Daily Extractions

The following blog is an exercise in finding significance in “random” words. Each day, a title and sentence will be blindly chosen by QC from whatever book, magazine, webpage, or other text source happens to be within grasp. No premeditation will color these posts, they will simply serve as acts of synchronicity, divination, or abstract poetry. What do today’s title and sentence say about you and your existence in this very moment? How do these micro samplings hold value when they are isolated, out of context, and spliced together? QC looks forward to your comments! Site Comments →



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Ben’s lesson on Napoleon at Elba wasn’t arbitrary.

Finding LOST: Season Six by Nikki Stafford



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We’re all deeply committed.

Solar by Ian McEwan



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He stopped to sigh softly.

Wuthering Heights: The Wild & Wanton Edition by Annabella Bloom & Emily Bronte



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Nobody was certain at that stage what a bass guitar was, but bands all seemed to have one.

Bit of a Blur by Alex James



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Like Gandhi, Thoreau believed in the ability of the determined moral minority to correct the evils of the majority.

Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World by Louis Fischer



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By ten o’clock that night, there were 163 comments, from fans in eleven countries.

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby



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This “silly, childish discussion”—whether the new century begins on the year 00 or the year 01—appears and reappears like clockwork every hundred years.

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife



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When Mr. Bump was a carpenter, he found that when he was hammering nails he hammered his thumb most of the time and the nail hardly at all.

Mr. Bump by Roger Hangreaves



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A winner has options.

Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward by Bob Halloran