A Happy Emo Morning

This morning I found myself walking down Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn on my way to the F train as the sun came up over the buildings. Some shop keepers tipped buckets of soapy water onto the sidewalk. Others unloaded fresh bread and bagels into their stores. The streets were quiet. No birds chirping. No one running. No cars.

So I walked in the street at sunrise.

I was listening to Ben Gibbard’s solo songs off of the album Home. Feeding into my whiny emo self.

On the train, before we went back underground, the sun hit us straight on. The passengers, all pretty much asleep, all made a collective groan.

When I got to Paragraph, there was no Thumbsucker, some random person was in my cubicle by the window and there was a protest going on outside.

I tucked away in one of the vacant cold spots in the room and dove into my Hunger Mountain edits on Part One: Dick of ALPHA HOUSE.

Good writing morning with a healthy does of self-doubt and fear.

A happy emo morning.

About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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