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Sun, May. 30th, 2004, 11:01 am
Here's a new book meme-thing for you

This is actually Milorad Pavić's idea:
“For some books I use a kind of divination before starting to read. It is a very old procedure well known in the fifteenth century and earlier. You open the book by putting your fingernail inside and count down the number of lines on the opened page equal to the day (date) of your birth. This is your own life line. Read it and it could have some specific meaning to you personally. Never repeat this ritual in the same book.”

Milorad Pavić

So, from the book I'm currently reading, Iron Council by China Miéville:
"Jacobs had told him, in Lichford, beneath signs to Crawfoot and"

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
goblindegook

It's an acquired taste, Paul, you should try it. Just grab the book closest to you and take a long, deep whiff of its pages in all their papery, inky, gluey glory.

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
pgtremblay

I'm a slob in my real life, but a neat-freak when it comes to books. I hate bends in the spine (even in mass market ppb) and read all my books carefully, even lovingly. Maybe I'm afraid my prominant proboscus would somehow damage the book. *g*

But I gave in, and smelled my old Ellison's APPROACHING OBLIVION...and it did smell good.

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
goblindegook

Oh, I'm like that too. Damage one of my books and you got an enemy for the rest of your soon-to-be-brutally-truncated existence. And I used to be such a nice guy . . . :)

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
pgtremblay

Can't tell you how many fights I've been in with my brother over the shape of books he borrowed from me.