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On the Grounds: Amherst Coffee

RE-PRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE NEW YORKER, JUNE 6, 2012

Ignatius spends his down time trying to reconcile the early with the late Wittgenstein.

AMHERST, Ma. – I walk up to the barista, a troubled man of ambiguous age.  A perfectly groomed muffle of facial hair hides his muted expressions as he rubs the stainless steel milk frother.  I don’t see a menu anywhere in sight.  A wayward professor peers suspiciously in my direction: I haven’t seen her before.  From the vinyl stereo in the corner, anguished minor chords rumble gently; an unknown tune from an unknown psychotic.

Amherst Coffee is jostling with young anxiety.

And I’m not leaving.

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