Great Moments in Literature

“I come to my journal as a Catholick to a confessor. My bruises insist these extraordinary past five hours were not a sickbed vision conjured by my Ailment, but real events. I shall describe what befell me this day, steering as close to the facts as possible.”

                     --David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 2004

“HE STRIDES INTO THE THREATENING DARKNESS…AND NEITHER THE DARKNESS NOR THE CHAOS THAT IT CAUSES KEEPS HIM FROM THIS MIDNIGHT STALKING! THE FIRST FULL MOON OF WINTER PRESIDES OVER THE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION. FIRECRACKERS SHATTER THE DARKNESS, EXORCISING THE EVIL SPIRITS OF THE PAST YEAR. AND YET, THE YEAR OF THE HORSE HAS BEGIN WITH DISPAIR[sic]–FOR THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE HAS ENDED WITH GLOWING DEATH-PRINTS ON VULNERABLE FLESH!”

                     --Don McGregor, MARVEL PREMIERE, Vol. 1, No. 43, 
                             "In Manhattan, They Play For Keeps," 1978