January 01, 2016

Briefs: Opening Lines

Charles N. Insler

Every brief starts from the same point: the opening line and the first few sentences that follow. From this point, as each sentence passes, briefs diverge. One brief propels the reader forward and the other plods along, indistinguishable from the others in the queue. That introduction, and even the first sentence, serves as the initial point of divergence.

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