WHAT I WOULD LIKE - david erlewine


david erlewine

I would like a cheeseburger with red onions, a thin tomato slice, and crispy fries on the side. A five-year-old could order this.

364 days ago, shortly after my wife left (“all pep talked out”), I vowed to cure my stutter in one year. My manifesto was notarized, draconian consequences explicitly set forth.

A true professional, the notary read and signed without moving either eyebrow.

The waitress now openly stares. My eyes cloud.

I point at a blurred entry and all but throw the menu into her hand.

Tomorrow will arrive quickly.

David Erlewine
You Are Not A Stranger Here
Adam Haslett