I’m a bit picky about memes, since I treat Mind on Fire as a topical blog, and not a personal one, but it’s hard for me to pass up this book-related blog meme from Zach (the coolest nontheist Quaker you’ll ever encounter, on line or off). Here are the rules;
- Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
- Find page 123
- Find the first 5 sentences
- Post the next 3 sentences
- Tag 5 people
Here’s my excerpt (I lucked out and got a super run-on sentence rich in description):
The smell is of our own flesh, an organic smell, sweat and a tinge of iron, fro the blood on the sheet, and another smell, more animal, that’s coming, it must be, from Janine: a smell of dens, of inhabited caves, the smell of the plaid blanket on the bed when the cat gave birth on it, once, before she was spayed. Smell of matrix.
“Breathe, breathe,” we chant, as we have been taught.
From Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which I’m reading for the Feminist SF segment of my graduate directed readings in Science Fiction and Religion.
I’m tagging bloggers who are likely to have an intriguing text on hand:
I look forward to reading your responses!