Once Upon A Time New York City

// T.C. Boyle, The Road to Wellville //

“Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of the cornflake and peanut butter, not to mention caramel-cereal coffee, Bromose, Nuttolene and some seventy-five other gastronomically correct foods, paused to level his gaze on the heavyset women in front of him.”

The beginning is simple to mark.
Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

// William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night//

"If music be the food of love, play on,

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

Conventions, like clichés, have a way of surviving their own usefulness.
Jane Rule, Desert of the Heart

// Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin//

"Dr Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse."

The primroses were over.
Richard Adams, Watership Down

// Peter Hoeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow//

"It’s freezing - an extraordinary 0 Fahrenfeit - and its snowing, and in the language that is no longer mine, the snow is qanik - big, almost weightless crystals falling in clumps and covering the ground with a layer of pulverized white frost.”

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The Bible, Genesis 1:1

// John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath//

"To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth."

Today I’m five.
Emma Donoghue, Room
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