truthThe Truth by Michael Palin | Slant Magazine
“Fiction loves an impossible battle, which probably explains the recent proliferation of failed environmentalists in novels. The Earth is dying, so what grander battle is there?”

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570_ishmaelThe Art of the Opening Sentence | The Millions
“So in the interest of proving the worth of all of these piles, recently I’ve been writing essays about them. Some of them I’ve published. My essay “The Art of the Epigraph,” published a few weeks ago right here on The Millions, came out of my desperate ploy. Now, I’m turning my attention to opening sentences. Why? Well, first, because I have a prodigious and unembarrassed passion for opening sentences. But also: Look at all the goddamn books.”