book meme
2008-10-11 16:54:24 ET

Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

William S. Burroughs - The Cat Inside

(the following concerns the sand fox)

He has eaten an egg and skittered away. The bolder ones prey on young birds all hairless in the nest. Quick and furtive, he sneaks in with a worm in his teeth and they think it's Mother there with the worm and open their little yellow mouths. He bites through the throat and sucks the blood avidly, tearing off mouthfuls of breast, his eyes shine with joy, blood on his little black snout and his little white needle teeth like a greedy schoolboy tearing into a sweet. Almost disgusting. Redeemed by beauty and innocence he belches, spewing strawberry sauce across the headmaster's shirt.

"I say, I'm awfully sorry and all that rot."

the next nearest book was...

Thomas Ligotti - Teatro Grottesco
from The Clown Puppet

'This will be the night of another visit.' In the new light (the rich reddish-gold illumination) the interior of the medicine shop took on the strange opulence of an old oil painting; everything became transformed beneath a thick veneer of gleaming obscurity. And I have always wondered how my own face appears in this new light, but at the time I can never think about such things because I know what is about to happen, and all I can do is hope that it will soon be over.

After the business with the tinted illumination, only a few moments pass before there is an appearance, which means that the visit itself had begun. First the light changes to reddish-gold, then the visit begins. I have never been able to figure out the reason for this sequence, as if there might be a reason for such nonsense as these visits or any particular phase of these visits. Certainly when the light changes to a reddish-gold tint I am being forewarned that an appearance is about to occur, but this has never enabled me to witness the actual manifestation, and I had given up trying by the time of the medicine shop visit.
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recent musician of interest
2008-10-04 21:42:55 ET


2008-09-21 10:54:00 ET

a hole in my toe
2008-09-17 19:12:03 ET

oh shit what are you doing to your toe

Earlier this year, I had a blister develop on my toe. It went away with time, but a mark was left. Eventually, this mark apparently turned into a small opening. I glanced on it with some curiosity for a while, but did nothing with it. Today though, I was bored and examined it with a needle (safety pin near me). To my discovery, a tiny tunnel of dead skin was left behind. I dug through this for a bit, and eventually found the needle sticking out on the other side. And thus a hole was created in my toe.


2008-09-14 10:35:49 ET


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