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:
The image of the spiritual founding of America that generations of Americans have grown up with was created, oddly enough, by a poet of limited talents (to put it in the most magnanimous possible way) who lived two centuries after the event in a country three thousand miles away. We walked fast along the big indoor midway--shooting galleries, tattoo parlors, money-changers and cotton-candy booths--then out through a bank of glass doors and across the grass downhill to a parking lot where the Red Shark waited. "Do you like it?" she asked. An equally useful irrational belief is the conviction that one is invincible and indestructible because one is so uniquely intelligent, agile, and skillful. Then he turned out the light and went into his bedroom to sleep.
1. Made in America by Bill Bryson
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
4. Wartime by Paul Fussell
5. Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh