1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. 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.
OK. I'll change the number of sentences to, oh, based on the book, seven:
"I don't want to demean your artistry," Bowerman said finally, "but how hard is it to make a pair of shoes? I mean really?"Recreating the moment in 1957 when future shoemaker Bill Bowerman got interested in making shoes, as written in Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of [University of] Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder by Sports Illustrated's Kenny Moore. This is a rare foray for me into sports books (I think the only other one I've read is Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump) and I've been enjoying it, though I wonder: is most Sports Illustrated writing fairly, um, melodramatic? Or is that just most sports writing? (I ain't a sports writer...)
"You cannot make your own shoes!" erupted the repairman. "Trust me. You cannot make shoes without a factory."
"Let us stipulate that you are absolutely right. Of course I can't make shoes. But if you were going to make a shoe, and you had the right equipment, how would you go about it?"
Bowerman said later it was wonderful to watch the man morph into "a grouchy professor of cobbling science 101."