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Welcome to the special feature, Your Barista Today Is: an entertaining AND educational feature designed to bring you information you can use and enjoyment that you need during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic. With everything turned on its head, why not work and play at the same time? Your barista today is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma stuffed in a cannoli, and for your drink today we recommend: metafiction—the theme for this week’s menu.

When I was a freshman in college, I took a seminar in metafiction that left me with what can only be called a morbid fascination with metafiction. It’s fascinating, yet pretentious. The opportunity for paradoxes is endless. It is vaguely reminiscent of living in an M. C. Escher drawing. If you are in the mood to cudgel your brains over the meaning of narrative reality, may I suggest the following menu:

Recommended reading:Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Recommended viewing:Inception
Meal suggestion:Extra-strength painkillers
Drink suggestion:Chamomile Tea


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