Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer, comic book author, and screenwriter. His most recent collection of short fiction is Fly Already: Stories (2019). (April 2020)

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Eating Olives at the End of the World

A bowl of green olives

I’m sitting on my balcony at home now, watching TV and eating cheese and olives. It was difficult to get the TV out here, but if this is it, then there’s no better way to end it than with a starry sky and a lousy Argentinian soap. They’re beautiful, they’re emotional, they’re yelling at each other in Spanish. There are no subtitles, so it’s hard to understand exactly what they’re shouting about. I close my eyes and think back to the cashier at the grocery store.