This is the best opening line in American letters

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Call me Ishmael.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    what happened to his face

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thomas pinched one and they didn't like that.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      OP did a tribute to him, but didn't clean the screen properly.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        A creaming cums across the guy

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It is pride month, but write your homoerotic lit elsewhere.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i scream as i cum across the sky

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's a book about life of course it's going to open on a sexual act(conception)

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thinkign of banan

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Im personally a fan of
    >who’s there?

    That single line is more densely packed with meaning and symbolism than the entire collected works of your favorite author. I could do a 20 hour youtube miniseries on what Shakespeare was attempting to get across there.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Shakespeare was American? interesting

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Old America

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Agree. All of England's literature belongs to America. Dickens is an old American writer.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            All of you're literature are belong to US.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Who's there
      Edward de Vere, for one

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        debunked

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nah not really.
    It's a bit trite if I'm being honest.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it's not trite at all

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No it really is. When I read this sentence I don't think to myself "yes this is the essence of Pynchon's unique style".
        I think Joyce, Hemmingway, Faulkner, Melville, all of them, they were all eating sentences like this for breakfast. They wouldn't even get out of bed for this two bit sentence.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >No it really is.
          It's not. It's evocative in such a small space.
          > When I read this sentence I don't think to myself "yes this is the essence of Pynchon's unique style".
          You think? Good to know but no one said all his style was like that nor that the sentence was representative of his style.
          >Hemmingway
          Shit writer. Opinion discarded.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The importance of an opening line is quite overrated and there's no way to separate one's evaluation of it from the context of the whole work and simplistic cultural prejudices. A shudder goes through the spine remembering Shakespeare's "Who's there?" but the line obviously has little in itself alone to recommend it in total isolation except in not being unapt to begin a play. Similarly with this line, it produces a similar frisson and a sensation of horror but perhaps would not so greatly if it were not a signpost to a cultural monument that we remember fondly and with awe. Of course it's a great line but the discussion itself is pointless and carried out by spectators more than practitioners. It's just as pointless as judging a piece of music by its first bar, it doesn't make sense.

          Bad take if not bait.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >When you learn a new word and are eager to try it out
      The dictionary is lachrymose, the anon proudly said

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    aww

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not impressed

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >A screaming comes across the sky
    Pynchon was pretty dumb for this, rockets travel faster than sound so you would hear the explosion before the "screaming".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What if the rocket passed over you but didn't explode until it was many miles off?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >he doesn't know

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