It can be compelling, catchy or something that sums up your work, but we need one sentence to feature in the Annual. A first line is always good, but you can use any sentence you wish.

Like a simple melody line that gains chords, a variety of keys, counterpoint, and develops into a grand piece, Peter had acquired a name, a knife, money, and an apartment.  In the space of six hours he’d acquired a life.

You know, I’m told all the time that everything is political.  Man, our socialist teachers explain, is a political animal, and, in fact, the personal is the political.  But between you and me, I’ve never believed that.  The political, in fact, is really only the personal dressed up in more flamboyant clothes.  There is no political man, only men, whose politics grow from their personal traumas.



Maybe it wasn’t the noise or the stink or the heat soaking his thin shirt that got to him; maybe it was simply that in Istanbul, the scene of his most complete failure, Peter so easily lost control of himself.