The Closest Book Meme

I was just reading some posts on and thought I’d take part in The Closest Book Meme. So as a reply to Christian, this is mine:

Since I don’t have any real books (paper is deprecated), I opened the first ebook I found when browsing through the files stored on my mobile (lying directly in front of me, thus technically being the nearest book) πŸ˜‰

It’s The Short-Timers: The Spirit of the Bayonet by Gustav Hasford. After pressing page down for 55 times in fullscreen mode on my Nokia 9300i, I found the fifth sentence to be:

Civilians and members of the lesser services bleed all over the place like bed wetters.


  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

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