Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I've Been Meme'd (Book Version)

Over at Muzings, Muze got memed with a neat little book thingy and passed it on to me. Keeping mind that my computer perch in the living room is about as far away from the studio (which doubles as library) as it can be, I'm lucky there's anything around at all! Here we go. First, the rules:

1. Pick up the closest book of 123 pages or more
(No cheating.)
2. Find page 123
3. Find the first five sentences
4. Post the next three sentences
Now, here's my entry:

Vine, Phyllis (2004). One Man's Castle: Clarence Darrow in Defense of the American Dream. Amistad/HarperCollins. New York.
Whatever inspiration led him to compose over two hundred tunes for Broadway with his brother, Rosamond, had dwindled. He never returned to the stage, nor did he resume managing the national and international performances for the team, Johnson and Cole. And as a writer, he remained an unknown quantity because his first novel, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, had been published anonymously.
The book looks fascinating, about a trial in which Darrow represented a black man in 1925 Detroit, Ossian Sweet, who was charged with murder after a white man, who was part of a mob marching on Sweet's home in a just-integrated neighborhood. A great $4 find during the last outing to Half Price Books with the girlfriend.

I'm not going to tag anybody with this one - if you want to play along, feel free to leave something in the comments. If you don't, well, to heck with you then!

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