Portland — After spending 48 hours in a small, coastal community, writer Thomas Snead is at a loss to find the exact words to encompass his preconceived notion of what the town should be.
Snead visited the community to sample one of its up-and-coming restaurants, but wants to make sure people reading his column know he briefly acknowledged the people with deep familial roots by reducing them to scenery in his story about the culinary charms of this small town.
“I noticed someone was at the post office,” Snead said, so he wrote the town post office serves not only as a place for packages and letters, but also “a place to discuss the weather, talk about sports, and catch up on the latest gossip.”
“Turns out writers have described where locals hang out as ‘a place to discuss the weather, talk about sports, and catch up on the latest gossip’ thousands of times.”
The difficulty for Snead is coming up with a new and inventive way to acknowledge the existence of the other 99% of people who inhabit the town on which he’s reporting.
“Sometimes we just see three or four people talking at a photographically interesting spot and just call it the ‘local gathering spot.'”
When asked if he’s worried about mislabeling a town and its residents, Snead says he isn’t too concerned.
“Half those people probably can’t even read anyway,” he said.
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