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 (2015) and Quotients (2020). She was a 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a 2012 Center for Fiction Fellow. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, the New Yorker, LitHub, BOMB, Narrative, Guernica, Bookforum, Vice, VQR, Austin Chronicle, and Catapult. She attended the MFA program at the City College of New York and the PhD program in communications at Columbia University.
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