April 8th, 2004

music, ubergeek, michael

Book meme.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"Hiro's father, who was stationed in Japan for many years, was obsessed with cameras."
--Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

The meme doesn't call for it, but I'd like to add a bit of context...

"The top surface of the computer is smooth except for a fisheye lens.... Whenever Hiro is using the machine, this lens emerges and clicks into place.... Hiro finds it erotic. This is partly because he hasn't been properly laid in several weeks. But there's more to it. Hiro's father, who was stationed in Japan for many years, was obsessed with cameras. He kept bringing them back from his stints in the Far East, encased in many protective layers, so when he took them out to show Hiro, it was like watching an exquisite striptease as they emerged from all that black leather and nylon, zippers and straps. And once the lens was finally exposed, pure geometric equation made real, so powerful and vulneurable at once, Hiro could only think it was like nuzzling through skirts and lingerie and outer labia and inner labia. . . . It made him feel naked and weak and brave."
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