On Thursday in class we discussed Samuel Johnson's Rambler No. 4, which you can find here and over there in the sidebar. On the whole the responses to the attendance question showed that everyone is pretty comfortable with Johnson's prose style, but there was some general puzzlement about what means for "the world [to] be promiscuously described" (177).
What does it mean to promiscuously describe the world? Do you agree with Johnson that such promiscuous descriptions are not worth reading? What sorts of literary productions might qualify as erring in this way?
UPDATE: There are a lot of great responses so far, but a lot of people seem to be defining "promiscuous" is the narrow sense of "sexually promiscuous." Have a look at the definition of promiscuous in the OED*, and think about how a broader definition of the term might change your understanding of the passage.
Deadline: Tuesday (10/11), start of class. Responses before Saturday midnight count toward Week 7; after Saturday midnight they count toward Week 8.
*that link will only work for three days. If it doesn't take you to the OED definition you can look up promiscuous in the online OED by going to the UIUC library website and searching "OED," which should give you a direct link to the online source (though you will need to login).