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Guest Post, by Bradley Sands: A Sentence About a Sentence I Love

“The only advice I can offer, should you wake up vertiginously in a strange flat, with a thoroughly installed hangover, without any of your clothing, without any recollection of how you got there, with the police sledgehammering down the door to the accompaniment of excited dogs, while you are surrounded by bales of lavishly-produced magazines featuring children in adult acts, the only advice I can offer is to try to be good-humoured and polite.”

–From Tibor Fischer’s The Thought Gang

Opening sentences serve as entryways into novels, and even though I have no idea what “vertiginously” means and it’s questionable regarding whether or not I cracked open a dictionary when I was first exposed to this sentence,  I do not think I would have read this book if it wasn’t for its existence.

Bradley Sands is the author of It Came from Below the Belt and My Heart Said No, but the Camera Crew Said Yes!

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John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

3 thoughts on “Guest Post, by Bradley Sands: A Sentence About a Sentence I Love

  1. I like the phrase “thoroughly installed” for a hangover, too, as if relief might just mean a phone call to the right demolition team. Plus it’s hilariously polite, foregrounding the sentence’s endpoint.

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