“He’s a little strange, but I think you two would get a long.”
Richard Elman’s best known work may be the novelization for the move Taxi Driver. You can purchase a copy on EBay for a few dollars. The first time we met, he asked to meet me at his office at Stony Brook University. If a student interrupted us, he would ask me to leave. I was to bring in one short story, what I felt was my best.
He stood up as if he was sizing me– we were both over 6’ 2”. After shaking hands and small talk he asked me to take a seat. He sat down in the office chair and took the story from my hands. I was about to explain a little about the story, but he waved off any comments and leaned back. He leaned back so far, he scrambled his feet and kicked his legs forward so he’d not fall back. With a sudden glance of shock he waited for my outburst of laughter, but instead like his wave to stop any comments on my story, I kept quiet, nodded my head with sense of we’d best ignore that scene and let some peace settle back into the quiet office. Somehow I knew at that moment we were friends since I did not make fun of him.
Michael Robert Gordon is married and a father of four. He attended Stony Brook University. He writes most often while commuting to work on the Long Island Rail Road. His short stories and poems have appeared in small lit magazines both print and ezines. His novel Killer Commute was released last year on Champagne Books.