Kerry Callen is a SUPER-GENIUS.
1. It’s SNOW Miser, not COLD Miser. There is no Cold Miser. There has never been a Cold Miser. Stop saying Cold Miser.
2. “Friends call me” vs. “They call me.” A ruthlessly efficient bit of characterization embedded into that tiny lyrical difference. One that subtly underscores the differences between them, and opens up the world of the story, grounding it, providing emotional resonance.
First and foremost, the story is completely fictional. Think about it for two seconds: the lady gets in everyone’s face on the airplane EXCEPT the guy who antagonizes her, to whom she writes a perfectly well-thought-out and easily-photographable note? Wouldn’t 7A be a window seat, and in that…
If you’re fortunate enough to have not encountered the whole “Diane in 7A” story, please ignore. But otherwise… this is a great description of why I haven’t been buying it from day one, and why you shouldn’t either.
Adrian Tomine’s cover is specifically centered in New York (for obvious reasons), but certainly the crossroads of people in many, many, many cities around the world these days.