10/8/08

Mad Libations

Here’s the latest Detritus Review Mad Lib™, brought to you by the NY Times’ Anthony Tommasini, who may have been a little adjective drunk.

Directions: (First of all, humor me and read the excerpt below with the missing adjectives...I know, right? Though I have to admit, if you substitute "blank" for the missing adjectives, a nice rhythmic non-pattern emerges. I digress.) Arrange the extracted adjectives into their appropriate positions. Good luck!

Angelic
Brisk
Demonic
Earthy
Ghostly
Reckless
Ruminative
Rustic
Slow
Sustained

In the ______ movement he brought such ______ richness to the ______ melodic lines that the music seemed at once ______ and ______. And the finale, taken at a ______ but never ______ tempo, was ______ and ______, though always threatening to turn ______.

Whew! That was fun, wasn’t it? How’d you do? ALL RIGHT!
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3 comments:

Lisa Hirsch said...

Well! More than one person has observed that "Tony could use a few more adjectives" - and we can thank ourselves that "hunky" and dusky" don't appear in that graf.

Gustav said...

Here's my favorite version:

In the rustic movement he brought such reckless richness to the ghostly melodic lines that the music seemed at once sustained and slow. And the finale, taken at a(n) angelic but never ruminative tempo, was brisk and demonic, though always threatening to turn earthy.

Empiricus said...

I like, "the earthy movement...threatening to turn rustic." But yours is pretty, too.