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“You do an awfully good impression of yourself.”

This is the first line of Lunar Park and in its brevity and simplicity it was supposed to be a return to form, an echo, of the opening line from my debut novel, Less Than Zero.

“People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.”

Since then the opening sentences of my novels — no matter how artfully composed — had become overly complicated and ornate, loaded down with a heavy, useless emphasis on minutiae.

— Bret Easton “LOOK AT ME ME ME!!!” Ellis, Lunar Park

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Written by [IMH]

15 June 2006 at 11:59 pm

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  1. I once heard that every good story starts with a dead body…

    stutefish

    16 June 2006 at 1:52 am

  2. … so maybe your first sentence should be “You do an awfully good impression of yourself… as a corpse.”

    P.S. I’m looking at you.

    stutefish

    16 June 2006 at 1:53 am

  3. Of course, folks in L.A. aren’t afraid to merge on the freeway. We do it all the time, and in fact we’re fairly polite about it, especially in crowded, slow situations when two lanes are of necessity merging into one: cars really do take turns. I tried that in Colorado once, and nearly got run off the road.

    Will Duquette

    18 June 2006 at 10:31 pm

  4. Stute: What bugs me is that that supposed line is a rip-off of a Ben Folds song, and a good one.

    Will: L.A. drivers may be more polite than Colorado drivers (or Michigan drivers, for that matter), but from what I know, Texans really take the crown for road courtesy.

    And ain’t nobody as rude as Shanghai psychotics drivers. 😀

    Ian

    18 June 2006 at 11:46 pm


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Quote of the day – Bad Writing Week

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“You do an awfully good impression of yourself.”

This is the first line of Lunar Park and in its brevity and simplicity it was supposed to be a return to form, an echo, of the opening line from my debut novel, Less Than Zero.

“People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.”

Since then the opening sentences of my novels — no matter how artfully composed — had become overly complicated and ornate, loaded down with a heavy, useless emphasis on minutiae.

— Bret Easton “LOOK AT ME ME ME!!!” Ellis, Lunar Park

Written by [IMH]

15 June 2006 at 11:59 pm

Posted in Quotes

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  1. I once heard that every good story starts with a dead body…

    stutefish

    16 June 2006 at 1:52 am

  2. … so maybe your first sentence should be “You do an awfully good impression of yourself… as a corpse.”

    P.S. I’m looking at you.

    stutefish

    16 June 2006 at 1:53 am

  3. Of course, folks in L.A. aren’t afraid to merge on the freeway. We do it all the time, and in fact we’re fairly polite about it, especially in crowded, slow situations when two lanes are of necessity merging into one: cars really do take turns. I tried that in Colorado once, and nearly got run off the road.

    Will Duquette

    18 June 2006 at 10:31 pm

  4. Stute: What bugs me is that that supposed line is a rip-off of a Ben Folds song, and a good one.

    Will: L.A. drivers may be more polite than Colorado drivers (or Michigan drivers, for that matter), but from what I know, Texans really take the crown for road courtesy.

    And ain’t nobody as rude as Shanghai psychotics drivers. 😀

    Ian

    18 June 2006 at 11:46 pm


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