Monday, June 06, 2005


I got tagged by Jeremy (
No, I Don't know how to properly tag.
Jeremy had been tagged by someone who created an alternative list of questions to the original Book Meme 123.5

Book Meme: 123.5
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. Do not search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Grab what is actually next to you.

I'm reading Buddha's Money by Martin Limon preparation for an interview with the author for the International Examiner or Pacific Reader. Usually I save detective or mystery novels for the summer, real vacation fare. Odd to be doing this as part of my job.…
Page 123, fifth sentence from the top. Well, the first word is "and" so I'll take that as the beginning of the first sentence.
5th sentence: "As the other policemen started to close in, I picked up more of the short benches, and then I was backing out the door."
Now what?
Okay I cheated. "and" is not the first word of the first whole sentence. Try again.
"Through a curtain of rain, I saw Ernied Fif Kang and Lady Ahn disappearing down an alley."
Curtain of rain. Okay, that'll do.

Jeremy's connection's alternative Book Meme:

1. Total number of books I own:
About 1300. That includes give or take 200 Dutch novels, 100 plays, translated and in original languages, 250 books on art, 100 literary magazines and poetry books, 25 issues of Granta, about 55 cook books and 35 children's books.

2. The last book I bought:
The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge. I started collecting her books back in Amsterdam. Every Friday I would go to the second hand book market at the Spui and peruse the stalls. This last one I found last Saturday at a garage sale on Fox Island in WA, for 50 cents.

3. The last book I read:
Oh dear. I read many books at the same time.
"Sightseeing", by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Great collection of short stories from p.o.v. of Thai American writer.
"Ho'olulu Park and the Pepsodent Smile" and "Tsunami Years" by Juliet Kono. Collection of short stories and a book of poetry by award winning Hawai'ian (Japanese American) writer.

3 a. The last book I finished reading:
Slicky Boys by Martin Limon in preparation for an interview with the author.
I had never read anything fictional about Korea. Slicky Boys (and others in the series) are written from p.o.v. Mexican American G.I. stationed in Seoul, a lot of swiveling going on.

3 b. The before-last book I finished reading:
"When the Emperor was Divine" by Julie Otsuka, which was the 2005 "Seattle Reads" selection. Seven years ago, Seattle Public Library initiated "What if all of Seattle read the same book?" SPL organizes all kinds of events during the month of May, the author's brought to town, to give readings and lectures, documentaries are shown etc.
Can't believe I wasted time counting!

4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
"TimeBends: a life", by Arthur Miller, my hero, playwright, social commentary, novelist.
"My name is Asher Lev", by Chaim Potok.
"Mercy of a Rude Stream", and any other book by Henry Roth. Whenever I'm in NYC he's with me.
"Sabbath's Theater", and (with exception of The Breast) any book by Philip Roth. The master knows how to make an unlikeable character likable.
"The Family Moskat", by Isac Bashevis Singer.

5. Tag five people and have them do it on their blogs:

Before I do that, I've got to learn how to tag.
Hoka Hey!
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