Book Meme

February 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm (books, neat things)

Fitness for the Occasion has tagged us with a fun little meme. The rules:

1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).
2. Open to p. 123.
3. Go down to the 5th sentence.
4. Type in the following 3 sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I’m tagging Wendy at Life With Buck, Cassie at Political Teen Tidbits, Infra at Skin::filter. No pressure, friends, though I’m sure you’re all up to interesting reading.

Despite appearances, Emily and I are in fact two separate people, so I’m doing this as Daisy. Emily, feel free to do your own and/or tag other people.

The book nearest to me is Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. I’ve been rereading it lately, it little gulps and snatches. It’s an incredibly important and beautiful book.

As we wrote in The Hannover Principles, “Recognize interdependence. The elements of human design are entwined with and depend upon the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale. Expand design considerations and recognize distant effects.” (123)

A convenient enough little segment.



  1. Emily said,

    Just inches from my left hand is The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz, which I’m reading for my “Transnational History of Fascism” class. Koonz explores the
    contributing factors of post-WWI German culture which allowed/enabled the eventual rise of Nazism and allowed/justified the execution of the Holocaust. Clearly, not light reading.

    From page 123, 5 sentences from the top:

    “Described by an instructor as ‘a challenging education’ (harte Schulung), these courses blended missionary zeal and military discipline in preparing participants to speak knowledgeably about racial matters in their home districts. Over a thousand SS men each year studied at the school. Recent medical school graduates studied racial science there before taking up positions in district offices.”

    -On “educational” programs implemented by the National Socialist Office of Racial Politics in the 1930’s which aimed to train “a veritable corps of ethnic educators.” More specifically, courses offered on a school campus near Berlin.

    Straightforward and, of course, unfortunately, not the least of the horrors to be read about in successive chapters for tomorrow’s class.

    I tag Moonbeam (should she come across this) and any and all others who’d like to take part on their own blogs or in comments.

  2. Daisy said,

    Yikes. How is that class, by the way? Horrifying, heartbreaking, both…?

  3. Emily said,

    Oh, it’s both. And then a little more. So…it’s good by my standards.

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