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.

 

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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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