Sunday, February 10, 2008

Books, Books Everywhere Nor Any Word To Read (The 123 Meme)

Chris tagged me with this little ditty today...

1). Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
2). Open the book to page 123
3). Find the fifth sentence
4). Post the next three sentences
5). Tag five people

I once read Che Guevara's biography and was enthralled by his upbringing. Apparently his family members were voracious readers and visitors would have to clear books off chairs just to find a place to sit. Despite being pretty adamant about not stacking up a huge collection, my house is pretty much like that. If it's not one of the kid's picture books, it's one of my novels, or my wife's textbooks (she's working on her Masters in Literacy). It's the latter that was nearest me for this meme...

From Literacy in American Lives by Deborah Brandt, comes the following five sentences, found on page 123:

The church remains one of the important channels within African American society to provide what larger political systems withhold and to offer conscious alternatives to the hospitality and negativity that those larger sytems often deliver.

This chapter will continue to seek the presence of African American self-help institutions of long standing as they appear as enabling agents-- directly and indirectly-- in the literacy learning of ordinary African Americans. As we will see, the values of persistence and keeping whole-- which function as both practical and spiritual necessities-- favor some of the oldest aspects of literacy's historical development.

As for the five people I tag:
1. Jerry Supiran
2. Dick Christie
3. Marla Pennington
4. Tiffany Brissette
5. Emily Schulman

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