Some Kind of Conversion: Half of a Conversation Overheard at Starbucks by Kenneth Nichols

…Yeah, so this atheist guy I’m talking to…

…Next semester, we’re doing a lot together…
…Having breakfast…
…Talking C.S. Lewis…
…He likes to work out…

…I refuse to do that with some of these guys, but he’s workable…

…He was Poli Sci, but now he’s going to law school…

…Yeah, the Christian Legal Society had a tremendous lawsuit two years ago because they wouldn’t allow homosexuals on the board…

…That’s what they’re about. They want to do stuff like that…

…And that’s another reason I want to go…

…I have no idea what that looks like…

…I’m praying God leads me though this long, arduous process…


Kenneth Nichols teaches writing at two colleges in Central New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State. (Go Bucks!) His work has appeared in publications including Coup d’Etat, Main Street Rag, Lunch Ticket, Prime Number, Skeptical Inquirer, the Tin House blog and PopMatters. He also reviews literary journals for NewPages, and 1.5 sentences of his work for the Not For Tourists Guide to Queens were quoted in The New Yorker.

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