Has Anyone Ever Been Happy In A Duane Reade – The Awl

Inacitythatworksovertimetomakeyoufeelalone,thereisperhapsnomoredepressingmundanitythanatriptotheDuaneReade。

Awaveofennuismacksyouinthefaceassoonasyouwalkin?

—?

generallythroughtheoutdoorbecausesomeschmuckwhoneverlearnedtoreadordoesn’tcaretoisexitingthroughthein,butveryslowlybecausehe’stalkingonhiscellphoneandisclearlyunawarethatthereareotherpeoplearoundhimwhomightalsoneedtomakeuseofthegoodsandservicesthestoresomewhatgrudinglyprovides。

Asyoucontemplateyourpurchasesinthatsicklylight,boredomgiveswaytotheheartsickrealizationthatyouareabouttobuybanalhouseholditemswhich?

—?

afteraseeminglyinterminablewaitattheoneopenregister,whereaclerkisscanningthingsattherateofanitemperminute?

—?

youwillthencarthometoyourtinybox,whereyouwillusethem,replacethem,andeventuallydie。

Thatwillbeyourcontributiontothelegacyofourspecies’evolution;youboughtabunchofgenericcottonballsandasswipesandthenyourbodymadeitsinevitablewayintotheearth(probablynexttothoseverysameasswipes,whichwillneverbiodegradenomatterwhattheypromiseonthe?

label)。

Godforbidyou’retheretopickupaprescription;thelineofoldJewsfumblingfortheirinsurancecardsandskeevyunshaventypeswhocannotrememberwhattimetheyweretoldtocomebackfortheirsyphilismedicationbutwon’tletthatstopthemfromcarryingonalongandheatedargumentwiththepharmacistwillmakeyouwonderwhetherornotit’sjusteasiertodiefromthefeveryou’rerunning。

(It’scertainlyquicker。

)

Outsideitisalwaysdusk?

—?

thesaddesttimeofday。

Everythingsmellslikecheapplasticandfailure。

You’ddroptothegroundandkickandscreamlikeyoudidwhenyouwereakidandyourmothermadeyoucomewithhertothecarpetingstore,butGodknowswhatkindoffilthisteemingaboutonthosedespondency-inducingfloors。

Ontheotherhand,apparentlytheyareservingbeernow。

Somaybeit’snotallmiseryand?

horror。

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