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After reading an interesting and slightly terrifying New Yorker piece, I went looking for opening sentences by authors that Gordon Lish taught or edited. In workshop, you see, Lish might cut you off at any time, even if you had only read a sentence. He wanted writers to seduce him and the world with those first sentences. These are my favorites so far:
"When I am run down and flocked around by the world, I go down to Farte Cove off the Yazoo River and take my beer to the end of the pier where the old liars are still snapping and wheezing at one another." -Barry Hannah, "Water Liars"
“You know how advice is - you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.”
― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent