“Random quote” meme?

You can blame Tim for tagging me into this meme 😉 But I find it funny, so here it goes:

1. Grab the nearest book.

It’s El Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges. It’s on my desk, roughly at 20 cm of my right hand. The edition is from Alianza Editorial, 1998, hardcover. Since the book is in Spanish, I will translate everything into English.

2. Open the book to page 123 and find the fifth sentence.

“I had wandered in circles; now I was one block away from the grocery shop where I was given the Zahir.”

3. Post the text of the next three sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

I turned the corner; the dark walls of the corner told me from the distance that the shop was already closed. I took a cab on Belgrano Street. Sleepless, posessed, almost happy, I thought that nothing is less material than money, since any coin (say, a quarter) is, in all fairness, a set of possible futures. Money is abstract, I repeated to myself; money is future time. It could be an evening at the suburbs, it could be the music of Brahms, it could be maps, it could be chess, it could be coffee, it could be Epictet’s words, teaching the forsaking of gold; it’s a more versatile Proteus than the one from the island of Pharos.

4. 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.

In fact, this book is the one that was closest.

5. Tag three people.

I would like to tag all my readers who wish to take part on this. Feel free to join me ;).


  1. Kathleen: Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for sparing me the details; I already feel the hordes of wicked leprechauns wanting to hunt me down… 😀

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