A subjective and unscientific analysis of the 100 best opening lines in fiction

When recently perusing the American Book Review’s fascinating list of their 100 best opening lines of novels – which you can see here – I wondered how many of the masters represented here had got away with things that we non-masters debate in our writers’ groups and forums, in terms of what makes a good opening line. In… Read More A subjective and unscientific analysis of the 100 best opening lines in fiction

Shame

The first week of the regime of the 45th POTUS has been characterised by ignorance, arrogance, petulance, xenophobia, Islamophobia and mendacity. Most of these are words that the president probably can’t spell, let alone understand. I couldn’t possibly cover all those ills at once. For now, let’s focus on Islamophobia. As a European, I’m aware… Read More Shame