Posts Categorized: First Lines

First lines: God is not Great

After having read Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion last year, there probably was no need to read Christopher Hitchens’ God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. And if I had actually read its first line (see below) or turned to page 69 (as per Marshall McLuhen), I probably wouldn’t have bothered. Like Dawkins, Hitchens… Read more »

First lines: Duma Key

Without a doubt, Duma Key is one of Stephen King’s finest works. In his oeuvre, it can be placed somewhere between Rita Haywood and the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Sure, there’s some spooky stuff, but like Shawshank and Mile, it’s first and foremost about the people. Highly recommended. Book read Stephen King —… Read more »

Spring cleaning

While not caring about this website for a while is fine with me, but invariably, stuff keeps piling up. So without further ado, tonight’s business. Nightwish in Amsterdam For years, I’ve had the idea that it would be great to go to a concert in the goth-scene (think Within Temptation, After Forever, Nightwish, et al)… Read more »

First Lines: High Fidelity

One thing I have always wondered is how people manage to read several books at once. Well, not so much at once, but why would you start in a book while you still haven’t finished another? About two weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to spend less time behind my computer, and with TV… Read more »

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First Lines: Lifting Shadows

Two of the things I really, really love are music, and facts. The first one should come as no surprise, and neither should the second. Not only do I love lists of little, useless facts, but I also love to know everything about anything I am really interested in. So a lushly designed, authorized biography… Read more »