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The Perfect Ending? Hollywood Versus the Novel, Part 1

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T.S. Eliot opened his poem "East Coker" with the line: "In my beginning is my end," ...

Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

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My last post was on the Bulwer-Lytton competition, where contestants submit a bad opening line to ...

The Literary Lounge Lizard: Pick-up Lines Gone Wrong

The Literary Lounge Lizard: Pick-up Lines Gone Wrong

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My last two posts were salutes to the greatest pick-up lines in literature--those magical opening sentences ...

The Great American Opener: More Thoughts on Literary Pick-up Lines

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Following up on my last post, I had some more thoughts on what makes a great ...

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

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For an author, the opening line of a novel is the literary equivalent of the snappy ...

Dead Lawyers, Pet Cemeteries, and First Novels

Dead Lawyers, Pet Cemeteries, and First Novels

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The two questions readers most frequently ask me are: 1.  Why are so many legal thrillers written by trial ...