So, This Happened.

Getting ready to go to a talk here at Cave Canem between Nikky Finney and Nikki Giovanni. As I finished up lunch in the campus cafeteria, I went to put away my tray. The dishwasher was a black gentleman in his 40s. I said hello. Here’s our conversation:

Him: Where are you from?

Me: New York.

Him: Like Flatbush?

Me: No, Harlem, but there is another writer here from Brooklyn.

Him: Oh. *pause* You remind me of RuPaul. Know who that is?

Me: I love RuPaul. She’s so smart.

Him: *blank stare*

Me: She said something like “You’re born naked and the rest is drag.” I love that. Like, we’re all performing all the time.

Him: *pause* You into that?

Me: No.

Him: *sighing* Thank you.

Me: Well, I’m too lazy to be a drag queen. It’s a lot of work, you know. I love them too.

Him: *blank stare*

Me: It’s cool there’s a space for everyone to be themselves.

Him: Yeah…

Me: Alright. Have a nice day.