Something in Common

15 Apr

I was in a news meeting at the magazine and the talk turned to a salesman who had been re-hired. The guy’s a former Marine, married, digs the Beastie Boys. The thing is, he was shy in a crowd – the kiss of death for a salesman. Everyone was saying how his attitude is much improved since leaving the magazine and then coming back.

Meg, the editor I’d offered a ride to on 9/11 said, “He got scared out there. Someone said he was trying to write screenplays. The word is he’s very grateful to be back with a job that pays a steady paycheck.”

On the surface everyone was saying “nice” things.

The subtext was in flashing neon:

“Who does he think he is?”

“Cutting himself out of the pack”

“Writing screenplays”

“We could have told him he would fail.”

(2005)

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