Thirty Days of First Lines: Day 27

As we wind down this  round of “30 days,” here’s something from my favorite literary magician, Steven Millhauser. The opening of his story “The Invention of Robert Herendeen.”

I trace the origin of my perilous gift to an idle morning in the fourth grade.


Millhauser reminds me of Joseph Cornell, or of David Beck, whose enchanting MVSEVM is at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art. They are all builders of intricate worlds within worlds.

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