Friday, May 22, 2009

On "Customer of Size" by Mary Jones (2169 words) ***

Here's how I'd expect a story about an overweight customer who is put through the indignity of having to "try out" a seat to find out whether he'll have to purchase two (something tells me an airline would be better off just placing a weight limit on the ticket itself at the time of purchase so as to make the problem less personal): I expect anger. I expect shouting and lost tempers and fights. But that's the beauty of this piece. We don't get the expected. Instead, we have a man who knows he's gotten too large and who takes all of the sad indignity in stride--and who in the process manages to teach others a few lessons in humility. Read the story here at Carve Magazine.

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