I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Jane Schapiro is the author of Inside a Class Action: The Holocaust and the Swiss Banks (University of Wisconsin Press) and the poetry collection Tapping This Stone (Washington Writers’ Publishing House). She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, and tutors student athletes at George Mason University, where she cheered on the men’s basketball team in its 2006 run to the Final Four.
Sitting in the center of the concert floor, we sang and clapped, but, as much fun as we were having, we were still waiting for proof of Steve’s story. As it turned out, we didn’t have to wait long. Midway through the concert, Springsteen leaned into the microphone and dedicated the next song to his new friend Steve.