What makes us pick up the stories we pick up, and what use do we make of them?

‘There is a story about a prisoner at Alcatraz who spent his nights in solitary confinement dropping a button on the floor then trying to find it again in the dark. Each night, in this manner, he passed the hours until dawn. I do not have a button. In all other respects my nights are the same.’

Jenny Offill, Dept. Of  Speculation 

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