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.
- Fischerspooner, “Invisible”
- Feist, “Inside And Out”
- Belle & Sebastian, “I Love My Car”
- Björk, “I Miss You”
- Jawbreaker, “Sluttering (May 4th)”
- Franz Ferdinand, “Come On Home”
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Restless Sinner”
- Nirvana, “Lithium”
- Ratatat, “Breaking Away”
- Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”
This one might have made for an interesting divination. Anyway, the books from last week:
- 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
- When I was about eleven or twelve I set up a lab in my house.
Richard Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
- A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy.
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
- It was love at first sight.
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
- 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
- Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.
China Miéville, Perdido Street Station
- 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
- 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
- The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory.
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
- The Creator sat upon the throne, thinking.
Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth
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.