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Watching two people not talking

In Things that happened on January 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I was in a café in Brooklyn waiting in line. I saw two people sitting at a table not talking to each other. They both had drinks – I think one of them had coffee. They were clearly together. Maybe I couple, I’m not sure, but they definitely came together. They were looking around. A guy and a girl. Both in their twenties probably. They avoided eye contact. When eye contact was made, it was brief (one second, maybe, on average) and seemed to suggest that they were expecting the other person to say something. The girl had her legs crossed. The guy was hunched over the table. Their facial expressions were the most interesting part to me. They looked like a cross between awkward and slightly sad. It was a feeling of unwarranted awkwardness – like they knew each other well and felt they should be past an awkward phase. It was like they were having this conversation:


I feel awkward because I have nothing to say.


I also feel awkward for the same reason, but I’m also just not in a talking mood.


If you’re not in a talking mood, why did you want to go out for coffee?


I don’t know. You’re nice to be around. We don’t have to talk – I’m really only awkward because of your awkwardness.


I’ll think of something really good to say and that will end this.


OK, I’ll just wait for that then.


You could also think of something. It doesn’t have to be all on me.


(sigh) Jesus, I just don’t feel like talking. I’m sad, kind of. And it’s for no reason I’m aware of. That’s a really strange place to be in, OK?


OK, I understand, then I will think of something to talk about that’s really interesting and then you’ll forget about your sadness. OK?


OK, sure.



In Poetry on January 6, 2011 at 6:04 am

I have told all of my girlfriends,

at one point or another,

that they be in therapy,

which, no matter how you look at it,

means that I should be in therapy.

Circa sometime soon

In News on January 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

I was interviewed and will be featured in this lovely magazine and blog:


There will be a written interview and a follow-up video interview, which they filmed recently. I think it went well.

There Are Cats, There Are Works In Progress

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2011 at 5:21 am

I’m thinking about starting a blog called, “My Girlfriend Is More Likable Than I Am.” I will post occasionally about my girlfriend being more likable than I am. What do you think?

Also, excited about starting work on a podcast tentatively titled, “The Long Coffee Table.” It will be a show featuring incredible anecdotes. More information to come.