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From Will Slack ’11 on WSO.

* Catch the book nearest to you. Right now.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Write this sentence here
* Don’t look for your favorite book or your coolest but really the nearest.

“After deducting non-interest expense, provisioning, and extraordinary items from operating income, what is left is income (earnings) before taxes.”

That’s from The Bank Credit Analyst Handbook by Jonathan Golin. And people wonder why I blog so much . . .

What’s on your page 56?

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#1 Comment By PTC On December 27, 2008 @ 9:37 am

Any complete enumeration of the sources of dreams leads to the recognition of four kinds of source; and these have also been used for the classification of dreams themselves.

From: The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

#2 Comment By Soph Mom On December 27, 2008 @ 10:01 am

“It is a psychological effect cleverly exploited by an amusing poster of the National Clean-up Paint-up Fix-up Bureau [31].

From “Art and Illusion” by E. H. Gombrich…and he is referencing an illustration of a poster by Joseph Bieder.

(the book was a Christmas gift )

#3 Comment By Gondo On December 27, 2008 @ 10:09 am

We were sitting in his living room talking about the period during the late fifties and early sixties when his work underwent the remarkable transformation from his early, evocative landscapes, through an abstract expressionist phase and on to the threshold of the minimalist passion that has dominated his labors ever since.

From “seeing is the forgetting the name of the thing one sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin” by Lawrence Weschler. (Absolutely fantastic book)

#4 Comment By Dick Swart On December 27, 2008 @ 11:47 am

“It was in the systematizing or integratation of systems that America scored”.

As specified, closest to hand, not what I was reading (besides who can type a four color spread of a Playmate): The Puritan Gift Kenneth Hopper and William Hopper. One of the Top 10 biz books of 2007- Financial Times. Mentioned in dispatches to Gondo and Henry Bass. Now out in paperback!

A great interpretation of what made America work and how those principles were replaced and forgotten.

#5 Comment By Ronit On December 27, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

“Jeremiah experienced God as a pain that convulsed his limbs, broke his heart and made him stagger about like a drunk.”

From A History of God by Karen Armstrong (my favorite writer on religious topics)

#6 Comment By JeffZ On December 27, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

To be totally honest, I am equally close to a handful of books, and I picked the one most likely to have a great line. I picked correctly. From Nobody’s Perfect, by Anthony Lane:

First, they had colonial rule, then the Vietcong, then napalm, and now Oliver Stone trying to be nice to them.

[the punch-line which follows — Haven’t these poor people suffered enough?]

#7 Comment By nuts On December 27, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

“They worked until their good luck ran out and they were either laid off or they could no longer physically do the work.”

From The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam.

#8 Comment By servien On December 28, 2008 @ 12:28 am

“When at school he made steady and rapid progress, but was early removed from it to be apprenticed to be a frame-smith near Loughborough.”

From Selp-Help by Samuel Smiles

#9 Comment By eph ’07 On December 28, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

“We must try now, though, to delineate the content of Jesus’ ‘message of the Kingdom’ somewhat more precisely in light of its historical context.”

From Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI.

#10 Comment By JG On December 29, 2008 @ 11:11 am

Same thing with Roger Williams’s charming little metaphor about the commonwealth as a ship; it also has a sinister subtext, namely, that a ship has a captain and a captain’s orders are to be obeyed.

From The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (an excellent Christmas gift…I also recommend Assassination Vacation)

#11 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On December 29, 2008 @ 11:15 am

(^^Not to break the device of the thread: but JG, always good to see you around here. Happy Holidays!)

#12 Comment By rory On December 29, 2008 @ 11:36 am

Its owners in the main were not royal spendthrifts, nor aristocratic dilletantes; and even if some were, their financial advisors put their funds largely into the safe investment of West Indian slavery and the African slave trade

Du Bois, The World and Africa . punchline comes a couple sentences later: The powerful British institution of the stock exchange was born.

#13 Comment By (d)avid On December 29, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

“It would be good to check this for consistency by comparison of, say, 0 with -1000 and 1000.”

From Statistical Decision Theory and Bayesian Analysis by James O. Berger.