I was tagged over at SWOPeast’s blog, but feel it’s more appropiate to answer here.

Elizabeth Pisani tagged me. Quite an honor.

The rules:
* look up page 123 in the book that is nearest to you at this very minute
* look for the fifth sentence
* then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.

The book closest to me is what I’m currently reading Sin in the Second City (I’m discounting the grammar books and thesauruses, papers and news magazines on my desk).

The fifth sentence

What could be done about the plethora of nickel theaters showing lurid films like The Thaw-White Case and A Husband Murdering His Wife?


There were children congregating at these places! The newspapers printed scoreboards that tabulated murders and muggings, as if such crimes were scheduled like baseball games and horse races: a burglary every three hours, a holdup every six hours, and a suicide and murder every day. Women bashed on the head with pieces of gas pipe, coils of copper strung around their necks, a cloth wet with choloroform swathed over their nostrils.

Bonus: The concluding sentence in that paragraph “Easier prey than kicking a stray dog or beating a heaving horse.”

This was an interesting meme. Though I got in some good reading time on this book last night and am well past this page, I thought this was going to be a boring passage (relative to the rest of the book). Instead, I remember reading this shocking paragraph well. I physically flinched as I read the last two sentences.

I’m tagging the first possible readers who come to mind: Jessica (I know she’s always reading!), Lily, Casey and Amber.

8 thoughts on “123 meme

  1. I love Sin in the Second City! So interesting, and the writing style is great. Back in August, I interviewed Karen Abbott for a podcast, because she was living in Atlanta at the time. I’m trying to convince her to come to Sex 2.0.

  2. I’m enjoying the book a lot more than I thought I would. She did a lot of research and writes with understanding of sex work. She’d be a great addition to Sex 2.0!


  3. Elizabeth,

    If you haven’t read it, you should! This is an extensively researched book, but you know it only because you have a complete picture of the times. I admire the ability to put research together like this.


  4. Btw, I promise I will do this meme when I get home… right now I’m at work, and the only book I have near me is a boring JavaScript reference book. 😉

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