Jay Winston Ritchie

Montreal-based publishing entity Metatron is guest editing Everyday Genius this month. We'll be featuring excerpts from our new fall catalog as well as Canadian writers we like. Today's author is cool bro Jay Winston Ritchie.

How To Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying On The Inside

Open the fridge.

Stare at near-empty jar of peanut butter.

Spread peanut butter on white bread.

Feel borrowed nostalgia for white bread.

Pour a glass of water.

Drink the water - does it taste weird?

Drink it anyway.

Walk around in the rain when it rains.

Open your arms to the air

like in the Shawshank Redemption

like you just don’t care.

Break into the community pool

with your most attractive co-worker

and feel like you should kiss her

more than you actually want to kiss her.

Go to the library.

Log in to Facebook.

Scroll through newsfeed.

Scroll through newsfeed.

Hide in library bathroom.

Look out bathroom window

at the rain in the trees.

Jay Winston Ritchie is the editor-in-chief of The Void Magazine and the author of How To Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying On The Inside (Metatron, 2014) and Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac Press, 2014). He lives in Montreal.

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