The Fishmonger Returns

"You want to win," the kid asked Rebecca, "or are you just doing a Ralph Nader kind of thing?"

By Dave Eggers
Published February 27, 2004 4:18AM (UTC)
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Giacomo parked his car but sat still for a moment, listening to that damned song again. He hated how much he liked it and feared that Rebecca, who was now headed from her car to his, would hear the tune tinking through his open window -- but even so, he couldn't bear to turn it off. It was "Get on Doug's Plank," by a newly formed Illinois supergroup, and it was just about the catchiest thing he'd heard since the demise of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and it was a good part of the reason that Doug Plank, at the moment the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for senator, was polling over 30 percent -- the only candidate in double digits.

The rest of this story is no longer online, but does appear in the book "The Unforbidden Is Compulsory, or Optimism."

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of "You Shall Know Our Velocity" and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."

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