Friday Random 10, plus book answers

I meant to post some filler-type stuff before I left, but lab priorities took over that time. Anyway, my flight to New York was uneventful and I can post the filler now that I’m here. A Friday Random 10, and below the fold, the key to that post from last week with the first lines of favorite books.

  1. Fischerspooner, “Invisible”

  2. Feist, “Inside And Out”
  3. Belle & Sebastian, “I Love My Car”
  4. Björk, “I Miss You”
  5. Jawbreaker, “Sluttering (May 4th)”
  6. Franz Ferdinand, “Come On Home”
  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Restless Sinner”
  8. Nirvana, “Lithium”
  9. Ratatat, “Breaking Away”
  10. Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”

This one might have made for an interesting divination. Anyway, the books from last week:

  1. The gale tore at him and he felt its bite deep within and he knew that if they did not make landfall in three days they would all be dead.
    James Clavell, Shogun
  2. When I was about eleven or twelve I set up a lab in my house.
    Richard Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  3. A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy.
    Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
  4. It was love at first sight.
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22
  5. The call from dispatch is such a provocation it causes him to jerk the cruiser off the street and into a parking lot, slam the transmission into PARK, and just sit there, working up a major case of the red ass.
    James Hime, The Night of the Dance
  6. Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.
    China Miéville, Perdido Street Station
  7. Two hours before dawn I sat in the peeling kitchen and smoked one of Sarah’s cigarettes, listening to the maelstrom and waiting.
    Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon
  8. When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta.
    Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  9. The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory.
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
  10. The Creator sat upon the throne, thinking.
    Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth
  11. Of course Josh named all but four of them in the thread (and certainly knew #5 as well). I thought about including the second sentence of #4 to make it easier, but the second sentence mentions Yossarian by name—that’s too easy.

5 thoughts on “Friday Random 10, plus book answers

  1. Mason

    Here’s my random 10 for the evening:
    1. Fastball, “G. O. D. (Good Old Days)”
    2. The Cars, “Shake It Up”
    3. a song by Madonna who’s title I don’t know
    4. Enya, “Monsoon Chariot”
    5. Chuck Lucky & the Gentlemen of Leisure, “Dead Elephant Dance”
    6. Happy Schnapps Combo, “Pull My Finger”
    7. Pet Shop Boys, “Heart (Disco Mix)”
    8. Ace of Base, “The Sign”
    9. Talking Heads, “Gangster of Love”
    10. Split Enz, “I Got You”
    I’m not sure about an interpretation of the fortune this might entail, but track 10 is my clear favorite of this group, with second place going to track 7 (other mixes of this song are much better—in particular, the album mix, which has an especially cool beginning that the other versions don’t have) and honorable mention going to track 2.

  2. JSpur

    Here’s my book titles from that previous post:
    1. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
    2. Red Gold, Alan Furst
    3. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
    4. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
    5. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, Cormac McCarthy
    6. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
    7. The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes
    8. Cry Me a River, T.R. Pearson
    9. The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
    10. Libra, Don DeLillo

  3. Arcane Gazebo

    JSpur: I thought your #10 sounded familiar.
    Letters from the Earth is certainly one of Twain’s lesser known works, so I figured it would be a hard one. It’s a very funny satire of religion, and since it’s public domain one can read it online (it’s about novella-length).

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