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Dave Eggers: The Comebacker – The Atlantic

Dave Eggers: The Comebacker – The Atlantic

The day was cold, cold even for August in San Francisco. As Lionel walked over the Lefty O’Doul Bridge, the wind seemed to be coming from every direction—the Pacific, the bay, the brackish creek underfoot. And with every step, Lionel’s left shoe squeaked, an especially maddening thing, given that he’d just had them resoled. For years he’d passed a subterranean shoemaker’s shop, thinking it would be old-timey and fun to engage the ancient Romanian proprietor in some project. Finally Lionel had entered the man’s tiny shop and asked him to resole his favorite leather shoes, so soft they felt like moccasins. The whole encounter had been as quaint and satisfying as expected, until Lionel retrieved the shoes a week later and found that the left one now let out a cartoonish squeak with every footfall. Explore the September 2023 Issue Check out more from this issue and find your next story to read. View More When Lionel went back to the shoemaker, the old man shrugged. “Some shoes squeak,” he said. Lionel had learned to …