Book meme

8 02 2008

I’ve been tagged by Amina Ae Sook: ”Umm-LOL-Cats”!!!

And Thanks. Pfffff…..

  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages) (I will add to this, for the visitors benefit: an english one)
  2. Open the book on page 123
  3. Find the fifth sentence
  4. Post the next three sentences
  5. Tag five people

Here is my book page:

”This work makes explicit the dislike and fear of female sexual power which features in the works of the period, the animal nature of femininity becoming literal as wel as metaphorical. However, in his notorious play Salome of 1892, Wilde expands his vision to equate female sexuality with destruction and death. One of his chief inspirations was Joris-Karl Huysmans’ description in A Rebours of Salome as portrayed in an oil painting by Gustave Moreau: ”the symbolic incarnation of undying lust…” . Moreau, inspired by Indian and Persian miniatures for many of his incandescent paintings, achieved the effect of emphasizing the dangerous seductiveness of Salome by the concentration of glittering colour and the play of light on her jewellery and skin (plate 7.9).” From: ”Art Nouveau 1890-1914”

I have to admit, I am really amazed. I look up towards my bookshelves, pick the first english book I see, and I get a quote that somehow just seems to be related to half of the stuff I’ve been reading the past few days, on several blogs, and the book I’m currently reading (in another room): Women, Art and Society. This is really weird!

Male readers: please explain why men are só scared of women. And what nonsense: ”emphasizing the dangerous seductiveness of Salome..” As if any man, anywhere, minds being seduced. Duuhhh. And what danger? Are we going to eat them? No, please, man-bozo’s, explain this, please.

And here is the painting this excerpt was mentioning. If you really did read all that arty-b…sh.t, you are entitled to see it:

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I now have a problem: I don’t like chain-mail. And I don’t know who to tag anyway. Tasmaniac has been pre-tagged by Lofter, (thank you Lofter; usurper) most blogs I visit are by really serious intelligent bloggers who probably will be irritated by being tagged by an upstart silly blogger like me.

Will you let me off if I give you a Manga-version of ”Umm-LOL-cats, Superhero-ine” Amina? (Just adding another dangerous, seductive, female to the universe)

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