2.25.2014

ON READING THOMAS MANN WHILE WAITING FOR A DATE

first published in
the DATE REPORT

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I know what I’m wearing for my date.

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I don’t know what I’m wearing for my date.

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I know what I’m wearing for my date. I grab Magic Mountain, stuff it into my jacket pocket, and sit by my front door doing nothing for a surprising amount of time.

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I am three minutes early. Not wanting to seem over-eager, I walk around the block to de-frizz what my hat has wreaked. It’s unclear what direction she is coming from and I’ve only ever seen her at direct angles; the streets are fraught with possibility.

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I enter the restaurant and provide each blurred moon face with a personalized smile. The low-level prosopagnosia clears up. She is not here.

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