Wednesday, April 14, 2004
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
I'm in a library, so it's a matter of debate which the nearest book might be, but I'll take the one I'm actually reading:
"We can be sure, however, that the great extant Aristotelian works are not, in contrast to the Platonic dialogues, finished pieces of writing meant for publication."
I'm think that, insofar as this is a game, there's no point in telling people what book this is from. It should be left to others to guess (though at least two people would already know in this instance).
Or more fun would be to write the next sentence, or few sentences, in as improbable a manner as possible - "No, these works were meant to be taken apart and used as paper aeroplanes, small scraps of wisdom to edify the masses; from which practice modern propagandists have taken their cue, greatly aided by the invention of the aeroplane (whose real inspiration, contrary to what the textbooks will tell you, was this since forgotten Aristotelian model)."
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