On the phone, at a gas station, in our dreams
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Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish American author and Nobel Prize recipient who wrote short stories, novels, memoirs, children’s literature, and essays. He died in 1991.
He was still reading the Book of Job. The prophet Jonah tried to flee from God unto Tarshish, and Isadore Lemberger was fleeing from death unto Buenos Aires.
Yoineh Meir no longer slept at night. If he dozed off, he was immediately beset by nightmares. Cows assumed human shape, with beards and side locks, and skullcaps over their horns. Yoineh Meir would be slaughtering a calf, but it would turn into a girl.