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A literary meem

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:

A horse, he came to understand, was missing. When any individual manifests behaviour of a violent kind it is worth asking what is being activated in the chart. If you knew of what your mind is capable, you would never cease to partake of its wonders-and its powers. In the Tarot, as in magic, the four emblems stand for the world itself and for human nature, as well as the act of creation (both the creation of specific things , and the continuous creation of evolution). With so many cultural creatures surrounding us it is indeed time to carry a few familiar dichotimies to thier grave.

#1 The Last light of the Sun Guy Gavriel Kay
#2 The dark of the Soul: Psychopathology in the Horoscope Liz Greene
#3 Conversations with God Neale Donald Walsch
#4 Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom- A Book of Tarot Rachel Pollack
#5 The ape and the sushi master Frans de Waal



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May. 19th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
The ape and the sushi master? O_O What's that book about? *s*
((Yes, I admit that my curiosity was sparked by the word sushi. But if that's the way I discover something new, then it's all good. *s*))
May. 19th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
it's perfectly ok, because the word Sushi Master was what made me want to buy that title even before I realised it was Frans de Waal. ;) (He is a pretty famous primatologist dude and I was a fan of his work at Uni)

I'm just going to copy the blurb for you because I think that explains it pretty well.

Are humans the only cultured species on earth? Or do animals actually far more in common with us than we would like to believe?

In The Ape and the Sushi Master , leading primatologist Frans de Waal argues that animals are capable of developing thier own sophisticated forms of culture, learning from each other's behaviour to maintina complex societies. Ranging from sushi restaurants to animal art, quarrelsome monkeys to teeth-cleaning orangutangs, this ground-breaking study will challenge our most basic assumptions about who we are.
May. 20th, 2004 06:58 pm (UTC)
Is it any good? *s*
May. 19th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
"We of the craft are all crazy," remarked Lord Byron about
himself and his fellow poets. She was going to be ok.
I had no job at the time and was living off the cruel joke
I referred to as my savings. Traditionally, Canaanite
religion was thought to have employed temple prostitutes
who had sex with worshiprs and priests in fertility rites.
'Goodbye!' sings her voice, for her body is already gone,
blotted into the unreadable darkness.

1. "Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the
Artistic Temperament"
2. "And I Don't Want to Live This Life"
3. "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
4. "Don't Know Much About- The Bible"
5. "The Crimson Petal and the White"

That's a fun one :D
May. 19th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC)
Who is Me Talk Pretty One day by? It sounds great.
May. 20th, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh lovey. That is David Sedaris! And there's at least one
great line like that on every page of every book. Seek
out Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Me Talk
Pretty One Day immediately. His new one is out June 1.

feeling lazy tonight so no quotes or italics ;)
May. 20th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet. "Seek peace" comes from the dinosaurs, a reference shrouded in the mists of their history. We are not talking about attaining Buddhahood here, we are not talking about achieving union with God. The grateful bookkeeper left the Society building at 2275 East 55th Street about 1 p.m. And then, again, very slowly, he said, "You...come...back!"

1. "Into Thin Air" Jon Krakauer
2. "Dinotopia" James Gurney
3. "Ethics for the New Millenium" His Holiness the Dalai Lama
4. "The Corpse in the Cellar" and further tales of Cleveland Woe" John Stark Bellamy II
5. "Ghosts of the Abyss" Don Lynch and Ken Marschall
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