1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
In honor of the very idea of passages and words thrown outward to shores unknown, from the desk's corner pile pull Gillian Rose's The Broken Middle:
And this then cast outward to friends and strangers both: Monkey Fur, Hidden Noise, Spurious, and Castrovalva. (Nods to the promise of The Space in Between and Le Colonel Chabert, where newness and prior enlistment in another cycle keep them out of tagging reach.)
'Irony' as this yawning rent of yearning, passing to and fro between interchangeable poles -- evident throughout the authorship -- is transformed . . . into the sober statement of 'irony' as 'the pathos of the middle . . . its moral too, its ethos.'
"I have been told that in Hebrew the words for knowing and insight have the same stem as the word for between." [Thomas Mann]
The famous essay . . . itself exercises irony as 'playful reserve.'