That Thought and Nothing Else

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If you’re still waiting for the Muse to show up, look behind you—it might be driving the other direction. Ann Beattie tells the New Yorker how a bumper sticker inspired her story, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowgirl”:

I thought, Really? Who wants to express that thought, and nothing else? If there had been many bumper stickers on the same truck, the story might never have come into existence.


Roxie Pell is a student at Wesleyan University, where she writes for Wesleying and The Argus and tweets hilarious nuggets of pure wisdom @jonathnfranzen. More from this author →