First Line Friday

How To Live

There is just enough space inside here for one person to live indefinitely, or at least that’s what the operation manual says. Users can survive inside the TM-31 Recreational Time Travel Device, in isolation, for an indefinite period of time.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Talented Mr. Ripley

Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way.

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Storm Front

I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Final Problem

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished.

The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle

Empty House

It was in the spring of the year 1894 that all London was interested, and the fashionable world dismayed, by the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair, under most unusual and inexplicable circumstances.

The Empty House by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is NPR

"We’re going to talk to our listeners just the way we talk to our friends," Susan Stamberg remembers the legendary Bill Siemering telling his skeleton staff at one of their first meetings.

This Is NPR: The First Forty Years