(from Inventing the Abbots and Other Stories)
This story was like a kick to the gut. I saw myself in all the characters. I don’t think you’ve got to get old to feel old, but it helps. If you have the chance to read this, I suggest you do, kinda late at night, when you haven’t talked to somebody for hours. Worked for me.
I bought the book used last year when a shop called Molly’s here in Philly closed down. This was the first time I opened it, and when I did, a liquor store receipt fluttered out. It’s from October 28, 2000. It’s got a name on it. I hope Judith bought the three bottles of Chardonnay, the Pinot Grigio and the Crown Royal for a Halloween party, and that she had a good time. I hope the line that says Account Balance 0.00 is merely some default setting, and that she didn’t actually spend her last $54 even on liquor at Suwannee Beverage Superstore in Northern Georgia. Or that she did and it was the right move.