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Šťastný nový rok

Happy and prosperous new year to all! NvB is still writing after a safe and sound arrival on the homeside of the pond. (The journey wasn't so bad except for the lavatories on the 747, the lines at ORD, and the Becherovka, but maybe I'll tell that story some other time. In a nutshell, I don't recommend flying from Europe to North America on United.)

It seems that I've been drawn into a blog meme by Brian:

Find the nearest book.
Turn to page 123.
Go to the fifth sentence on the page.
Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog.
Name the book and the author, and tag three more folks.

. . . "Who controls the means of production?"

"How you have the little formulas," he cried at me. "But to change mankind. How're you going to do that? It's the bureaucrat you despise who's got the job."

Barbary Shore (1951) by Norman Mailer.*

Tagging Alex, Joe, and Karla.

P.S. - I'm planning to continue NvB, albeit at a reduced pace, while I pick up the pace on my dissertation work. But if I'm too slow for you, don’t hesitate to contact me by email. Or, if you need your fix of Czech news, follow one of the links on the right-hand sidebar. Along those lines, you might peruse the Prague Monitor online, a source of English-language Czech news. In spite of its slightly Prague-o-centric title, you will find fresh news and views there while NvB continues to provide the off-center commentary from the Moravian lowlands.

*Nothing wrong with starting the year with a Cold War novel and idealist Marxism. But speaking of the means of production, I was surprised to find out that Mailer is alive and (this is the surprising part) blogging! He contributed a few times to the Huffington Post a while back. It's rumored that he'll have a new novel out this month.


Blogger Pam said . . .

Good luck getting readjusted to stateside life. Stay away from megamarts and shopping malls until you're good and ready...    

4:16 PM, January 08, 2007

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