Category Archives: Wolf, Louisa

Abstention

by Louisa Wolf

After the marathon crowds disperse, she crosses a Brooklyn waterway—a river or a lagoon—and buys a new mug from a crabby artisan. She encases it in bubble wrap and pads it in a thick blue sweater for the jostling flight from Kennedy to O’Hare. She washes it by hand and dries it with a soft linen cloth before stowing it at the back of the top shelf, out of reach, where no child can threaten it with slippery hot cocoa hands. Where no coffee drinker might find and lose it in the den or on the deck, absorbed in the Sunday paper. (more…)