Read the ingredients on the back of your oatmeal, your butter
substitute, and your snack from the vending machine. Read the label on
your shampoo. Imagine that you yourself wrote it, wanting someone to buy
a promise of a better life via shinier, stronger hair. Read your own
palm. Translate the lines with what you already know but are afraid to
say aloud – that your teeth are rotting. That your parents are dying.
That you love the person you complain about constantly. That you are
afraid of success, not failure. Stop reading between the lines – it only
leads to stale unhappiness. Read your friend’s fortune cookie instead
of your own. Read Lolita. Read under the covers, and read to experience, don’t read to check things off your list. Read Spoon Fed. Read Alan Ball’s script of American Beauty. Always read the fine print.