Auteur Theory
Joyland, January 2019

Harper despised Anne the second they’d met the previous afternoon, their similarities limited to both having checked the boxes that read NIGHT OWL and I SNORE INFREQUENTLY on the incoming freshmen roommate survey and nothing else. Anne was a wispy, watery-eyed theater major who went to an arts high school in Nebraska and loved that she went to an arts high school in Nebraska even though Harper was certain there was no art there. Anne put up photos of her Nebraskan arts high school friends on a newly-purchased bulletin board. When she asked Harper where her photos of her high school friends were, Harper said, I don’t even think about high school. Also Anne snored frequently.