requiem for a meme

Is a meme really any different from those horrible chain mails from my kinder days – “copy this letter 7 times, and forward to 7 friends within 7 days or YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK FOR 7 YEARS!” I would painstakingly hand-write 7 copies of onto my three-hole, wide-ruled notebook paper, and send off to 7 friends. That was a while ago, because I think stamps were only $0.23!

now, i’m quite certain that bad luck doesn’t apply to memes, so here’s one i snagged from the skinny epicurean, just to pass the time on this very slow afternoon:

1. grab the nearest book.
2. open the book to page 123.
3. find the fifth sentence.
4. post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Use what’s actually next to you.

the nearest book is on my desk – a work-related reference text:

“Consider a machine-tool company that wants to estimate the area market potential for its wood lathe in the Boston area.”

how utterly uninspiring, and i don’t even work in machine tools. so i have changed the rules for myself, and added a footnote:

6. if you are a gastronaut, then grab the nearest food-related book.

now that makes it more interesting. i pull out from my bag two books. korean cooking (something for my latest culinary endeavor – more on this later, of course) only has 96 pages so i turn to tony bourdain’s a cook’s tour:

“One of them built a fire out of a few sticks of wood and dried grass.”

i have yet to finish tony’s book, and sadly, i haven’t even read kitchen confidential, but once this horrible time-sucking thing called “work” gets out of my way, i’ll be able to catch up.

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