Saturday, January 14, 2006

Resistance is Futile


I can no long resist pull of the blog, I am being assimilated.... I got this from Dimitri Alexander's blog (and IF I could html I would have a link here - alas I am a newbie and cannot... which is also the reason my side bar is naked


Okay, this is how it goes
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.


This is mine:

y el perfume que baila de noche, de rodillas,
(and the perfume that dances at night, on its knees)

I'd love to put the whole poem - the whole book in...

the Poem is Desespediente (Disaction) by Pablo Neruda from the book Residence on Earth.

I admit I had two books to choose from, but the other was a thesaurus... (okay okay also a book on htmling, but forget that! oh wait Hamlet too (my desk is a mess....) I picked the prettiest....

12 comments:

Kathleen Callon said...

Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan":

"The banner at the head of the mast before them was thin air."

Gary said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Here is some advice for having lunch with monks:

- Take deep breaths and close your eyes now and then - they will be sure you are having a spiritual experience.

- If you have to mention their vows, stick to poverty and obedience - if you mention chastity, they might become uncomfortable. If they begin to look at you with lust, either enjoy it or quietly say, "Boys, I'd really like you to think of your mothers and look at my feet now." (This is advice an Indian mahatma gave me once ... not his feet of course.)

- If the conversation lags, mention that one of your favourite movies is Sean of the Dead. It may get a new conversation going.

- If they are not much fun to be with, ask them when they think the first woman Pope will be named.

- Be yourself of course.

Now, if they happen to be Buddhist monks rather than Christian, the instructions are different.

My 8 years as a monastic was based on Indian teachings - interesting time.

Gary said...

Oh yeah, I love Neruda, I gave one of his books to my 18 year old bohemian poet of a son for Christmas. I don't speak Spanish though.

Okay... I'm doing it live. I'm grabbing Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There (Travels in Europe). I'm turning to page 123... Now I'm on the 5th line - and it is:

"Some things are so monstrous as to be unpardonable."

Wow! Hardly humour Billy! It's tucked into in funny passage about Germany and Germans. Here's the line I wish was the 5th (still on page 123):
Here's what I posted on Julianb's site when asked to do this exercise:

Okay... I'm doing it live. I'm grabbing Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There (Travels in Europe). I'm turning to page 123... Now I'm on the 5th line - and it is:

"Some things are so monstrous as to be unpardonable."

Wow! Hardly humour Billy! It's tucked into in funny passage about Germany and Germans. Here's the line I wish was the 5th (still on page 123):

"One thing hadn't changed - women still don't shave their armpits - they all look so beautiful and stylish, and then they lift up their arms and there's a Brillo pad hanging there."

Editorial note: I don't personally find that offensive, but he his funny...

Callooh said...

Kathleen

before them wasthin air, ah my life story thus far....

Callooh said...

Gary,

um, they ARE Buddhist monks... poverty I got, obedience, well.... not so good at (okay lets be honest BAD at obedience).

if I take deep breaths and close my eyes I will doze off...

so if they look at me with lust winking and licking my lips would be "bad"? alright got that...

can mention Dogma instead? pleease? (did I mention I wasn't good at the obedience thing?)

this IS at my church, so I WILL have to behave myself somewhat... (nieghbouring faiths, part of the religous education program)

I'm fascinated by Indian teachings, funny you would assume I was talking about Christian monks (me not be christian and all)...

loved the brillo pads!

I LOVE Neruda too, and Mary Oliver as well - words for my soul...

DA said...

Ah, I think I know exactly what you mean Ann. We are Borg.. Blogsville is somewhat addictive isn't it?

I like Pablo Neruda very much, had to study Canto General for Spanish studies.. Not sure he is a Nobel laureate..

Callooh said...

Dimitri, Neruda IS my Spanish study - gave up on conventional methods. It says on the book "Winner of the Nobel Prize", but I'm not sure if that's the same...
The Drowned Woman of the Sky is One of my favourites as is his Love Sonnet XVII (I think, its on one of my earlier blogs)
as for blogging, yep slowly I am being assimilated...

Kathleen Callon said...

Hope all is well... I'm about to see if you have any new "pomes"...

Granny said...

I'm trying to find the callooh who commented on rocrebelgranny a while ago.

Dmitri thought it was kathleen callon but I just now noticed your comment on her blog. Looks like Dmitri (and Gary) visit here as well.

No big deal - I just wanted to welcome the mysterious Callooh and invite her back.

Thanks
Ann
ann.adams95340@gmail.com

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Kathleen Callon said...

Where have you gone?

Anonymous said...

Hi there ,here is my 5th sentence from page 123 of Animation Techniques ''The images of this film are a typical example of mixed media, with photographs, painting and deliberately dislocated collage. love from Maggie

Lenren said...

"He served 5 years in a Belgian prison under the name "Edouard Grau", came out to discover his empire had been looted." Richard Zacks " An Underground Education"