Tuesday, December 02, 2008
It seems I was too lenient with the last malefactor perpetrating misdememeors in the neighborhood, only arranging for a bit of time at the military's little vacation spa in Cuba. This latest transgressor may need the Qaddafi à la Gipper treatment.
In any event, the Five Fifty-Six Meme is supposed to go like this: take the first 10 books you see, open it to page fifty-six, transcribe the fifth sentence, and challenged your readers to guess the books.
But as Wilkins (also a victim) observes "it is in the nature of memes to mutate, right?"
So I am going to play the game a little differently. My picks will not be exactly random. I will be choosing books from my shelves that people who read this blog might actually have read and that have a designated sentence that gives a hint, at least, of which book it is. Additional hints will be also given. I'm only starting off with two -- partly because I'm lazy and partly to see if anyone is interested:
1. In the first place, not even the most fervent local-Flood advocates would deny that there are many places in the Bible where the words "all" and "every" must be understood in the literal sense.The first (which I suspect is too easy) is from a book generally credited with starting a movement and the second is from a Pulitzer Prize winner.
2. The female mosquito cannot afford to be quite so impetuous, yet the episodes of her life follow a rigid marching order prescribed by her genes.
To paraphrase Groucho, I wouldn't want to swap memes with anyone who hangs around my blog, so I won't be trying to pass this along. But feel free to play.
#2: That's an obvious clue to E.O.Wilson, though I can't guess the specific book.