Yoinked from lothithil
just because my curiosity got the better of me.
1. Take five books off your bookshelf
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph
I really thought about 'cherry picking' some books for this based on what I know of their literary styles, but thought "Naaah - really
pick up those five books!" The five books in question were the actual stack I currently have by my bed which happen at the moment to all be nonfiction and I just wondered what they would look like in a blender. It really isn't always like this...
Book #1 Parkinson's Law, Prof. C. Northcote Parkinson
Book #2 The Essential Erasmus, Desidarius Erasmus, Dolan trans.
Book #3 Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Thomas Cathcart
Book #4 On Government, Cicero, Grant trans.
Book #5 On Old Age, Friendship and Divination, Cicero, Falconer trans.
*place in a box and shake vigorously*
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. I feel that entirely too many people confuse what are really natural gifts or endowments with virtues! If we choose to behave as if there is a God and we get to the end and it turns out there isn't, it's not a big deal (well, maybe we've lost the ability to thoroughly enjoy the Seven Deadly Sins, but that's small potatoes compared to the alternative), if we bet there isn't a God, and get to the end only to find out there is
a God, we've lost the Big Enchilada. For neither the Spartans, who invented your life-style and way of talking and who recline daily at their meals upon couches of wood, nor even the Cretans, who never even reclined at meal-times at all, maintained their states more successfully than the Romans - who find time to enjoy themselves as well as to work. "Nothing could please me better," Quintus said, and when this was said, we arose.