Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Kapitoil, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Loner.
BY TEDDY WAYNE
Be kind to people on the way up, you may need them on the way down in the elevator when it gets stuck between the twelfth and thirteenth floors, and the six of you have to wait it out overnight, eventually sharing your darkest fears and wildest dreams, finding some common bonds out of what appeared to be a motley crew spanning the socioeconomic ladder—an arrogant investment banker, a defiant janitor, an ambitious lawyer, a just-retired secretary, a disillusioned teacher, a wise homeless man—and then your story is adapted into a Tony-winning play that self-consciously models itself off “The Breakfast Club,” and the movie version becomes a cult classic whose end credits, in homage, play Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”
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