Thursday, April 24, 2008


I've been tagged by my friend Sara who has a blog called AND THE COW SAID MOO.
I'm not sure what tagging means but she sent me some rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.

2. Open to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Here goes:

This is from Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov. He spent 17 years at hard labor in Siberia. This is a book he wrote about that.

"You've been exposed, Merzlakov," the neuropathologist said. "But I put in a good word fror you to the head of the hospital. You won't be retried or sent to a penal mine. You'll just have to check out of the hospital and return to your previous mine--to your old job."

I'm supposed to tag people now, 5 of them. I'm going to tag 5 people who have absolutely no time for this: Marty Williams, Tania Rochelle, Jeff Newberry, Joe Glaser, Linda Calendrillo.
Nothing's easy. That's the moral of Shalamov's book and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Tadeusz Borowski's This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Life tests us and we always fail, and the penalty is always the same.
Don't ask.


Tania Rochelle said...

I LOVE being tagged!

Geo-B said...

jeez, I would absolutely hate it.

Marty said...

I'm tagging you, too, John. Hope the move went well, and I'm only sorry we didn't have time to get that last coffee. Maybe we'll meet in Biloxi.