I loved this list. Not only was it nice to revisit some of my own favorite first lines, but I found my appetite whetted by some unfamiliar ones.
An excerpt from a new book by Alexandra Horowitz. The hidden gem of this take on the psychology of dogs is that it brings more insight into human nature than dogginess. Examining the animal psyche in contrast with our response to it is an enlightening journey into the human condition.
Because he considered himself a citizen of the Ottoman Empire, he refused to carry the passport of any country. Instead, he traveled with a certificate devised by his lawyer.
Greatness inspires greatness. Love inspires love. And truth demands the truth. A strikingly beautiful memoir of a great artist, reviewed the way I wish more books were.
A fascinating new site devoted to letters, notes and other correspondence of historical or cultural significance. Initial entries include a letter from FDR to the commissioner of baseball, the Lindbergh ransom note and an achingly beautiful note written by Churchill, to be delivered to his wife in the event of his death.
I tend to be a purist, and I was surprised to learn that ‘They’ is actually historically a gender-neutral, number-agnostic pronoun. Well, let’s just get on with it and adopt this, so we can move on to more important matters.
This is a fascinating list of graphic novels that go beyond the bounds of the genre. I’m reading Preacher right now; I’m on volume five of nine and I can’t get enough of this strange and wonderful story that is better than just about any action movie I’ve seen recently. It’s the kind of fun that leaves you breathless and thinking.
I’ve always liked good genre writing, and comics are no exception. And these books prove the rule that good genre writing is universal in it’s appeal. In fact, the best genre writing transcends whatever pigeonhole it may be assigned to and tells us something about the human condition.
And there’s a word for that: Art.