Saw this over at Oz’s, decided to spread the viral meme:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool??? or “intellectual??? book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
So what was closest for me was How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton, ironically another cheeky Brit book like I mentioned in my latest grammar post. Page 123 is a chapter title page, so there aren’t five sentences, but I’ll post what I have:
How to be Filled with the Sound of Music
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. -Noel Coward.
Your ‘everyday speech’ example (over on my blog, in your comment) is a good one. This kind of use is just fine. The fair use exception also has a provison for ‘critical’ use of copyright material. Having looked at this blog (good job, by the way) everything looks like it is on the up and up. The book meme seems to amount to a reasonable use of material.
My concern with this post is with bloggers who take entire poems and other passages of text. There are far too many of them.
Thanks for the comment though, please come back to my blog.
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