Teaser Tuesdays – December 7

Today’s teasers:

“& I’m licking cherry-swirl ice cream from the spoon looping my tongue around the spoon saying, ‘Grandma, hey no. Don’t cry. The world is not ever that different.'”

From page 140 of Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

” Well, don’t get carried away. While it is technically true that the average ‘height expectancy’ of prehistoric men was about three feet, it’s a misleading sort of truth. Like overconfident declarations about the universality of marriage, poverty, and war, it’s the sort of assertion that sows confusion and results in a harvest of misleading data.”

From page 200 of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

We’ve got a little psychokiller and a little social science. Fun stuff I tell ya.
What are you reading?

8 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesdays – December 7

  1. Marg December 7, 2010 / 6:16 am

    I surprised myself by liking the second one out of your two teasers.

    My teaser is here

  2. Madeleine December 7, 2010 / 6:43 am

    I especially enjoyed the psychokiller teaser, it does sound like fun stuff! I don’t want to know what that says about me though…

    Here‘s our teaser for the week.

  3. Mary Ann Langan December 7, 2010 / 2:29 pm

    Here is my teaser from Witchgrass: A Pipe Dream by Dave Wilkinson (Page 1):

    Most gardeners hate witchgrass. Of all weeds it is one of the most persistent and adaptable. Any small piece of rhizome left in the soil can become an aggressive plant ready to take over the plot. Witchgrass is hard to pull. Roots are deep, and break off easily. Any part left in the ground will grow again. Farmers say the species isn’t even good as hay, not as good as timothy or alfalfa. Some call it quickgrass.

    Early New England colonists blamed evil people for this garden invader. In the seventeenth century villagers would speak this way:

    “The surly woman living alone on her dead husband’s estate. She goes into the woods and consorts with the Devil. Signs his book. Fornicates with him. Eats mushrooms. She and the Devil send witchgrass to harass the virtuous and the Godly. Let us hang this witch and seize her rich farm.”

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