The Fiction of Owen Thomas

Famous First Lines

Featuring classic first lines from works across the literary spectrum, from Moby Dick to Fifty Shades of Grey, Famous First Lines is intended as a resource for those looking for a just little help getting that novel started. As you will see, not all of the suggestions offered below are still available. Feel free to post your own contributions to help our fellow authors.


First Line: “Who is John Galt?” (not available)


Alternative 1:

Who is John Galt, if not a fetishized Libertarian turning tricks for lonely Republicans looking for a little philosophy, however bereft, to cling to in the dark?             (available)


Alternative 2:

“Who is John Galt?” she asked him, finishing her burger made of well-inspected beef as they rolled along the new turnpike among their fellow commuters, each belted into non-flammable seats in cars specifically designed to not explode at the slightest collision.    (available)

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