Thirty Days of First Lines: Day 20

Today, the kickoff of George Saunders’ The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

It is one thing to be a small country, but the country of Inner Horner was so small only one Inner Horenrite at a time could fit inside, and the other six Inner Hornerites had to wait their turns to live in their own country while standing very timidly in the surrounding country of Outer Horner.

And as a bonus, from his story “Downtrodden Mary’s Failed Campaign of Terror”

My first and favorite task of the day is slaving over the Iliana Evermore Fairy Castle.

Somebody or other quipped that he is sort of Dilbert crossed with Pynchon. I doubt he would mind the comparison.



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