As told by Matt
The scene: Bedtime for John
The players: John and Matt
John (seeing Matt's book of the week): "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom"? What's that?
Matt: Oh, it's an old book, and very famous.
Matt: [Synopsis of both the military history and memoir of T.E. Lawrence! Slight aside regarding mental state of subject. Minor dissertation on the Arabian peninsula ca. 1880-1920, focusing on the British-Arab relationships after the turn of the century. Exposition on the influence of said relationships upon Middle East politics today, up to and including the current war in Iraq.]
John (throughout): Hm! Oh! I see. OK! Uh-huh. Wow!
Matt: It's a very interesting book.
John: So what are they?
Matt: What are what?
John (patiently): The seven pillars of wisdom?
* Uncle Tupelo, "Fall Down Easy"