You Are Fated to Sleep


Sadie Stein makes the worst coffee, or so she says in the Paris Review. Her coffee is always “awful in a different way,” sometimes too bitter, and at other times, too weak.

Stein reflects on her childhood love of Sleeping Beauty: “I was fascinated by the notion that, no matter how far you run, you cannot escape your fate.”

As an adult, Stein seems to be unable to escape her fate of making bad coffee. She finds comfort in having something in her life that feels out of her control.

Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →