» This Story:Read +| Comments

Best-Tellers List

After learning a few weeks ago that Dick Cheney had signed a contract to write a memoir about his long career in government and industry, we challenged readers to propose a first paragraph for the former veep's book. Culling the several hundred entries was, needless to say, a torturous process. Today we present some of our favorite renditions.

Discussion Policy
Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.
Sunday, July 19, 2009

I rack my brain whenever I search for the first sentence of anything I am composing. This thoughtful approach guided me as I sought a way to begin this memoir. I showed what I had written to Lynne. She immediately drew a big delete mark through my first two words and admonished me to get rid of "I rack." I replied, "I did."

This Story

-- Marla Peterson, Knoxville, Tenn.

On January 30, 1941, I entered the world a purple-faced, screaming baby. Some would have you believe that this is how I have existed ever since -- or at the very least during my years of public service. The truth is, I am much less evil and much more competent than most would give me credit for; after all, I have found success as a father, husband, CEO, chief of staff, congressman, cabinet member, and vice president of the United States. The insults so often hurled in my direction are actually ill-disguised contempt for the American system that was the vessel of my achievements. I am Richard Bruce Cheney, and this is my side of the story.

-- Paul Perrin, Silver Spring


CONTINUED     1                 >


» This Story:Read +| Comments
© 2009 The Washington Post Company