The Sorrows of Young Neri

No, I am not experiencing a nervous breakdown, a stroke or clinical depression. I’m just writing a book.

Frequenters of Cafe Arlosoroff probably think I'm currently in the throes of a serious crisis, maybe even a tragedy. I look around and ask myself what they are thinking: Do they think I'm in the grip of heartbreak, or that I've been diagnosed with a disease that will kill me? If any of them observe me for more than an hour, they probably think I'm in the midst of a nervous breakdown. The homeless people who pass...