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Short Stories 365/27 | N.S. Beranek

“The Sandwich Artist” by Shane Allison, Best Gay Romance 2013 (Cleis Press). Edited by R. D. Cochrane and Timothy J. Lambert.

This story about two soon-to-be college graduates was another light-hearted respite from the heavier tales in the anthology, though I must say I was waiting for the other shoe to drop because of the conflicts the author set up at the start, and I was a little disappointed (yet also somewhat relieved) when they weren’t paid off.

Many of the antics in this tale are downright cringe-worthy not due to the writing, which I feel is meant to be funny and achieves that, but simply because of the setting of the story, a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop. We’ve already had actual YouTube video of a fast food employee taking a bath in a restaurant sink. A fictional depiction of two guys going at it on the cutting board after hours seems like bringing coals to Newcastle. But that’s just how I feel. Your mileage may vary.