You ever find yourself at a bar or restaurant without a book or magazine to read? Or maybe your phone is dead? And you’re forced to contemplate the inner workings of your own consciousness for minute-long stretches at a time in between staring at the wall or the terrifying nightmare people around you? It’s an existential horror. You feel untethered from the world.
That’s what happened to author Jonathan Safran Foer a while back when he was digging into a burrito at Chipotle. “I really just wanted to die with frustration,” he told Vanity Fair.
Being an author, and one of some considerable influence, more importantly, he realized he didn’t have to deal with reality, he could shape it around him to his specifications. He reached out to Chipotle with an idea: what if authors like him wrote short stories that would be printed on their soda cups? Beginning today burrito-enthusiasts and other sad people of the world will be treated to pieces from Foer, George Saunders, Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison, Michael Lewis.
Check out the stories from Foer and Lewis at Vanity Fair, although you might not want to spoil them. You never know when you’re going to find yourself adrift in a sea of the mind, and mid-quality cheese and meat product.