A San Francisco Dating Tale

Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach.

I was rummaging through the stacks of City Lights Bookstore in North Beach when I noticed an attractive young woman in the Russian Literature section. She was reading The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, one of my favorite authors. I feigned interest in the nearby books, summoning the courage to speak to her.

“I love that book you’re reading,” I said. “I won’t have any coffee today. Just hot bread and onions.”

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.