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Enjoy the silence

January 26, 2013

She had never been in a bar so empty, so silent.

Are you open yet? she asked, and the bartender nodded. He poured her beer, and she carried it to a table a few feet away, wanting to stay close to another human being, but too self-conscious to sit facing him.

She considered making a song request. It’s so strange not to hear music, she said.

Sometimes, when I do this, people get bothered, he replied. They can’t handle their own thoughts. They ask me to turn something—anything—on.

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