The best sentences we read today

--- "Alexander, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, even a cold pimp like Iceberg Slim—they were all mama's boys."

--- "Thus, the department’s claim that proving intent in the financial crisis is particularly difficult may strike some as doubtful."

--- "This year you could roll up a set of plans to place under the tree with a promise that this time next year you’ll all be wandering around in kaftans and low-slung trunks drinking fancy, fruity cocktails."

--- "The secret ingredient for TV chef Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks was cocaine, a former aide testified in London Tuesday."

--- "Cruelly, it smells like reverence."

Lydia DePillis is a reporter focusing on labor, business, and housing. She previously worked at The New Republic and the Washington City Paper. She's from Seattle.

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