn said...

There's a site called "The Daily Meme"? How out of the loop am I?

deirdre said...

This is great. Thanks for the link. Just what I need, something else to keep me glued to the computer! David Sedaris makes me howl with laughter and then immediately start crying. I haven't read his books, but own a couple on CD.

Jennifer said...

what a great meme!

Delaleuverses said...

Ooooooooh I love this idea. Well, in my bookshelf I have Ben Okri...The Famished Road, his words are vibrant and artistic, I'll have to get back to you with my list. I enjoyed reading this post, great idea.

January said...

Lynn: I just came across The Daily Meme a few weeks ago so I thought it would be a good time to experiment.

Deirdre: I love David Sedaris. This book will be my summer reading on vacation in July.

Cathy: I'll have to look up Ben Okri. Thanks--I love discovering new writers.

Writing Blind said...

Oh, I love this, thanks for posting it. I wonder if I did this with my own work if it would come out half as good.

Sangindiva said...

A TRUE writer! (I'm a 1st time visitor! yay!)
I have never even heard of the books you mentioned
*ducking down in shame*
I would like to know what each of the senteces that you mentioned say. Did they mean something to you?
Change your life in some way?
oooh DO tell!

January said...

Hi sangindiva! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I like this book meme because it asks you to take random lines and make them into something that makes sense. While the books mean something to me, the individual lines don't. I do hope you'll look up the books I mentioned and read the descriptions--maybe you'll find something you like.

You should try the meme--take five random books out of your collection, then follow the directions for each book.

Looking forward to visiting your blog very soon!

bb said...

We all need this link - thanks for sharing January! And your result is so intriguing - I'm intersted to know if it inspired you to write something.

January said...

Sadly, this did not inspire me to write, but it did give a push to try this meme again and other memes as writing exercises. When I find one I like, I'll be sure to post.


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