ALL THE WIGS OF THE WORLD
elizabeth crane

Bigwigs are everywhere, all around us. If you are the biggest wig in one world, you can be sure there is another world with a bigger wig than you. If you are not the biggest wig in your world, there is still a good likelihood that there is a smaller wig than you. If you are sure, though, that you are the smallest wig in your world, do know, that in other comparable worlds, there are still smaller wigs. And what about this: What if there’s a whole other world where everyone wants to be the smallest wig? Think about that for a minute. There are always bigger wigs and smaller wigs. There can be no biggest wig or smallest wig. Think about it: Who would decide such a thing? A panel of wigs? And even if a fair panel of judges was agreed upon by all of the wigs of the world, how then, to measure big and small? Height? Weight? Dollars? Rupees? There are too many ways to go, too many variables. Best to just try to find a wig that fits well. That right there is no small thing.

 

Elizabeth Crane is the author of three collections of short stories, When the Messenger is Hot, All this Heavenly Glory, and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts, been adapted for the stage by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater company, and appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica, Fail Better, and Five Chapters.