Guess What? Now There’s an Awesome Map for Your Favorite Road Trip Novel

As I have mentioned more than once on this blog, among my favorite opening lines in all of literature is Hunter Thompson's in his bizarre road trip tale, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (You can read that amazing sentence at the end of my post entitled "The Magical Lure of the Intimate ...

Opening Passages to Greatness

The other day I stumbled upon The Heart, a wonderful series in the online version of The Atlantic in which authors discuss their favorite passages in literature. Browsing through the collection, I came upon John Rechy's discussion of his favorite, which is the opening sentence of William Faulkner's short story, "A Rose ...

Cain is able, better than most, and far darker: An Appreciation

At least thirty years had passed since I first read The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain. I confess that during those intervening decades my memory of the short novel had faded into a vague recollection of a dark somewhat sexy crime story involving low-life hustlers that took place somewhere in ...

The Magical Lure of the Intimate Voice

I have written here and elsewhere of the power of a great opening line. If you can imagine a bookstore as a crowded singles bar with each book hoping to get lucky, that first sentence essentially functions as the author's pick-up line. Sure, a sexy book jacket helps, since it ...