The Long Line to Tonight
“In line, you cannot ignore the intelligence of the flesh.”
—all the smart things done at a desk. You are a thwarted full bladder that can earn no preferential treatment with the mind. The senses hyperventilate.
The LineThe Queue
Laughter came before the final letter.
Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, LitHub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Literarian, Narrative, and Guernica. O'Neill's nonfiction has been published in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, Bookforum, The Guardian and Rolling Stone online; in VQR, Grantland, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches at the City College of New York. Website: tracyoneill.net
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