Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction, the most recent of which, Improvement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in New York City with her dog, Lucille, and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson College MFA program.
The last time I was in London, I kept passing store windows full of tea towels and souvenir mugs with the motto Keep Calm and Carry On. I once read that when the British government dreamed up the slogan at the onset of World War II, the populace was insulted at being given advice that went without saying.