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The opening sentences of academic papers are often dull – often extremely dull. Papers often begin  with the perfunctory phrase  ‘This paper does . . .’ or the worthy  ‘Scholarship in the area of . . .’  . Not that the papers themselves are  necessarily without suspense, intrigue and action (for the particular audience of course). But the genre demands that papers take  time to build a head of steam and the real action is often deep in page 11 or thereabouts where,  once the argument has been built and  the data delivered,  the discussion builds to its glorious and satisfying consummation.  That’s all well and good. But now and again it would be perhaps a little more engaging if papers grabbed...Read more

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