When Even Page 51 Doesn’t Work


So there I was on Wednesday morning, at work at MIT. I had no clients (because, duh, beginning of semester), no access to the Internet because of the new computer not being finished “setting up,” and two blessed hours when I could, theoretically, work my blog. Because Writing Is Easy, a thing you can do without a whole heck of a lot of technology, if only you have ideas.

Which I did not, in fact, have.

So I thought, no problem, there is the old Page 51 trick. I will look at a book or four on my shelf and see what the first sentence on page 51 is, and then I will have something to write about!

Living with Honor: “It better accepts another character of that taproot: the power of fertility.”

Bossy Pants: “When we got home I was sent to play outside so my father could shampoo the rug.”

Poetry and the Visual Arts: Page 51 is completely blank. It doesn’t even say 51.

Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life: “Like Wilde, Dorian has a home that is a product of his creative vision, filled with things that are both decorative objects and works of art.”

All of which is kind of depressing, because not only have I not found anything interesting to write about, I have also realized what a weird bookshelf I have. Sigh.

6 comments on “When Even Page 51 Doesn’t Work

  1. PJS says:

    Well, that blank page in the book on the visual arts is a tantalizing topic. Really.

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  2. Kat Myrman says:

    I love it! You managed to write about the elusive page 51!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. candidkay says:

    Thank you for skipping both fertility and rug shampooing:).

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Poetry and the Visual Arts was mocking you.

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