Second best opening sentence ever…
VDH at NRO….
In 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote an allegory about a series of small-town would-be heroes who the gullible public claimed resembled the Great Stone Face on the side of a New Hampshire mountain.
Anne Rice at The Vampire Lestat.
In the Winter of my twenty-first year, I went out alone on horseback to kill a pack of wolves.