23 January 2010

The Queen's Meme #21 - The Wisdom at 21

Queen Mimi of Bloggingham has once more issued a royal edict  under threat of the dank and moldy dungeon as follows:

This is a royal twist on an old meme. I just wish I'd found these gems when I was actually twenty-one.This is how it works: You must follow the directions to the letter.

1. Find the nearest bookshelf of your favorite reads, cookbooks, tech books, magazines. It doesn't matter. This will work for all print media. If you don't have seven books lined up on a shelf, grab the first seven you see around the house.

2. Book #1: Turn to page 21. Read the 21st sentence (you may have to turn the page).

Write it down.

3. Do the same with the first seven books or articles you see. The sentences will make a paragraph. You must write them down in the order you found them.

4. When you are finished, read over your "story" and title it.

5. Show us your bibliography at the end of this meme. Hmmm...I wonder if we'll be surprised at the reading material we may find. I just did mine. It was rather shocking! I didn't cheat. I promise! Don't you either....or it's you-know-where for you.
What, Why, Where, When And How

So one day she's walking past the church and runs into a couple of the nuns and they comment on the new surge in my popularity and say, "Corpus Christi was all over the Class Clown album."  The instincts of the ant are very unimportant, considered as the ant's; but the moment a ray of relation is seen to extend from it to man, and the little drudge is seen to be a monitor, a little body with a mighty heart, then all its habits, even that said to be recently observed, that it never sleeps, become sublime.  In the spring of 1991, however--his finances shattered, his employees suing him over a variety of charges, his daughter accusing him on national television of sexual abuse--Erhard fled to Russia, where he reinvented himself as a sself-actualizing guru for government bureaucrats.  However, both he and his German source agreed that "an Englishman's home is his castle."  Isn't it marvelous the way they all have music in them?  How true, but the apprehensive, small boy who waited in the head master's flower-filled garden on that warm summer evening, saw nothing of the architechtural and landscaped beauties around him. Harold was killed by an arrow in the eye, the battle was lost, and William earned himself the title "Conqueror".

George Carlin - Last Words
Ralph Waldo Emerson - "Nature" (The man could write some freaking long sentences!!!!)
Kevin Starr - "Coast of Dreams, California on the Edge, 1990-2003
Judith Flanders - "Inside The Victorian Home"
Dorothy Parker - "Arrangement in Black and White" from "The Best of Dorothy Parker"
David Niven - "The Moon's A Balloon"
George Chamier - "When It Happened"


Anonymous said...

Now there is a biography in the making..LOL

Travis said...

You reading selections are so incredibly diverse.

And no kidding about Emerson's sentence structure!

Mimi Lenox said...

How did you know the dungeon was dark and dank? It is! But you are not in it....I adore Emerson's sentence structure. Truly.

Well played.