Enough, maybe you say, of rock 'n' roll covers of television-show theme songs

And maybe you say, enough, of a nostalgia for a nostalgia that was just commercial slop to begin with. But, quiet down, quiet down, and gaze upon the damp fluorescence of the dishwashing area of a bar/restaurant in Western Massachusetts. See a dishwasher named Peter, hunched over with scoliosis, and hear him say, as he always said, "I know I'm not going far in life, I know I wasn't meant for big things." See Peter and the other dishwashers singing along to this song, as loudly as they can, unembarrassed, unashamed for once. You never saw such joy, such glad white people, in your life. Enough, would you say, of these dishwashers and their happiness? Enough, of their fleeting moment of community? Of course, you wouldn't. So have a listen and don't say anything. Pretend your sneakers are all wet, and you're stuck somewhere you don't want to be, feeling that everything in the world is either above or to the side of you, and that you are-- along with your good co-workers-- friendless in this world, friendless. From that perspective, in the spray of the sprayer, in the middle of a bad year, I hope you won't find anything in the experience that is not excellent.

Will Eno is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, and a Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. His play THOM PAIN (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and has since been performed in many different languages and around the U.S. The past year, he has been at Princeton University, teaching playwriting, and as a Hodder Fellow. An excerpt of his play TRAGEDY: a tragedy appears in Harper's Magazine, this June. His plays are published by Oberon Books, in London, and by TCG, in the United States.