Archive for October, 2013

The Opening

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2013 by jkiparsky

Writing is a craft, and it’s worth celebrating the best exemplars of the craft as they drift past. Pete Wells of the Times recently came up with one of the best openings I’ve ever read:

 

Talking about the best taco you’ve ever had in a restaurant is like talking about the best kiss you’ve ever had in a hospital. No matter how good it was, it would have been better somewhere else

This is a beautiful setup: I’d follow this paragraph anywhere it chose to lead me, but I already have a pretty good idea of where it’s going to go, and what I’m going to find there. He’s already written the essay, now he just has to put the words in.