Guess The Line #6

Kudos again to Ron Goldstein for his persistence in naming yesterday's line: it was from Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. Today's line (well, more a complex thought than a line) is from a work of one of the U.S.'s great writers:   "I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one….

Guess The Line #5

Sometimes, literature can speak to those living far beyond its era – that's the case with today's quote. Can you name this book and its author? Destroy the cave Ignorance, and you destroy the mole Crime…The only social peril is darkness.

Assaying the Litmags

The Gihon River Review – Spring 2010/Volume 14   I used to find literary magazines in my mailbox regularly, and I don’t anymore. That’s a shame. For the world's struggling writers, litmags are bread and butter. Or, more properly put, they’re our likeliest outlet. While they don’t often pay, they offer most of us the…

Guess The Line #4 – The Answer

Ross Goldstein was so sure of the answer to yesterday's posted line that he put it in digital print. And he was right! The answer? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.   I'll put a few more of these out there to end the week, but next will be a return to litmags.

Guess The Line #4

Yesterday's line? If you were struck by the tone, and understood that the voice was that of a sullen teen, you probably guessed it was Holden Caulfield, speaking the first line of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. First lines can provoke, and they can even confuse. Try this famous first line: "It was…

Guess The Line #3

Yesterday's quoted line was from Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Toward the end of the novel, Jake Barnes, who is still smitten by the flighty Brett Ashley, has to see her one more time. Brett, who has no shortage of suitors and lovers, feels Jake has been nicer to her than she deserves. Hence…

Guess The Line #2

Yesterday's line was the first from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina – a line that sums up a large wedge of human nature.   Today's line:  "Oh, Jake," Brett said, "we could have had such a damned good time together."