They say the first line is one of the most important parts of a book*. Get it right and the readers’ eyes are all yours, get it wrong and they’ll start looking around, distracted by the feet of strangers or two birds fighting over a sandwich.
Over on our Instagram account (here, follow it here) we’ve been asking people for the first lines that have grabbed them. So, along with a few of our own personal favourites, and a pleasingly alliterative title, here are fourteen fantastic first lines.
James Dean photographed jumping between train cars on the set of East of Eden in 1954.
Larry Swindel says, “Kazan told me he was first attracted by Dean’s wonderful use of a very athletic body and that body-acting is a natural faculty that can’t be taught.” Isabel Draesemer, Dean’s first agent, had noticed the same thing: “To me,” she says, “his sex appeal lay in his mouth and below - the use of his body.”
The waters of the lake are turned pink by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment.
|—||Albert Einstein (via skylightdreams)|
Steel Pond Studios | Portland, Oregon-based steel sculptor Robert Jefferson Travis Pond - Half of what I do is collecting materials. For me, the question is never where to start; it is always when to stop. It is a constant look beyond the object, beyond the form, to what is next. Each circumstance, or in this case, each piece, spontaneously connects to the next. This seemingly random assortment of metal dictates its future in a very fast and spontaneous manner. The sculpture decides for itself what it will look like and when it is complete.