“The town was called Dayton.”

June 7, 2014 | 2

Recommended Reading: Rachael Maddux’sHail Dayton,” which features one of the finest opening paragraphs ever printed.

works on special projects for The Millions. He lives in Baltimore and he frequents dive bars. His interests can be followed on his Tumblr, Nick Recommends and Twitter, @nemoran3.


  1. @NickMoran

    Wow. I agree. I also loved “besot by hyper-conservative goofery.”

    I just forwarded “Hail Dayton” to a student I’m coaching, who fears she is irredeemably lackluster as a writer. I disagree. I think she has been beaten down by an idiot of a boss who “doesn’t like” her writing but can give her absolutely no specifics as to why. What I would like would be to stride into her office and smite him.

    My student’s assignment is to let the words of “Hail Dayton” wash over her.

    I am very excited about discovering Rachel Maddux. What a one-of-a-kind voice she [email protected]

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