There Are Worse Things Than Money
“Don’t get pimply before a trial. It’s a sign of stress. They’ll think you’re lying.”
The Americans who became our neighbors had three sons between them whom they bussed to international school from our street. On their way home the first day, the boys stopped by our houses with Lankan candies in their backpacks, and South American pot, and wanted to know, did we have anything German to contribute to the global marketplace? They knew nothing about our country except how to make money in it.
Deutschauto. Everybody auto.
loooofI’m about to touch your hand
Television watching, fidgeting.
I am a fucking Berliner.
Alicia Oltuski is the author of Precious Objects, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her work has appeared in Tin House magazine, W magazine, NPR's Berlin Stories, and other venues. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she received a David Berg Foundation Fellowship, and a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania. Interviews and features with her have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.