A Writer’s Notes #18

This week, a quiz. Which writer entered this warning at the beginning of one of his novels? “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” a) Larry McMurtry b) Dave Barry c) Mark Twain d) T.C. Boyle e) Carl Hiaasen If you answered “c,” you’re a literary genius…for a day. It was Mark Twain, in Huckleberry Finn. I guess he just couldn’t resist.

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