Saturday, April 07, 2012

Best opening paragraph of recent memory

And by "recent" I mean only that I can't think of one that was better, offhand, just this moment, but odds are, it was not that long ago and it was written by the same author.

Show Us On The Doll Where The Reagan Administration Touched You, Libby

I HAD reached the end of the third paragraph here--and the last of the laudanum--when it all became cosmically clear: Slate is a sort of fractal of the facile and the disingenuous, from its smallest headline teases to its very raison d'être; the phrase If there was any need for Slate it wouldn't exist seemed to stretch the boundaries of my skull like some virtual underground sea, and I swerved to find the keyboard when the phone rang.

The rest.

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