Monday, March 10, 2008

Desdinova tagged me with a book meme...

Here were my instructions:

Just grab the book nearest your computer, find page 123, then find the fifth sentence down. Type that sentence and the next three on you blog. Have fun.

I sound like a perv, but here goes:

"One who looks like an Eastern slave in her golden nudity, a fantasy-slave girl. It nauseates her and she bites herself, leaving tooth marks in her arm which are still visible when she gets dressed and goes home. Victoria Theatre is small, chanderliered and velvet-covered, but nothing can detract from the fact that it's a second-rate theatre set up in the colony to appease the expatriate community. The humidity breeds a mustard-smelling fungus on the heavy drapes and the padded seats and makes tuning the instruments a frustratingly daunting feat."

--The first line is funny, huh? The book is Breaking the Tongue, and it's about the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in WWII... so I'm really not reading porn.

By the way, what is a meme? What does that stand for? Blogger illiterate, here.

Thanks Desdinova! Good fun~


Desdinova said...

Wow! When you finally get around to doing the meme you really come through with a good one. Not sure what meme means though.

Michelle said...

I know, I fell off the wagon during the last two weeks. Now that we've got more daylight, I have a little more life in me.

The Ferber Family said...

nice book there michelle! ;o)

i didn't know what meme meant either so off to wikipedia i went... here's what it had to say:

"A meme (pronounced /miːm/) consists of any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that gets transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity. Memes propagate themselves and can move through a "culture" in a manner similar to the behavior of a virus. As a unit of cultural evolution, a meme in some ways resembles a gene. Richard Dawkins, in his book, The Selfish Gene,[1] recounts how and why he coined the term meme to describe how one might extend Darwinian principles to explain the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. He gave as examples tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, clothing-fashions, ways of making pots, and the technology of building arches."

so the saying is true.. you learn soemthing new everyday!

Michelle said...

so where's your meme?

Desdinova said...

Gay said...

Sounds like an interesting book, Michelle. I'll look for it.

Once when we were in Singapore we visited Changi, the Japanese prison for captured allied troops. There, we learned that the Brits were so arrogant of Asians that British intelligence told their soldiers that the Japanese could NEVER invade Singapore by land.

The reason? The Japanese, according to British intelligence, would not be able to walk through the jungles of Malaysia. They would not be able to see the paths because of their poor eyesight: THEY HAD SLANTED EYES.

We all know what happened. The Japanese walked and rode bicycles southward through all of Malaysia and took Singapore from the land while all the British guns were pointed permanently toward the sea.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing Gay! I'll let you know how the book goes! I keep trying to read it at night, but fall asleep after two sentences. Too much stuff is going on here.

Oh, and apparently people still think Asians have poor eyesight. A few years back, I was pulling out of Dillon's, and some lady in a truck yelled, "Open your squintly little eyes and learn how to drive!" I love telling that story because I still make jokes about it. If I saw that lady now, I'd probably kick her in the shins.