Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport
by Matthew Algeo
"Dan O'Leary staggered around the dusty track on the floor of Madison Square Garden like a drunken man."
Yes, people used to compete in walking at Madison Square Garden. And people would pay to watch this. It's insane!