Trifextra 54: Fail-Safe

We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find.Some quick guidelines:

  • The writing you choose should not be your own.
  • The 33 words should be lifted directly from another source (i.e. don’t take 33 random words from Macbeth and shake them into a poem of your own (though that would be an awesome idea for another challenge) and don’t take a sentence from the beginning of a book and another from the end–keep the original order).
  • Credit your sources.
  • You can’t use the same 33 words as anyone else in the linkz. Skim through before posting your own. You can use the same author and even the same title, just not the exact same words

I took this excerpt from “Fail-Safe” by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Published in 1962 (a movie was made in 1964), it deals with the Cold War (during the Cuban Missile Crisis in fact), but the description…


They were caught in a fantastic web of logic and illogic, fact and emotion. No one seemed completely whole. No one could talk complete sense. And everyone was quite sincere.



Filed under Books, Creative Writing, Trifextra Writing Challenge, Writing, Writing Challenges

21 responses to “Trifextra 54: Fail-Safe

  1. The cold war, or cold warriors as the case may be, in a nutshell. Nice quote.

  2. I LOVE this! Had never heard it before but it is so true. At least for me, I feel I’ve experienced this.

  3. I did a small piece about the Cold War this week, Fail Safe was a terrifying part of that time.

  4. That’s fantastic! Great choice for the challenge!

  5. Excellent choice of book and quote πŸ™‚

  6. this is a brilliant quote!

  7. I think that your quote perfectly reflects the intent of the book that you chose. Well done.

  8. how neat (ack! my age) that I talked of the missle crisis last week and you mention it this. Those were, indeed, interesting times. Apropos

  9. Draug419

    Amazing quote πŸ˜€ One of my favorites so far.

  10. Nice choice of quotes – seems to exemplify the Cold War with its contradictions.

  11. So now I want to watch Dr. Strangelove again. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  12. Nice! I like that it’s ying yang but in the end whatever side your on doesn’t matter because everyone was speaking from the same place, the heart.

  13. I too thought of Yin & Yang,like Jodie:-)Thought provoking quote.

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