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Rewriting Elvis NON-FICTION

BY YINKA REED-NOLAN

Danielle Has Agreed to Appear in a Documentary about Addiction My first Memory of Danielle is a sutured wound across her thigh. Part of me thinks it was an intentional wound because she showed it off – the orange discolored skin, puss oozing against a neatly threaded closure – but I can’t remember for sure. My second memory of Danielle is her jet-black hair, then her southern drawl and cackling laugh. I see her eating French toast sandwiches, making herself throw-up, then jumping on the kitchen table and belting out Skin and Bones by Marianas Trench. Even if she sings off key, Danielle is my Southern rock star. She is my other half, a representation of everything I lack. Danielle is obsessed with three things: anorexic watching, breakfast and Elvis. Not 1950s and ‘60s Elvis, but the 40

troubled, cracked out Elvis of the mid to late ‘70s. She thinks it is romantic the way he died “all fucked up”; she believes the drugs did him in. When I’m not working register at the grocery store where I met Danielle (she got fired a few months ago), I’m at the gym. Danielle says the gym is for schmucks who have people to impress, so lately “gym” has become code for sitting on public sidewalks eating strawberry tart frozen yogurt and listening to Danielle tell stories as she chain smokes, or sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of Starbucks and “anorexic watching.” One morning when we have all day to kill, we ride the bus to the city to make our way to the Starbucks on Union between Octavia and Buchanan. I like this Starbucks because I know it well; it’s the one I spend hours at every Wednesday afternoon before my behavioral therapy group.

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Niche is an online literary magazine that was designed to be limitless. It aims to provide a place where an array of voices, from experimen...

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