Literature

One Line. Many Thoughts.

This issue of “The First Line” began with the first line: “Three thousand habitable planets in the known universe, and I’m stuck on the only one without ___”
This issue of “The First Line” began with the first line: “Three thousand habitable planets in the known universe, and I’m stuck on the only one without ___”

There’s a wide range of indie literature magazines out there, which run the gamut from dependable to cruddy. But most have a similar format: book reviews, fiction, non-fiction, interviews, essays.

I know nothing about the literary merit of The First Line, but I can tell it apart from the pack—not by its font—but its distinctive take on writing. Unlike nearly all publications, it doesn’t have an à la carte policy in regard to submissions. Its format approximates to that of table d’hôte, which has a set menu.

Each issue is a collection of submissions that grows out a common first line, the object of the exercise being to see how many different roads can radiate out of a single locus. Its purpose, it says, is to “jump start the imagination.”

h/t: THE FIRST LINE

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