Great Moments in Literature

“Lila Mae removed the two suitcases from the back of the pickup truck. The suitcases were new, with a formidable casing of green plastic. Scratchproof, supposedly. Her father had only been able to afford them because they were, manufacturer’s oaths aside, scratched—gouged, actually, as if an animal had taken them in its fangs to teach them about hubris.”

—Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist, 1999

 

“ELSEWHERE, THE MAN KNOWN AS KRAVEN DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN UNIQUE GREATNESS … MOVING SWIFTLY, SILENTLY, AND, ABOVE ALL, CALMLY! NO JUNGLE CAT WAS EVER MORE CERTAIN OF ITS INTENT — AND WITHIN MINUTES HIS TASK IS FINISHED!

—Denny O’Neil, AMAZING SPIDER-MAn, Vol. 1, No. 209, “To Salvage My Honor!,” 1980