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11 Unforgettable First Lines in Literature

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.28.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the first line is the window to the book. A first line can drag you in, shock you, confuse you, or touch you. A first line is what makes you read on. Here are some of our favorite first lines that set the tone for some incredible books.

Reclaiming Gay History With Felix D'Eon

Wes Hurley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Wes Hurley

Mexican artist Felix D'Eon makes work that re-imagines bygone eras and styles with same-sex love as its subject matter.

What It Means to be an Artist

Tony Woodcock | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Being an artist in all its multiplicities of characteristics and talents, is among the most demanding of all demands that we can make of ourselves. We have entered a universe of complexity and simplicity, discovery and delusion. It will never finish. It will never be entirely revealed.

Alice Munro, Mathematician

Marjorie Senechal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Marjorie Senechal

Munro's stories sound like ideal math proofs: short and deceptively simple, moving back and forth between foreground (theorems) and background (lemmas), opening out to resolve a web of questions, revealing vistas of far-flung applications.

Indispensable 20th Century Italian Sci-Fi

Electric Literature | Posted 12.24.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

2012-10-24-ElectricLiterature44.png Dino Buzzati is one of the great literary practitioners of the dark marvelous. To my mind, he constitutes one corner in the triangle of indispensable 20th century Italian fantasists, a status he shares with his contemporaries Italo Calvino and Tommaso Landolfi.

The nOulipo's S&M Aesthetic Will Set You Free

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

Even if you don't give a fig about literary games involving complex mathematics, reading through these arguments, experiments, successes and colossal failures will remind you that a vibrant literary culture exits in America.