And the award for Best Opening Sentence goes to…

The award for best opening sentence definitely goes to Myles Kantor, writing about Günther Grass (novelist and Nazi), who opens his article with this:

The line between moralist and schmuck is very thin.

I didn’t find the rest of the article quite as good, but it’s interesting, and worth reading just as a sign of respect for that excellent first sentence.

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  1. expat says

    I listened to part of the the official presentation of Grass’s book yesterday, and I’ve heard his sputtering and spouting for years. He is a man of very great ego and very little brain. I am serious about the last part: Grass is truly unable to take in and assimilate new information. He “found the truth” in socialism and materialism after the war and has been serving up the same key words ever since. Even yesterday, it was clear that he did not have a clue about the reasons he is criticised. One has the feel that he is powered by Duracell.

  2. Trish says

    I don’t think that’s a good line. “Schmuck” is not exactly a clean word in Yiddish. That would turn me off the rest of the article, no matter what it said.

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