First Lines Meme

I saw this meme over at Incurable Logophilia. The idea is to post the first sentence of each month from your blog. Here goes:

January: It begins… (how appropriate)

February: Thanks to Gardner’s Art Through the Ages I now know why the lamassus (human-headed winged bulls or lions) I saw as a kid at the British Museum and Louvre have five legs (they were made to look “right” from the front or the side but not from an angle).

March: Yes, I’m afraid it’s another Bible post.

April: Check out this amazing animation of the Bayeux Tapestry.

May: Get Caught Reading literacy campaign (preceded by a picture of Gloria Estefan reading Don Quixote)

June: Separated at birth? (worth revisiting)

July: OK, can we get back to the soccer now?

August: “…it was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had by nature nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, baseball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books—or at least books of information—for, provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all. “

September: “Pour mon Âme” – La Fille du Regiment – Donizetti (preceded by a video of Pavarotti singing a whole slew of high C’s)

October: FIFA has handed out their awards for the best players and teams of the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

November: I happened into a book store today and the spirit of Chilean literature led me to a copy of The Poetry of Pablo Neruda.

December: “His nature was too large, too ready to conceive regions beyond his own experience, to rest at once in the easy explanation, ‘madness,’ whenever a consciousness showed some fullness and conviction where his own was blank.”

Anyone else want to play?


6 comments on “First Lines Meme

  1. Imani says:

    I will, I will! But I must rumble up a respectable post first before I do another meme. So the blogging gods tell me.

  2. Stefanie says:

    I will have to play too. But, like Imani, I have at least one other post to do first.
    And why am I not surprised that two soccer opened a month twice? 🙂

  3. Dorothy W. says:

    Nice variety of stuff here! I'll have to do this too … soon.

  4. Danielle says:

    I'll play along, too, though I have a feeling my sentences won't be terribly inspiring! 🙂

  5. verbivore says:

    Am so glad you joined in the fun. I love the March line.

  6. xensen says:

    Here are mine from I'm afraid they're not that compelling. I'm a little terser than I realized, and more self-referential than I would like.
    How can it not be merry? … Sista Annie will like this one. … Since getting back from the Yucatan I’ve been trying to catch up on my feeds. … No, wait, it’s a camera. … Interesting. … Previously I wrote about how I had segmented off my Northern Californiana and Mesoamerica material into separate blogs (Frisco Vista and Buried Mirror respectively). … Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project involves rearranging the titles from a single collection in conceptual clusters. … Publishers Weekly compares three book cataloguing sites:, and … I’ve been a little under the weather, and I haven’t been able to keep up very well with e-mails and comments. … Since a big deal is being made about supposedly disappearing hyphens, let’s apply a little perspective to the discussion. … I’m in the beginning stages of designing a new book about Persian ceramics. … Above: The Martyrdom of Nicholas 2, 2007, colored pixels, by Thomas Christensen and the master of Saint-Austremoine-Issoire.

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