Thursday, March 06, 2008
Why I love Lorrie Moore
Well, one of many reasons ...
In addition to being one of America's greatest short story writers (though she hasn't had a book out since 1998's BIRDS OF AMERICA), she is also an unparalleled master of the opening line.
Witness this, from her 1986 novel ANAGRAMS:
Gerard Maines lived across the hall from a woman named Benna, who four minutes into any conversation always managed to say the word "penis." He was not a prude, but, nonetheless, it made him wince.