roxanegay: My favorite first line varies but today it’s from Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay:
In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier’s greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini.
I love this sentence because it does so much work. The sentence is a story in and of itself and reveals Chabon’s amazing talent for long, meandering sentences that are satisfying in both sound and substance.
(Source: The Atlantic)