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I have no definitive favorite first line of a novel, though I am partial to the first line of Slaughterhouse Five: “All this happened, more or less.” Also, Fahrenheit 451:  “It was a pleasure to burn.” Of all my books, I like the first sentence of Chicken Shack, my unpublished novel that will hopefully see…

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My wife’s favorite first line from literature comes Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Many people like this first line. While I have always appreciated the line, it has never felt right to me. It’s…

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is 200 years old this week. In celebration of this anniversary, Anglerfish Magazine created a “Which Pride and Prejudice Character Are You?” flowchart. Usually these flowcharts are nonsense, but this one seems, at least for me, spot on. It turns out that I am a Lizzie (Elizabeth Bennet), which is described as:…

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