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Comments on the first sentence of “Retreat”?

Anyone care to comment on the first sentence of Wells Tower’s story “Retreat”? Here’s the sentence: Sometimes, sometimes, after six or so large drinks, it seems like a sane idea to call my little brother on the phone. Here is  a New … Continue reading

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The first sentence of “Rock Springs”

Edna and I had started down from Kalispell, heading for Tampa-St. Pete where I still had some friends from the old glory days who wouldn’t turn me in to the police. Here’s a brief list of what Richard Ford accomplishes … Continue reading

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Exercise 1

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First-Person First Lines

Novels Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851) Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955) I am an invisible man. —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952) You don’t know about me without you have read a book by … Continue reading

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